The dog of Africa: Johan and Edith Gallant

The name 'AfriCanis' is a junction of ‘Africa’ and 'Canis' (the Latin word for dog). It stands for 'dog of Africa' and refers to the subequatorial native African dogs, namely the aboriginal dogs which for centuries have been an integral part of the life of the Bantu and Khoisan speaking people in Southern Africa.

The website’s information is the result of 25 years of research that required us to travel over more than ten thousands of km around Southern Africa to far-off traditional rural tribal land to document; photograph and take DNA samples of this unique Landrace.

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AfriCanis Dog - the aboriginal dog of sub-equatorial Africa

AfriCanis dog is the umbrella name for ALL southern African native dogs. Over the centuries they have been shaped by Africa for Africa

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What is the difference between a Landrace versus a dog breed?

Recent DNA research has indicated that the transition from wild Canis lupus (wolf) to its domestic form: the dog (Canis familiaris) took place in the South Eastern China

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What is in the name
“AfriCanis”

AfriCanis is an umbrella name. It refers to all Southern African aboriginal dogs. This name has been brought into being by the AfriCanis Society in 1996

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