Africanis Directory and Africanis Breeders
The Africanis is a group of South African dogs not recognised as a breed. It is believed to be of ancient origin, directly descended from hounds and pariah dogs of ancient Africa, introduced into the Nile Valley from the Levant. The Swahili name for the breed is umbwa wa ki-shenzi meaning common or mongrel or "traditional dog". Africanis is also an umbrella name for all the aboriginal dogs in southern Africa.
For many centuries the AFRICANIS, or traditional dogs of the Bantu- and Khoi-speaking peoples of Southern Africa have been part of a rural pastoral life style. Over the years they EVOLVED into “ecotypes” adapted to a particular region and the specific conditions under which they lived. As such they suited the needs of the people to whom they belonged.
The Africanis are physically and mentally well adapted to the environment, the lifestyle and the tasks which they have to perform. It is the ethical duty of the members of the AFRICANIS Society of Southern Africa to PRESERVE, as a cultural patrimony, all inherent qualities which resulted from this quasi natural evolutionary process within a domestic environment.
The most important natural qualities are:
1. A sound morphology without visible defects.
2. A locomotion efficiency for their function.
3. Sharply developed senses.
4. Natural canine behaviour rooted in ancestral drives and instincts. It guarantees adequate social behaviour with other dogs and an unconditional attachment to and respect for the (human) pack leader.
5. Unobtrusive and non-demanding in their way of life.
6. Conditioned to a life in the open air and used to wide spaces.
7. Easily imprinted on all kinds of small and large domestic livestock.
8. Absence of common canine hereditary diseases, a strong tolerance against sickness and internal and external parasites.
9. Adapted to the conditions of Africa.
10. No extravagant nutritional demands.
11. Natural breeding behaviour
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