Carolina Dog Breed Information – Guide To A Rare American Breed
The Carribean Dog (Cerdo Canario) is a rare breed of dog from the island nation of Puerto Rico. They are one of the most popular breeds in America. There are approximately 1,000 known breeding pairs worldwide. They originated in the Caribbean islands and were brought to Puerto Rico when Spanish settlers arrived there during the 1500’s.
They have been bred continuously ever since.
The Carribean Dog is very friendly and affectionate with children and other dogs. They are not aggressive towards humans or other animals but they do need regular exercise. Some of their favorite activities include: playing fetch, chasing squirrels, walking on a leash, sitting patiently waiting for someone to pet them, lying quietly in the corner of your living room while you watch TV…the list goes on!
They are social dogs that enjoy spending time with others of their kind. They make excellent family pets because they love attention and will always try to please you. Their intelligence makes them good companions too. However, some owners prefer to keep them confined indoors at all times so they don’t get out and feel the freedom of the outdoors again.
Other owners like them outside where they can run around freely, play tug-of-war with each other or just sit quietly in a corner watching TV.
They are a unique breed of dog and have some interesting physical features. For one thing, they are generally larger than most dogs. However, their bodies are very sturdy and muscular and they can tolerate high amounts of exercise. They are covered in a short coat of fur that requires little grooming.
Most owners keep them shaved down except around the feet where the fur is a bit longer to avoid injury when running around.
The Carribean Dog comes in two different colors: black and brown. The average height of the male is around 24 inches and the average weight is between 80 and 100 pounds. Female Carribean Dogs are significantly smaller than their male counterparts, averaging between 20 and 24 inches in height and 50 to 70 pounds in weight.
They typically have three different breeds within the one bloodline: the Great Dane, Mastiff, and Running hound all mixed together. They have been bred to possess the most desired traits of each breed within them, hence why they are so large. They have short coats of fur that are black or brown in color and their ears are usually cropped.
The Carribean Dog is a very new breed within America. They first came from England and were brought over during the mid 1800’s. Since then they have become popular among American hunters who appreciate their speed, stamina, and skill when it comes to finding and catching prey.
The History of the Carribean Dog
The Carribean Dog is a relatively new breed within America. Their history dates back to the mid 1800’s when they were first brought over from England. The exact details surrounding their discovery and introduction to the United States are unclear but it is known that they were bred and introduced to American hunters during those times for several reasons.
The Carribean Dog is a breed that is primarily comprised of three different types of hounds which were mixed together to create the desired traits of the dog: the Great Dane, the mastiff, and the Running hound (which is now extinct). They were brought over from England by English hunters during the mid 1800’s. The exact details of their discovery are unclear but it is known that they were bred with great care in order to create a new breed that possessed certain desired traits. The Running Hound was used because of its superior tracking skills, ability to follow a scent, and the fact that it could run for extremely long periods of time without getting tired.
The Great Dane was used for its height because of course. Last, but certainly not least the mastiff was used for its strength, stamina, and their ability to withstand colder temperatures since many of the American hunters at the time traveled extremely long distances in search of game.
The Carribean Dog as it is seen today came about as a result of these three breeds being mixed. The first breeding of these dogs occurred sometime around the mid 1800’s. It was at this time that they were first brought over from England and introduced to American hunters. Since then, they have steadily grown in popularity.
The dogs were originally only bred by a few breeders within the Caribbean region (hence the name) but have since spread to all parts of the United States and are becoming more popular in recent years.
During the 1800’s there were many stories told about these dogs. They were said to be great hunters with an extraordinary sense of smell and an excellent sense of hearing. They were also said to be excellent hunters who could track prey for extremely long periods of time. It was also said that they did not react well to cold weather and were not meant to live within the Northern parts of America.
These stories were most likely exaggerated, as the dogs without doubt had hunters trying to encourage them to breed at the time and therefore would say anything to try and sell their product.
Today the Carribean dog is still used by American hunters who appreciate its skill in tracking prey and its endurance when on the hunt. They are also sometimes kept as pets by those who enjoy having a dog that can run extremely long distances with ease.
Externally, the Carribean Dog closely resembles the Great Dane though it is more muscular and leaner than its ancestor. It is a very large dog but not as large as the Great Dane. It stands at an average height of 27 inches for males and 25 inches for females. The average weight for males is 180 lbs and 160 lbs for females.
Both are extremely strong.
The body of a Carribean Dog is longer than it is tall and very muscular. Its head also resembles that of a common Great Dane though its snout is shorter. It has small, pointed ears that lie flat along the head. Its eyes are a deep brown.
The Carribean Dog has a short, smooth coat that is most commonly black in color though it can also be any shade of brown. The underbelly and legs are white. It has a ridge of hair running down its spine (known as the medial crest) and the tail is long and tapers to a point. The dog has a short, smooth coat.
The Carribean Dog is an extremely intelligent dog that learns commands quickly. It is a brave and loyal creature that makes a wonderful pet. It is also extremely affectionate towards its owner and becomes very attached to them. It is an extroverted dog that enjoys the company of children and strangers alike.
It tends to get along with other dogs though it does have a tendency to try and assume dominance over other dogs despite its laid back nature.
The Carribean Dog is not usually aggressive but is very protective of those it loves. It makes a good watch dog though its tendency to avoid conflict makes it less than ideal as a guard dog. It will become fiercely aggressive towards any perceived threat however if attacked. It also has a tendency to be dominant towards other dogs and will most likely attempt to establish dominance if another dog is present.
It rarely barks and does not make for a good alarm system.
The Caribbean Dog tends to be independent in its thinking and is not easily commanded. It does not usually obey orders from a stranger and will only listen if it feels like doing so. It can however be trained if the trainer is someone it respects or loves. It is an extremely loyal dog though and makes an excellent companion for those that can gain its trust.
Its problem with dominance means that it is not well suited to living alongside other dogs.
Some Caribbean Dogs have been noted as having aggression issues with both people and other dogs. These dogs are usually extremely aggressive and uncontrollable. They require experienced trainers and owners with a strong personality that can assert themselves as the Alpha individual. The number of dogs showing these traits is small however and such behavior can usually be corrected through training.
The Carribean dog is a very healthy animal. It has no genetic flaws or specific health concerns.
Exercise and Activity
The Carribean Dog is an energetic dog that requires both physical and mental exercise on a daily basis. It makes a good running or jogging companion for its owner and enjoys activities such as agility, obedience, and tracking. This dog does not do well when it is confined to a backyard and needs to spent time interacting with people. It is very intelligent and can become destructive if it does not have proper outlets for this energy.
It also requires mental stimulation such as brain games.
The Carribean Dog can be a good choice for people who lead sedentary lifestyles and are looking for a dog to exercise with. This dog is not good for owners that work all day and leave it confined to a yard alone. It also does not make a good choice for families with small children as it tends to be too boisterous for them.
Excerpt From The Dog Breeder’s Handbook:
The Caribbean Dog is a rare breed that is only found on the islands around the Caribbean Sea. It is related to the English Mastiff and shares some of its physical traits such as size, coloration, and body shape. It also has similar personality traits including friendliness, playfulness, and a protective nature. The Caribbean Dog has been around for generations as a working dog on farms and plantations located throughout the many islands in the Caribbean.
It is also a favorite among sailors who work on the many ships that sail these waters.
The color of the Caribbean Dog can vary from black or tan to brown. It typically has a short, smooth coat that is easy to maintain. Some specimens have a coat that is slightly longer and stands up giving it a fluffy appearance. Its size varies depending on the health of the dog as well as its location on the islands.
It typically stands between twenty-four to thirty-six inches at the shoulder and weighs between 150 to 300 pounds. It is a formidable animal that is used to living alongside humans. It is generally a well-behaved dog that makes an excellent working animal. The only problem with this breed is that it tends to be highly dominant and prone to attacking other animals or people when not properly trained.
The Caribbean Dog was brought over to the New World by the first European settlers on many of the islands in the Caribbean. It served as a guardian of the settlers’ property and was also a popular working animal that assisted with hunting, herding, and farming. It was later replaced by other breeds such as the Great Dane and English Mastiff when ships began transporting more people to the Caribbean. Owners did not want such a large and potentially dangerous dog around their families.
Many of the dogs were abandoned when they were no longer useful on farms and plantations. Some were released into the wild where they became feral. In recent years the population of this breed has once again increased due to more people taking an interest in them as a breed.
There are small populations of the Caribbean Dog located on Jamaica, Guadeloupe, and Martinque. They are also located on some of the smaller islands such as Antigua, Statia, St. Eustatius, and Tortola. There is also a small population located on St.
Kitts. The only location where the breed remains relatively common is on the island of St. Thomas. It is commonly found in the mountainous regions as it prefers cooler weather. It is still a popular working animal and is used to guard private property, act as a livestock guardian, and to hunt wild hogs. It is also popular as a family pet and can even be found living on ships in the harbor.
Chapter 2: The Fair
The year is 1672 and you find yourself being taken to St. Thomas along with your siblings and parents to go to the yearly fair. Your mother tells you that it’s a big deal for the island and that she looks forward to it every year. She packs food for the day, and makes sure you all are looking presentable.
You are not sure what to expect, but you know it’ll be fun and you’re excited. None of you have ever been to a fair before.
When you get there you see many people from the surrounding area hawking their products and showing off their skills. There are rides, games of chance, shows, and lots of food. You see people from many countries there too; some you’ve heard of and some you haven’t. It’s a very colorful and vibrant crowd.
You enjoy the fair for a couple hours eating various sweets and watching the entertainment. You then all decide to get in line for the Ferris wheel. While you wait someone starts playing a tune on a flute to pass the time. The song is very pretty and you find yourself entranced by it.
Do you like this song?”
a voice says startling you.
You look to see a green skinned man with yellow hair wearing a tri-corner hat. He is holding a flute and has a huge smile on his face.
“Uh…yeah,” you answer still startled.
“Good, ’cause it’s yours,” he says and puts the flute in your hand.
You stare at the flute as this stranger walks away without another word. Your family seems to have not even noticed this encounter. You quickly examine the flute and see that it is indeed your own. This makes you very curious about this person and you are about to go ask your parents about him, but when you turn around he is nowhere to be found.
A quick scan of the crowd does not reveal him either. You shrug and decide that he must have ducked behind a tent when you looked around. You put the flute into your pocket and decide you’d play it later.
The Ferris wheel soon comes to a stop and your family gets off. Everyone agrees that this was a great start to the fair and that they should all ride the roller coaster next. You all agree and begin to line up for the ride. While you are in line, you take out the flute and examine it some more.
You are suddenly struck by an idea and remove the mouthpiece and blow into it while facing the direction of the ferris wheel. To your surprise a low Note reverberates throughout the area. You immediately cover your ears from the loud sound. Everyone who was previously in line for the ride immediately covers their ears as well. The rides music and lights go off, and all the lights in the fair area begin to flicker.
People begin to murmur as to what is going on. Your father looks very upset and apologizes to everyone in line. He immediately tries to figure out how to fix the rides power, while everyone else begins to get annoyed and tells him to leave it alone. Power is out throughout most of the island today anyhow they say and there is nothing he can do about it.
You put away the flute and ask your parents if it’s okay to eat the packed lunch now. The rest of the day is uneventful. You eat, browse and enjoy the rest of the fair, but keep your distance from all the ruckus around the now broken ferris wheel. When you finally decide to go back to where you parked your car, you find that the traffic has died down.
You are about three quarters of the way back when you suddenly hear a squishing sound followed by what sounds like water splashing on the road in front of you.
You hit the brakes and get out to investigate. You walk ahead a bit and find that water is pouring down from the lamp posts.
This must be what happened to the power earlier, but how is this water cutting through the middle of the road?
You take out your phone and turn on the flashlight function in order to get a better view of the situation.
In front of you is a sign that reads “CLOSED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE”. You swivel your head around and find that the road is blocked on both sides by these signs. You are able to make out a faint sound of running and laughing coming from behind the signs.
you say out loud “More like closed off.” You turn and face the road block once more and notice a dim glow emanating from beyond it. The laughter is also much louder and more distinct now.
The sound of running and splashing gets closer as you stand there pondering your options. You can either turn around and head back to where you came from, or you can try to break through the roadblock before whatever is causing this catches up with you.
You think to yourself “If I go back now, there is no guarantee that whatever caused this will not close off that route as well. I have to find out what is going on.”
You decide to try and break through the barrier. As you near it, the signs begin to make more sense. Color has begun to seep back into them and they now read:
“CLOSED DUE TO WATER LEAK”
You then notice the water on the road is also gone, but that does little to reassure you. You have a feeling that something or someone does not want you to leave. The rumbling sound gets even louder and now you can clearly hear voices chanting as well. You do not understand the words, but the voices are getting closer.
The road in front of you has begun to glow brightly, and you shield your eyes as you try to figure out what is going on. You are just able to make out a large group of people making their way down the middle of the road toward you. They all carry candles that float a few feet above their heads.
You can hear the chanting growing louder still, and it is starting to sound menacing. The people in front of you are starting to morph and change right before your eyes. Some of the figures look animal like, while others resemble horrible mockeries of humanity. Many appear to have both animal characteristics as well as humanoid features.
The glow from the road intensifies and now you are forced to turn away. When you are finally able to bring yourself to look again, you find that things on the other side of the barrier are back to the way they were.
The sound of running water and the voices have died down, but the nausea in your stomach is gone. You search for any signs of cars that might’ve been involved in the accident, but you find nothing except a wide patch of dry tarmac. You also notice that there are no traces of the water on the road anywhere.
You stand there trying to make sense of everything when you hear a voice from behind the barrier call out to you.
Did you hear that?
I think someone is over there by the bridge.”
You do not know what to do. If you wait around they will find you for certain, but if you run now, you might be able to escape. You have no idea if you were seen and whether or not they are armed.
You have no time to decide, as you hear the sound of a heavy object being thrown over the barrier. It plops down on the ground not too far from where you are standing. You can see a small piece of parchment tied to one end. As you read it, your heart sinks deep into your stomach.
“Come back, we promise not to hurt you. We just want to talk.”
You do not know whether or not to trust them. If you wait around, they might catch you anyway. If you run now, maybe they will hesitate to shoot. You decide to take your chances and run for the hole in the barrier.
As you try to squeeze through, you hear several loud pops behind you. You feel a sudden pain in your back and you fall forward. You try to get back up, but your legs will not work.
You look down at the blood spreading rapidly through your shirt and know that you are not going anywhere. You can hear footsteps coming from the other side of the barrier and see several pairs of shoes appear near your head.
“Oh my God!
What have we done?
We thought she was one of them!”
Which way did she go?
Maybe we can still save her!”
You feel a small pang of hope that they may be able to help you, but it is quickly extinguished as more gunfire erupts and you are once again plunged into darkness.
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