Thursday, August 10, 2017

Seeing Beautiful: Carolina Curly Tail?

Who am I, really? *sigh*
While our son was out for a walk with his girlfriend recently he saw a woman walking a dog that "looked just like Toby". She told him it was a yellow lab/Carolina Dog mix.

Carolina Dog, aka American Dingo
By Kurt Sagmeister -

See the curly tail? We've never known where Toby's curly tail came from. He's a lab/golden retriever mix, but we always knew there had to be something else in there too. Popular guesses have been Chow Chow and Shiba Inu.

Mystery Tail
Could the mystery of the curly tail be solved?

Preliminary mitochondrial DNA testing performed by the University of South Carolina's College of Science and Mathematics shows a possible strong genetic link between Carolina Dogs and other primitive breeds like the Australian Dingo. -

And how much fun can we have calling Toby an American Dingo?


Dixie Dingo

Darling Dingo Dog

I even have an authentic Aussie hat...
 Carolina dogs have stand-up ears too. Toby's are floppy but they do stick out from his head in a funny way. So we tried holding his ears up to see if he looked like a Carolina dog.

Carolina Dog. Notice the white spots on the toes and stand-up ears.
By Tomc1977

What do you think? Is Toby part Carolina Dog?
It doesn't really matter what breeds are combined in Toby. We "see beautiful" in him in every way. But it is a fun puzzle. We'd rather have the mystery to enjoy than do DNA testing or anything scientific like the mitochondrial analysis quoted above. 

BUT - the rescue DID save him from a pound in N.Carolina…home of the Carolina dog… just saying… 

If you're curious about this "primitive, first American dog breed", click here for info and a video of Carolina dogs.

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  1. The tail is cool but I really love that hat!

    1. Haha, it's an Akubra. My husband got it when the aircraft carrier spent several days in port in Sydney, Australia.

  2. You never know, but one things for sure...Toby's a cutie!!

  3. Crikey Toby whatever your mix we think it is 200% wonderful.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. oh that can be... you look like such a fabulous caroline pup... but the main thing is that you are beautiful and da bestest companion a human can ask for ;o)
    btw: to spit in da socks means the mama maybe should waddle along a little bit faster before we all get wet like river rats with that evil rain ;O)


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