Top 7 Dog Breeds That Originated in Africa

Originally from South Africa, this muscular hound has a distinctive ridge of hair along its back.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

A large guard dog from South Africa, the Boerboel is confident, powerful, and loyal.


The Basenji is an energetic hunting breed from Central Africa known for its shrieking "yodel."


Elegant, aloof Afghan Hounds originated in the mountains of Afghanistan as sighthounds.

Afghan Hound

Bred by Nomads, the regal Sloughi is a North African sighthound with smooth swiftness.  


The Azawakh is a lean sighthound from West Africa used by tribal people to hunt gazelles.


Graceful and dignified, the Saluki was historically bred by Ancient Egyptians to hunt.


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