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\r\n\r\nAfricanis\r\nDogs are a landrace aboriginal breed descending from South African dogs, and are\r\ndirectly related to the hounds and pariah dogs of ancient Africa dating back\r\nmore than 7,000 years. They may have traveled with the Neolithic herdsman of\r\nthe Middle East to Africa. They are not a specifically selected or bred breed,\r\nbut are the result of natural selection and an adaptation to African ecological\r\nconditions or 'survival of the fittest.'

\r\n\r\n\r\nThe\r\nAfricanis name is a categorical or umbrella name for all aboriginal dogs found\r\nin South Africa. Specifically the name Africanis is broken down into Africa (the continent) and Canis (dog).

\r\n\r\n\r\nTypically\r\nthey have a short, hard, thick coat and a medium-sized body type, with a\r\nwell-muscled build. They can be of any color and occasionally come with a\r\nridgeback. There is also a wire-haired variety of the breed, but it is\r\nrelatively rare. They are 50 to 60 cm high and are very social dogs, with\r\nfriendly, but sometimes territorial behaviors. \r\n\r\n 

\r\n\r\nThey\r\ncan be a good family dog and excels at physical activity. They can run at great\r\nspeeds, making them a great do to exercise with. They have clear body language\r\nand many facial expressions but a bit of a nervous constitution, which comes\r\nfrom centuries of natural survival instincts.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAfricanis\r\nDogs are also generally a very healthy dog. They do not need to be groomed or\r\nfed specific food. Because of their adaptation over centuries have developed a\r\nnatural resistance against internal and external parasites. \r\n\r\n 


\r\n\r\nOther\r\nnames commonly used for the Africanis are: African Dog, Bantu Dog, Hottentot\r\nHunting Dog, Khoikhoi Dog, Zulu Dog and the Swahili name Umbwa Wa Ki-Shenzi\r\nmeaning common, mongrel, or traditional dog.\r\n\r\n 


\r\n\r\nThere\r\nare varying opinions on the Africanis as a standardized dog breed vs. a\r\ncategory of dogs as an aboriginal landrace dog. There has been much controversy\r\nover this classification.

\r\n\r\n\r\nThe\r\nAfricanis is recognized by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa and the\r\nAfriCanis Society of Southern Africa. \r\n\r\n



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