Potcake Place is a non-profit dog rescue shelter with a location at the Saltmills Plaza in central Grace Bay. This charity is a popular destination for visitors who want to see the unique island dog known as the Potcake and take puppies for walks on the world-famous Grace Bay Beach.
The Potcake is a distinctive breed of island dog found in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. These dogs were a cross between several breeds, including terriers used for rodent control on ships in the past, pet and working dogs brought in with the Loyalist settlers in the late 1700s and early 1800s, and possibly small barkless hunting dogs introduced to the Caribbean region by the Taino Peoples prior to Columbus’ arrival.
Potcakes are typically medium to small in size (with a mature weight of 40-65 pounds or 18-30kg), and colors include browns, blacks, creams, tans, and whites, in both solid and combination forms. The Potcake is a very friendly dog, especially if it is raised around people. The name Potcake comes from the cake of solidified rice and legumes left in the bottom of the cooking pot after making the staple of peas n’ rice, a spicy rice and bean side dish.