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"This is a very good example of what has now been recognized as a breed indigenous to Africa and particularly southern Africa. These dogs have been called African Hunting dogs for a long time. Very loyal and courageous, medium size to big (25 to 45 kg) tremendous stamina, very playful and intelligent. Good with kids and very social. In profile when sitting is very much like the dogs in Egyptian hieroglyphics. These and the Rhodesian Ridgeback are the only two indigenous African domesticated dogs; there are African Wild Dogs and jackals which live in the wild."



Other Names

Hottentot Hunting Dog

Hottentot Dog

African Dog

Umbwa Wa Ki-Shenzi

Bantu Dog

Khoikhoi Dog

Zulu Dog

African Hunting Dog


The Africanis can come in any color. The coat is short, hard and thick or can come in a rare wire haired type. Some may have a ridge down it's back that is called the ridgeback type.


The Africanis is very loyal and courageous with tremendous stamina. It is very playful and intelligent. Good with kids and very social.

Height, Weight

Height: 20-24 inches (50-60 cm)

Weight: 55-100 inches (25-45 kg)

Health Problems

Fairly healthy breed. The ridgeback types have been associated with a dermoid sinus and therefore breeding of ridgebacks is not encouraged

Living Conditions

The Africanis will do ok in an apartment and without a yard if it is taken for daily pack walks. The Africanis should be protected from the cold.


If kept in a residential area, the Africanis dog should be walked daily to fulfill their primal canine instinct to walk. In addition, it should be given regular opportunities to run and play. Make sure any yard in which they can run loose has a fence high enough to prevent its determined efforts to escape and explore if the area is unsafe.

Life Expectancy

About 9-12 years


The smooth, shorthaired, hard coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. Loose hair can be removed by wiping over with a warm, damp washcloth. This breed is an average shedder.


South Africa




KUSA = Kennel Union of Southern Africa



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