Royal Bahamian Potcake
Loving, Loyal, AND Playful
The Royal Bahamian Potcake is very like the German Shepherd Dog in intelligence and temperament with the exception of no hip dysplasia, less shedding, and a longer life span if they can get off the Islands and be adopted into forever loving homes. The Potcake, also sometimes referred to as the "Island Dog", is a mixed-breed dog found on several Caribbean islands. Its name comes from the congealed rice and pea mixture that local residents traditionally fed stray dogs this staple of its diet: the dried "cake" forms at the bottom of pots used for cooking and reheating.
A Potcake is a dog that many should consider bringing home. They are among the smartest "breed" in existence today, as they are free to mate without interference. They are protective without being violent, and very sensitive to the feelings of their "people". They express guilt when they have done something wrong. They are very obedient and when told "no", it is very unlikely they will cross the line drawn for them. If the line is crossed, which will rarely happen more than once for the same infraction, the guilt on their face and body language will give them away long before the crime is discovered.
They are wonderful with children and other pets, such as cats. The cats are safe unless a potcake is put with other dogs. He then acts with the pack and can be a threat to the family cat that consists of barking in the cat's face until he either faints out of fear or runs for his life. He is a bit of a follower but nothing a stern voice can't snap him out of. As he gets older, he becomes more willing to please and there is nothing he can't rival in the dog world. They are an overall exceptional pet. They are also as easy to maintain as a common housecat. They are quiet and will alert their owner of the need to go out and the need to eat. They are happy with no exercise or heavy activity. They have the ability to learn anything one can explain to them and will "jump through hoops" to please their owners and others.
What is most startling to us is the lack of care these beautiful souls all too frequently receive in the Islands. Life in the Islands for dogs and cats for that matter is not the fun, sun-filled tourist experience. In reality, it is a harsh existence where the animals are frequently abused and neglected. Our desire to help this noble breed comes from one on one experience with them. The Potcakes in our rescue all come from Freeport, Grand Bahamas.
An example of a Potcake's discipline is as follows: A potcake can be told "no" with a plate of food in front of him, and you can leave that room, forgetting about that plate, and return 15 minutes later to find that it is untouched. On the rare occasion that one piece may be touched, it will be the expression on his face that will tell the story. Many are actually led to believe that the dog is abused for the guilt he expresses on the off occasion that he does something wrong. They are slow starters and may make mistakes before they are told wrong from right and don't come into themselves until about the age of six months, but by the age of two they will be the love of an owner's life and another breed with be out of the question. They rival top breeds such as border collies and labradors as far as intelligence and have a mastery of language like no other dog.