The Africanis

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The comprises grouping of South African not accepted as a breed. It’s thought to follow from ancient ancestry, immediately descended from hound canines and castaway canines of old , brought into the Nile River Valley by the Levant. The Swahili name for the breed is umbwa wa ki-shenzi which means average or mutt or “traditional ”. Africanis is as well a comprehensive identifier for all the native canines in .


Africanis embodies short-coated, medium-sized canine, muscular and somewhat lengthier than big. They may be of whatever color and at times sport a ridgeback. The Africanis has long been influenced by Africa as Africa. Their beauty has been personified in the simpleness and functionality of the body. They are slimly constructed, nimble, lithe, and capable of extraordinary quickness.


The Africanis is friendly without being noticeable: an affable canine displaying vigilant territorial conduct. The breed is free-living and territorial, but highly trainable.

“It is my experienceThey are my experience that the Africanis is marvellous pet and house canine. Guided by its instinct of subservience it will steal your heart before you realise it.”
, President of the (September 9, 2005).

Health and Wellness

The Africanis calls for neither babying nor specialized food. They are consistently robust and have, for quite some time, acquired an innate immunity against internal and external parasites.


There’s plentiful evidence that no canid domestication came about in Africa and that the time-honored African canine represents descendant of canines that were tamed in the East and migrated to Africa. Their earliest presence was established in Egypt and dated at circe 4700 B.C.. Archeologic records demonstrate that, from there, the canine dispersed quickly by the Nile into Sudan and still beyond. Simultaneously, migrations, barter, and seasonal movement guided it deeply into the Sahara Desert. By 2000 B.C., this moving frontier ended for an extended period of time. In the meantime, throughout the Egyptian dynasties, the rearing of fleet and graceful hound canines collectively with an assortment of basic canines became very popular.

For centuries, the native Stone Age San (Bushman) populations in Southern Africa hunted without the assistance of dogs. Though the Khoikhoi brought domesticated sheep along westerly migratory path to the Cape of Good Hope scarcely before the Common era, there’s no more definitive evidence that dogs comprised part of their company.

The domesticated dog initially arrived in southerly Africa with the migration of the primitive Iron Age Bantu talking citizenry. Dogs of Nilotic ancestry consecutively joined the earlier and likewise Later Iron Age migrations. It’s commonly admitted that these migrations traveled by the Central Rift and the Lacustrine area. They abided by tsetse-free routes through Zambia and Zimbabwe to arrive at Botswana and eventually . The most primitive evidence for the presence of domesticated canine in South Africa has been demonstrated by Dr. Ina Plug, deputy director of the Transvaal Museum. The remains were detected about the Botswana boundary line and dated at 570 A.D.. By 650 A.D. the presence of the household dog is recognized in the Lower Thukela valley. By 800 A.D. It’s part of a Khoisan settlement in Cape St. Francis, showing that contact and barter Bantu and Khoisan was instituted.

For centuries this privileged archaic canine gene pool adjusted to assorted circumstances of the Southern African landscape and, by normal natural selection, developed into sub-species altogether belonging to the same species. It’s occasionally debated that canines brought in by the Arab barter, Eastern mariners, and Portuguese adventurers could, for long time, have “polluted” the traditional African canine. In other impressions, this likelihood is light. Unusual canine influences became more than likely after the settlement of Transkei and Zululand the nineteenth century.

The genuine Africanis is yet detected nowadays in tribal regions where folks defend their traditional life style. The fast-changing Republic of South Africa and the affect that this induces on agrarian societies, collectively with sure contempt for the time-honored dog and the position that the possession of an unusual breed allows for, poses an rising menace to the continuance of the native Africanis. The Africanis Society of Southern Africa was established to preserve this old gene pool. Preserving the Africanis as a land race means preserving biodiversity.

Nowadays, the Africanis is accredited by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) as an emerging breed.

* Gallant, Johan, The Story of the African Dog. University of Kwazulu-Natal Press ISBN 1-86914-024-9
* Africanis Society of Southern Africa

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    • kim
    • September 26, 2008

    my brother has one he rescued from Kenya and brought to the uk about 5 yrs ago, he’s so gentle and loving, even with my 1 yr old son
    a smashing breed

    • Mike
    • March 8, 2008

    I have an Africanis dog, while mine isn’t the most intelligent dog on the planet (far from it at times) she is very obedient, well mannered, and one of the friendliest dogs I have ever seen. She didnt even kill a squirrel that fell out of a tree in front of her, she just carried it around for a little while and let it go 🙂

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