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The Africanis is a landrace of Southern African dogs. It is believed to be of ancient origin, directly descended from hounds and pariah dogs of ancient Africa, introduced into the Nile Valley from the Levant. The Swahili name for the breed is umbwa wa ki-shenzi meaning common or mongrel or "traditional dog". Africanis is also an umbrella name for all the aboriginal dogs in Southern Africa.AfriCanis is the umbrella name for all Southern African native dogs. It refers to Africa (the continent) and Canis (dog). Over the centuries they have been shaped by Africa for Africa. They are part of biodiversity and the cultural heritage of humankind.AfriCanis are only found in the tribal rural areas all over the southern African subcontinent. They should not be confused with the multitude of dogs roaming free in informal settlements and townships.History Although the Africanis is said to be a traditional African dog which was domesticated over time, there are some theories which say that the actual domestication of dogs took place in Asia after which these dogs were imported to Africa. There, they adapted to the natural ecosystem and cross-bred with other existing breeds to evolve into the breed that we know as Africanis today.Personality The Africanis is a very friendly and playful dog. This makes it a great pet and an excellent companion for kids. They are also very watchful and alert by nature. They have been known to be very independent minded but are also quite obedient of their owners. They can, however, tend to grow grumpy and moody as they grow older.
Name AfricanisOther Names African Dog, Bantu Dog, Hottentot Hunting Dog, Khoikhoi Dog, Tswana breed dog, Zulu Dog, Umbwa Wa Ki-ShenziOrigin South AfricaBreed GroupHoundSize MediumType PurebredLife span 10-12 yearsTemperament FriendlyIndependentTerritorialTrainableWatchfulHeight 20-24 inches (50-60 cm)Weight 55-100 inches (25-45 kg)Colors BlackBlack and TanBrownWhiteLitter Size 2-8 puppiesPuppy Price Average $300 - $500 USD