Also known as the Africa Dog, Bantu Dog, Hottentot Dog, Kafir Dog, and the Zulu Dog, the Africanis is a friendly and intelligent breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
The origin of the Africanis can be traced all the way to 4700 BC Egypt. Enthusiasts believe the breed to actually date back much further, though this has never been proven scientifically or otherwise.
Throughout its history, the Africanis has been most commonly used for hunting both small and large game, as a guard and watch dog, and as a companion, proving its superior abilities to work while providing protection and friendship.
The Africanis is currently recognized by the Kennel Union of South Africa, and is slowly gaining popularity as a show dog.
Today, the Africanis remains extremely rare outside of its native Africa.
Best known for its dominant and fearless nature, the Africanis is willing to do anything necessary to protect its owner and property. These dogs thrive on strong and dependable relationships with humans. The Africanis is independent and somewhat stubborn, yet is generally mild-mannered and easy to train. As a pet, these dogs are obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. The Africanis is very active and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Due to its need for human relationships and willingness to learn, the Africanis generally responds well to basic training and commands. This breed is highly intelligent and has the ability to learn to perform most any task its trainer is willing to take the time to teach.
Establishing immediate dominance, trust, and respect is key to successfully training the Africanis. These dogs require an experienced, patient, confident, and strong handler with a stern yet gentle approach to repetitive tasks and exercises.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning an Africanis, such as its no hassle, low maintenance coat. These dogs are extremely bright, easy to train, and capable of learning to perform many impressive tricks and tasks. When properly socialized from a young age, the Africanis gets along well with small children and other pets, known for its gentle approach to children. This breed is very protective and dominant, making an excellent watch and guard dog alike, announcing the arrival of guests and unwanted visitors, and serving as an effective deterrent to would-be intruders. The Africanis is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an amazing family pet and companion alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning an Africanis. This energetic and athletic breed requires large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. An Africanis not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, digging, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
The Africanis has a strong instinct to hunt and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these dogs are quite quick, and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. The Africanis must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.
Proper obedience training and socialization is absolutely required with this breed. Poorly trained specimens may become overly dominant and show aggression towards other animals and even children.
As previously mentioned, the Africanis remains extremely rare outside of Africa and can prove very difficult to obtain. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
Common Health Concerns
While the Africanis is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, entropian – folding inward of the eye lid, ectropian – folding outward of the eye lid, skin allergies and sensitivity, cryptorchidism- failure of one or both testicles to fully descend, and bloat.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own an Africanis? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.