|Barked: Tue Jan 3, '12 4:08am PST |
|Decker, I'm no expert, but I have something to add.
I know my Lily's mother was a Lab, but I suspected she might be part Carolina Dog, also. She closely fits most of the physical standards, and exhibits many of the listed primal behaviors, as well; digging scent holes, being very vocal, etc.
Still, we're in Oklahoma, so it didn't make sense to me that a Carolina Dog would be here. I work for the Cherokee Nation, though, and one day it struck me that the Cherokee Nation was forcibly resettled here from North Georgia and the Carolinas. It made sense that they would have brought their dogs.
I took Lily to see a tribal historian. He confirmed that she was a "Spirit Dog", as Carolina Dogs are known in Cherokee history. He showed me many photographs and drawings from recent times back to art done on the Trail of Tears. He also showed me artwork depicting yellow Spirit Dogs that predate the arrival of the European Settlers.
Again, I'm no scientist, but in the 1970s, in Russia, they took wild foxes and practiced selective breeding, only allowing foxes that were friendly to humans to breed. Within a few generations, not only had the foxes developed many dog-like behaviors, they had also inexplicably developed wildly varied changes in coloration, curled tails, floppy ears, etc. When domesticted pigs go feral, within just a few generations, they become boar-like, with hair and tusks.
It stands to reason that the Carolina Dog might be a primal form, and that feral dogs might revert to it within a few generations of returning to the wild, but the Cherokee Nation takes their history very seriously. I believe what he showed me; and I believe Carolina Dogs were here before the European dogs. I'm sure they've interbred since, but I definitely think there were aboriginal dogs here before the Mayflower.
Maybe the Vikings left them behind. ; )
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