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What is a Potcake?

Potcakes are local dogs, a mix of many different breeds. They may resemble a typical pariah dog or have hound, mastiff, spaniel, terrier, or retriever characteristics. Although appearance varies, potcake dogs generally have smooth coats, cocked ears, and long faces.

A “Potcake” is a Bahamian word for the crusty, leftover food that remains in the bottom of a traditional pot of rice mix. People fed the potcake to the stray dogs that hung around their property. These lovely dogs have since become known as Potcakes.

Musician Lenny Kravitz is often accompanied by Leroy Brown, his potcake dog, while in residence on the island of Eleuthera.