Molly The Carolina Dog (American Dingo!)

When I adopted my dog from the pound, I was told she was a German Shepherd mix. I named her Miss MollyAnna, Molly for short, and she quickly became my best friend.


Me and Molly. :)

I was only 11 when I first got her, but I was absolutely obsessed with dogs and knew a lot about different breeds. I soon developed a theory that she was a Carolina Dog, which is a breed most people haven't heard of. It's not an AKC (American Kennel Club) accepted breed, so you won't be seeing it at those dog shows on TV, but it is recognized by ARBA (American Rare Breed Association) and UKC (United Kennel Club). You can not imagine how super excited I was by this. I had a piece of living history right in my house! (On my bed LOL.)

A Carolina Dog. Source:

A Carolina Dog (soft-coated). Source:

Carolina Dogs are a pariah type dog, which means they are feral, not completely tame. These dogs have been living in the wild in America, mainly in remote parts of South Carolina and Georgia, and only within the last 30 years have we realized that they are more than just strays. Now it is thought that these dogs are genetically similar to the ancient dogs that originated in Asia approximately 6,000 years ago. They share ancestry with the Australian Dingo, hence their nickname "American Dingo."

A wild Australian Dingo. Source: Wiki

A tamed Australian Dingo. Source: Wiki

This breed is in it's "natural state," as in, it was not bred for any of it's traits. This breed was developed by living in their natural habitat, and humans have not changed them to our liking at all, as we have nearly all other breeds of Canis Lupus Familiaris (Domestic Dog).

A Carolina Dog. This is the exact expression Molly has when she spots a bird or something! Source:

A Carolina Dog. The wrinkly forehead is a typical trait; Molly's forehead often does that but I don't have a picture of it. Source:

As I learned more and more about the Carolina Dog, I was just amazed at all the traits Molly had in common with them. Things I thought were just her quirks were actually typical for the breed! For instance, she makes "snout burrows" and eats dirt in the Fall and Winter months. She's extremely intelligent, hunts and eats small animals (I usually manage to stop her from doing that), and is very reserved around people and dogs outside the immediate family. Another awesome fact is that they are very healthy dogs and have a relatively long lifespan (15 years), considering their size.

A Carolina Dog and her pups. I bet Molly was a super cute puppy! Source:

A Carolina Dog family, aren't they so sweet?! Source:

When I first got Molly, she was almost a year old already, and had been abused. They also told me, based on her scars, she had probably been used as a bait dog, to train Pit Bull type fighting dogs. Despite that, after a lot of love and training, she became the most amazing dog (yes, I know I'm a biased dog mommy :). I went through so many things with her. When I ran away from home one time, she escaped the house and found me, and led me back home. I never needed a leash with her, she knew when it was not a good time to run after a squirrel. She knew when I was upset, and would put her head in my lap. She had a strong prey drive but knew that our family cats, rabbits, etc. were not for eating, and would let them crawl all over her! She would drool but not move a muscle, lol!

Molly bossing around my step-dad's giant dog, Zeph.

Molly and our hamster, Lynnie.

Molly has learned countless commands in her lifetime. I taught her many beyond the usual sit, stay, come type commands. Training Molly is not like training another dog. I would show her what I wanted, and wait for her to do it, if she felt like it. I know that sounds ridiculous, but if you tried to be dominant with her, she would completely shut down and not move at all.

Napping Molly. <3

Molly at the beach. She can swim very well but generally won't because she hates getting dirty.

She has also taught herself many words, and listens to us talking. She knows when we are planning on leaving, and if we're planning on taking her with us! Although she rarely gets a bath and even more rarely goes to the boarder's, she would know when we were planning it and run to hide under my bed. These days, she accepts it, and sulks to the bathroom or car with her tail between her legs before I can even tell her to. It's so funny and pathetic.

Cute Molly.

Lazy Molly.

Of course, I could go on and on about Carolina Dogs. But really, Molly is more than just her breed. She is a unique dog that has been my best friend since I was 11. She has ignored her extremely strong instincts to be the most well-behaved dog I've ever had, and she does it out of love, not because I order her to. Though the breed standard warns that Carolina Dogs may not good with young children, she has been protective, patient, and careful with my daughter since she was first born.

Molly and baby Kaylee.


Molly is 12 now, and getting arthritis, but you can still find her playing in the backyard with our insanely energetic Pit Bull puppy. I hope she has a few more good years left in her, because I'll never get another dog like her. Even if I do buy a Carolina Dog, no dog could replace Molly. So I've decided to continue getting all my pets from the shelter; not based on breed or looks, but on how much they need a forever home. :)

Molly and our puppy, Aries.

Our kids!

Sources of information: Wikipedia and


Mary said…
What a sweet puppy! The pictures of Molly and kaylee are precious!
Karen Greenberg said…
This was interesting. We had a dog that we couldn't keep, due to the fact he kept peeing in the house. No matter what we did, he just marked everything. We were told he was part German Shepard and part Dingo. Now I've got to wonder....
Anna said…
Love all these pictures!

I feel the same way about my dog, Sophie. She could never be replaced. I think it's wonderful that you plan to continue adopting from the vet. I feel the same way! All dogs need a loving home. <3
Anna said…
* Whoops, I mean
Carole said…
So cute.
PS If you go to Layout in Blogger and click add gadget, one of the options is Blog List - click the plus button and from there it is easy you just put in a heading, pick some blogs from the blogs you follow and save. If you want a list of links that go to specific posts you use Link List instead.
Have a great day.
Felicia said…
So cool to have a little piece of history that is also a trusted friend!
Cami said…
Oh my. This is such a cool post..I LOVE IT :)
Molly is just SOOO CUTE!!! :)
Baby Kaylee & Molly are so precioussss together <3
I was told she was a German Shepherd mix. I named her Miss MollyAnna, Molly for short, and she quickly became my best friend. Pet Waggin
Molly Dog said…
I have a Carolina dog named Molly too! Where in the country did you adopt her from?
Amalia Torres said…
I am looking for information on the American Dingo. I love your article it's very nice to know that there are others that write about their Dingoes because we sure can not find REAL information on the breed unless they own one.. lol!
My little guys name is Shep and I have to say that he is by far a little more than a "dog" he looks at my fiance and I as his pack lol. We adopted him and he is my therapy companion. He is very intuitive from the day we brought him home. He is extremely intelligent and loving> Of course he is also only 9 mnths so he is also very playful. I take him to the store with me and one day realized that he knew how to undo seatbelts as his leash clips him into one in the truck. But he didnt remove it until we were getting out of the truck. He is allowed to go into all of the store with me and he gets so excited that heh hugs everyone. I dont know what I would do without him, He has truly changed our lives forever...
NormanF said…
By a strange coincidence, I adopted a dog described as a GSD mix. I did some sleuthing and found I may well have a Carolina Dog on my hands!

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