African Dogs and Their Origins


The saluki's height and lean build are the first things anyone seeing one would notice.

The saluki's meteoric journey to fame in the United States begins with its official recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1927.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

European breeds such various terriers introduced by Dutch colonists to create the one-of-a-kind Rhodesian ridgeback.

These ridged dogs were highly sought after by hunters because of their success against lions.

The African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is a distinct canine species found in packs over the plains and woods of sub-Saharan Africa. 

African Wild Dog

These canines have not been domesticated and are more closely related to wolves than to domestic dogs. 


Despite their massive size and fierce appearance, boerboels are wonderful pets, devoted companions, and even better with children.

The breed developed through the mating of European guard dog breeds like the bull and mastiff with African ancestry.

While the Basenji is a little dog overall, don't let that fool you into thinking they aren't athletic.


Basenjis make wonderful, devoted companions if you can accommodate their exercise requirements.

Experts speculate that the Chinese crested descended from lesser Chinese breeds and other hairless canines from Africa.

Chinese Crested

There is a recognized "powderpuff" variation of Chinese crested dogs that possesses a luxuriant, velvety coat as a result of the complex genetics of hairlessness.

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