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The dog we brought home has been doing great. He is such a happy, smart dog.
We have named him Shadow. Shadow enjoys walking in the nearby park. Our older Aussie spent a couple of days growling and establishing rank - now she lies on her back at times taunting Shadow to come and play with her (which he does quite willingly).
How is the other puppy doing? We have decided to call her Shelby. We are looking forward to picking her up soon!

Peter Schooley, RN

She is about one year old now. I would like to have a proffessional determination if she represents the Eastern Red Wolfs influence.

Carolina Dogs are a breed of dog, and therefore descended from wolves. Therefore, wolflike coloration can pop up anytime, and not necessarily be indicative of the founders of your line having any recent wolf ancestry or crossbreeding. Also, many dog breeds still retain wolflike coloration; your Carolina Dogs could have one of those breeds in their ancestry to produce the pup in the photo.

It is entirely possible that early feral Carolina Dogs hybridized with red wolves. There is much current speculation that the current population of red wolves has hybridized with coyotes and that there are very few non-hybridized red wolves left. However, your pup's coloration is not necessarily proof of such a crossover with the Carolina Dog.

I hope this has been helpful.
Jessica Willard

The Agouti gene controls the distribution of black pigment. This distribution can be either uniformly distributed or distributed to "points" of the body (ear rims, lower legs, mane, tail). Agouti has been linked to a deletion of 11 nucleotides in the agouti gene. The 11 nucleotide deletion of this gene is the recessive form of this gene. Only when the agouti gene is homozygous for the deletion (aa) is the black pigment evenly distributed. Heterozygous (Aa) or homozygous for the absence of the 11 nucleotide deletion (AA) results in point distribution of black pigment. Agouti has no effect on homozygous positive red factor (ee) horses for there has to be black pigment present for agouti to have an effect.
See Basic horse coat color table for offspring base coat probabilities.

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by Sue Ann Bowling

Hi Susan,

I wish I had some pictures of Shasta posing for the camera like your dogs…you’ll have to give me some hints on how you get those types of pictures of your dogs so we can get one of Shasta.

In any event, these pictures will definitely show you what a beautiful dog she has become (beautiful puppies don’t always grow into beautiful dogs, but Shasta certainly did!!!).

I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Hi Susan-

Roscoe has settled right in and become part of the family. He's so smart and picked up right away on potty training and has gotten into a routine. He walks really well on the leash when we take the trails at the state park. We love him and he seems to feel the same. He even went on his first camping trip this week. Here are some photos. I have plenty - so I'll send more.


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