About Nature's Way Carolina Dogs

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Seymour, Tennessee, United States
Welcome to my site about my Naturally Reared Carolina Dogs! Carolina Dogs are a relatively new, rare breed recognized by the UKC, AKC-FSS & ARBA, and are quite possibly America's own indigenous wild dog. CDs make wonderful companions, athletes, hunters, and bedwarmers! Natural Rearing is the philosophy wherein we raise our dogs and puppies by following the 8 Laws of Health, employing Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and no toxic chemicals on, in or around our dogs. We have found this way of life fosters balance, health and longevity in our beloved companions. For our puppies, we welcome homes that have a very similar philosophy about dog rearing, or wish to learn. Check us out, follow us and share us in other places!!! YouTube@ Susan NaturesWayCarolina Dogs NaturesWayPets and FaceBook @ https://www.facebook.com/mycarolinadog on Twitter @https://twitter.com/NaturesWayCDs Thank you so much for visiting our site, feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email! susanlewelling@yahoo.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dog Owners Need a Shark!

I just want to say that ANYONE that owns a dog (or especially more than one) needs a SHARK 2 in 1 Vac-then-Steam. I do not get any money or other considerations  for promoting  this product.  I just believe in passing on tips that work.
This thing is GREAT! it is easy to use, lightweight, plenty strong & durable. I am not easy on any appliances or tools I own, so if something makes it at my house, it is truly a good product! It does great at vacuuming and switches quickly & easily over to the steam cleaner option. It has gotten my kitchen floor cleaner than it has been in years and without the use of toxic chemicals, actually with only water!
the only con I have found is that it dont have good suction unless it is flat on the floor. If it is flat,  it does pick up even somewhat large/heavy objects like pebbles and candy wrappers, dirt clods etc.

Here is link to the Shark site and the specific product I have: http://www.sharkclean.com/Shark-MV2010-Vac-Then-Steam/ . I got mine at Wal-mart and I think I paid less than it is listed on this site, I think I paid about $129.00.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall 2012

Fall 2012 is shaping up to be a busy time for us at East Tennessee Dingos. 

All the puppies have moved on to wonderful new homes and we are contemplating a litter for Early Spring 2013. Our objective for this litter is for a puppy to keep for ourselves. A second generation,  Naturally Reared Carolina Dog for the future. If you are interested in a healthy, happy, family raised puppy from this litter, please email me a completed 'application' ASAP, or if you have already been approved let me know you want to make a reservation and send in your deposit. I do not breed without several committed homes for the puppies (more than verbal is needed), so this is essential. My deadlines for commitments is December 10th. 

 In the meantime, we are making improvements around our little homestead. We have our driveway in now and are working on more grade work, positioning buildings, planning future projects(garden, shed/lean-to, kennel for rescues, home additions, and more) figuring out where we will need gates and the like so we can get our fencing up. We have some inside work to do on the dog's bedroom. With our first litter we learned several things about raising puppies in the house (versus out in a kennel) one being that the walls need to be of a material that is more durable!  We are going to be busy through next spring!
After years of dreaming and waiting for the right time (and the money), I am going to be starting classes to further my education! This will take awhile, but I hope to end up certified and qualified as a Small Animal Naturopathy Consultant/ Natural Animal Health Coach and Certified Natural Rearing Breeder.  This is a field I am already passionate about and research daily. I hope to expand my knowledge and ability to help my dogs achieve "healthy wild" as well as to assist others to enhance their pet's health.

Here are some recent pictures of Cooter and Daisy. They seem to think that all this construction has been to create new play areas for them! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Carolina Dog Breed Standard.

Transposed from American Rare Breed Association website


Official U.K.C. Breed Standard*
Sighthounds Group
© Copyright 1996, United Kennel Club, Inc.


When the first primitive humans crossed the Bering landbridge into North America from Asia, they were accompanied by a primitive form of dogs that resulted from the domestication of southwest Asian wolves in the region of Iraq a few thousand years earlier. 

These small, nondescript dogs moved quickly with their human companions down through the western part of North America. Skeletal remains and mummified bodies of these dogs have been found along with the artifacts of the Basket Maker culture of the primitive Southwest Indians. From here, these primitive dogs moved into the eastern United States. Archeological investigations have documented ceremonial burials of these dogs, an indication their presence in the southeastern forested woodlands as companions of the Indians of that region, long before the arrival of the white man on this continent. 

Recently, studies of the free-ranging dogs of certain regions of South Carolina and Georgia have disclosed the continuing existence of small primitive dogs whose appearance, as well as behavior and general ecology, suggest a close ancestry (if not direct descent) of type from those first primitive dogs. Called the "Carolina Dog," these animals most closely resemble the Dingo of Australia, which may indeed be among their closest living relatives. The striking resemblance between these dogs and the Dingo, half a world apart, is likely due to the way in which both animals have filled a free-living, or as it is known-pariah, niche on the fringe of human civilization and culture. 

The Carolina Dog was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995. 


The Carolina Dog is a dog of medium build, possessing the general appearance of a small jackal or wolf in combination with many features of a small Sighthound. The distinctive features of the breed are those which confer survival advantages under free-living conditions in tallgrass savannah and bottomland swamp forest habitats of the southeastern United States. The dog typically has a medium-length straight back, with a distinctive waist which sets-off a deep brisket from a highly tucked-up loin. The tail is distinctive in both its fish-hook-like configuration and its variable carriage, depending on mood. The large, upright ears and long, graceful neck are also distinctive and suggest the appearance of a small, versatile and resourceful predator well-adapted to surviving on its own in a natural habitat. In ideal conditions, a Carolina should appear thin and "tight." It is permissable, for example, for the ribs to show slightly as in a well-conditioned racing sighthound. Individuals that are greatly overweight should be severely penalized. The dog is to be shown in a natural condition, with little or no evidence of grooming or scissoring. Whiskers are not to be removed. 


A generally shy and suspicious nature may be characteristic, but excessive fear and any resistance to examination is not desirable. 
Very serious fault - Outward aggression. 


The skull is strong and impressive. It is broad between the ears and moderately rounded, and has ample muscle. There is a distinct furrow extending down between the eyes. The forehead is slightly rounded. There is a distinct occiput. The stop is slight, but distinct. Younger dogs often show a distinctive, fine wrinkling on the forehead, giving a frown effect. 

Viewed from above, the head forms a wide triangle; the tapering of the muzzle being accentuated by the highly-developed jaw muscles. 

The skull tapers to a strong, distinctively pointed muzzle. The length of the muzzle is approximately equal to the length of the cranial portion of the skull. The jaws are powerful, clean and deep. The tight-fitting lips are predominately black. 

A full complement of white, well-developed, even teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. 
Serious faults - Undershot bite. Overshot bite. 

The almond-shaped eyes are dark brown in color. They are set obliquely. Eye rims are black and unbroken. Overall expression is one of softness and intelligence, but highly cautious.  Blue or orange flacks in eyes are permitted.    Blue eyes are a minor fault. 

The nose is black and has large, well-opened nostrils.  Minor faults - Liver-colored nose. Dudley nose. Butterfly nose. 

The ears are distinctive and expressive, and versatile in carriage. They are slightly rounded at the tip, and fine in texture. The ideal ear is shaped like an equilateral triangle, although the base may be slightly shorter than the ascending edges. They are carried erect when alerted, but can be folded carried back along the neck. The ears are set well on top of the head, slightly pointing forward. Ear placement is more important than size, but it is essential that they be forward-pointed and set on top of the head. 

A characteristic position is for one ear to be firmly pricked, and the other to rotate sensitively to pick up sounds. 

Semi-prick ears are permitted, but are to be penalized according to the degree of deviation from a full, upright configuration.    Drop ears are a major fault. 

Solid pink.    Dark spots or pigmentation on tongue is a disqualification. 


The neck is notable in its strength and development. It is strongly crested, fitting well into the shoulders, thus accentuating the crest to give the head a lofty carriage. The neck is graceful and swanlike, yet muscular and well-arched, providing the animal with a means of making rapid and effective downward stabbing movements with the head when hunting in tall grass. 
Serious faults - Short neck. Throaty neck. 


The long shoulders are laid back. 

The forelegs are straight. The forearms have good length, moderate bone and distinctive musculature. The moderately straight, flexible pasterns are of good length. 


The chest cavity is well-sprung, and is deep, with plenty of lung and heart room. The chest is narrow-to-medium in width. The deep brisket reaches to the elbows in mature specimens. The deep brisket ends in a definite waist with a well-defined tuckup. The back is strong and straight. It may be moderately long, but must have no suggestion of slackness. There is a slight rise over the loin. 


The hindquarters are strong, powerful and muscular. They are set under the body. They are well-angulated and exhibit tremendous drive and agility, enabling the dog to turn quickly while moving forward. The hindquarters are parallel when in full gait. 

The thighs are thick, strong and well-muscled, almost as in a well-conditioned racing sighthound.  Dewclaws are not desirable. 


While standing, the forefeet may be slightly turned out, but equally so. The moderately small feet are compact, never splayed. The toes are well-arched. The pads are hard. The nails are strong. 


Like the ears, the tail is a most expressive and characteristic feature of this breed. It is set on as a continuation of the spine. It has a moderate brush, but is most heavily haired on the underside, which is  light-colored or at least paler than the upper surface, which may show some dark sabling. 

When the dog is alert, the tail is held in a characteristic "fish hook" carriage, usually at about a 45-degree angle from the horizontal. When the dog is gaiting at a trot, the tail is usually carried in a downward "pump handle" configuration. At other times, especially when the dog is being approached by stranger, the tail may be held low or tucked between the rear legs, but it must never be slack or loose in its hang. 

Serious faults - Any tail which twists, curls or in a tight roll over the back 


This is a distinguishing feature of the breed. Its appearance is affected by the seasons. The winter coat is distinctly heavier than the summer coat. In the cooler months, there should be a wealth of undercoat. Animals showing shedding at appropriate times of the year are not to be penalized. 

On the head, the ears, and front legs, the hair is short and smooth. Coarse, longer guard hairs (longer than the undercoat) extend over the neck, withers and back. When aroused, this hair stands erect. The coat behind the shoulder blades is often lighter in color. 

The skin is pliant, but not flabby or loose. 

Faults -Long, curly, wavy, or broken coats. 


Preferred color: a deep red ginger with pale buff mark-ings over the shoulders and along the muzzle. Acceptable colors: variations in color, grading from straw-colored through wheaten to pale cream buff

The preferred and acceptable colors usually include lighter colors on the underside, chest and throat, sometimes being nearly white on the throat. Some white on the toes is common and not to be penalized. Dark sabling over the back, loins and tail is permissible. Dogs less than two years of age often have all-black muzzles, but this is not required. 

The following color patterns are permitted: piebald spotting; and black blanket back. 


The average height, measured at the withers, generally ranges from 17 to 24 inches, but can vary according to build. Type and symmetry are more important than size. Weight is dependent on the overall size and build of the individual, and varies from approximately 30 to 55 pounds. 
Bitches are generally lighter in build than dogs, but the sexes overlap broadly in both size and weight. At no time should the breed appear heavy-bodied. 


Gait is low, free-moving, effortless and smooth. There is a suggestion of flexibility in the back, as would be expected for a small sighthound capable of a double suspension gallop. 
Serious faults - High, choppy, or hackneyed gaits. Toeing-in. Toeing-out. Moving too close behind. 

DISQUALIFICATIONS  Viciousness or extreme shyness.  Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.