Africanis Dog Breed Information

Nature
Africanis Dog Breed InformationNovember 6, 2017

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.

Africanis Dog Breed Information

Nature
Africanis Dog Breed InformationNovember 6, 2017

Name
Africanis

Other Names
African Dog, Bantu Dog, Hottentot Hunting Dog, Khoikhoi Dog, Tswana breed dog, Zulu Dog, Umbwa Wa Ki-Shenzi

Origin
South Africa

Breed Group
Hound

Size
Medium

Type
Purebred

Life span
10-12 years

Temperament
Friendly
Independent
Territorial
Trainable
Watchful

Height
20-24 inches (50-60 cm)

Weight
55-100 inches (25-45 kg)

Colors
Black
Black and Tan
Brown
White

Litter Size
2-8 puppies

Puppy Price
Average $300 - $500 USD

Africanis Dog Breed Information

Nature
Africanis Dog Breed InformationNovember 6, 2017