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Top 7 Dog Breeds That Originated in Africa

One of Africa’s most ancient breeds, Basenjis are sleek, clever hunters originally from central Africa. They are barkless dogs that yodel instead!


Used by Boer settlers to hunt lions, Ridgebacks have a distinctive ridge of backward-growing fur along their spines. They are athletic and loyal.

Rhodesian Ridgeback    

Bred by nomads in the African Sahara, slender Azawakhs are fast sight hounds perfectly adapted to hot, arid climates.  


An elegant North African sight hound, Sloughis once hunted jackals, gazelles and desert hares over long distances. They have great stamina.


A tough farm guardian and all-purpose worker, fearless Boerboels were bred by European settlers in remote South Africa. 


Named for its resemblance to ancient Egyptian dogs depicted in hieroglyphs, the Pharaoh Hound is the national dog of Malta. 

Pharaoh Hound

A rare long-haired breed named for Tulear, Madagascar, Cotons were likely shipwrecked there hundreds of years ago.  

Coton de Tulear

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