Coppinger, R. and L. (2001), Dogs. A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution.

Village Dog

Comment: Any dog fancier looking for in depth knowledge on various aspects of canine matters should read this book. Chapter 2 deals with 'village dogs' and describes the life of these free roaming dogs on the isle of Pemba off the East African coast. The authors relate these dogs to the 'generic' dogs of the Mesolithic era.

Publisher: SCRIBNER, 1230 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10020 ISBN 0-684-85530-5

Johan and Edith Gallant, "SOS DOG" The purebred dog hobby re-examined

SOS Dog, the purebred dog hobby re-examined

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Gallant, J. (2002), The Story of the African Dog

Cover of "The Story of the African dog" by Johan Gallant
Chapter One
The AfriCanis as a Land Race
Chapter Two
The AfriCanis Personality Profile
Chapter Three
Origins of the AfriCanis
Chapter Four
The Domestic Dog conquers Africa
Chapter Five
Ancient Pedigrees and Exotic Visitors
Chapter Six
Thoroughbreds with African Roots
Chapter Seven
Conserving the AfriCanis
Appendix One
Aptitude Testing and Dog Mentality Assessment
Appendix Two
The AfriCanis Society of Southern Africa
Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Breeders

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ISBN 1-86914-024-9

van Sittert, L. and Swart, S. (eds.) (2008). Canis Africanis. A Dog History of Southern Africa

Comment: This is an edited collection of 12 essays by various authors. It depicts the dog’s presence in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial societies in Southern Africa. It is a most revealing read.

Publisher BRILL, Leiden (The Netherlands), Boston (USA). ISBN 1573-4226 / 978 9004 15419 3

Scientific Papers

Grobler, JP,. Ehlers, K., and Kotze, A., (2012). 'Genetic diversity and structure in indigenous AfriCanis dogs from southern Africa'. Department of Genetics, University of the Free State

"A preliminary report on patterns of genetic diversity in indigenous AfriCanis dogs from two regions of southern Africa."

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Greyling, L. and Grobler, P., Van der Bank, H., Kotze A., (2004). 'Genetic characterisation of a domestic dog Canis familiaris breed endemic to South African rural areas'. ActaTheriologica 49 (3): 369 - 382

Comparative blood typing from samples collected from Desert Bred Saluqis and AfriCanis from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

"An assignment test, fixation index values, gene flow and genetic distance values indicated a closer genetic association between the AfriCanis and the Saluki breeds than with dogs of Western origin. This finding supports archaeological evidence that the endemic AfriCanis breed was introduced from the Middle East into Africa thousands of years ago, and not through later western influences"

Plug, I. (2000). 'Overview of Iron Age Fauna from the Limpopo Valley'. South African Archaeological Society. Goodwin Series No.8: 117-126.

Refers to the Early Iron Age site on the farm Diamant with the earliest record for the presence of the domestic dog in South Africa(570 CE).

Chappel, C.A. (1968-69). 'A Strandloper Skeleton Found at Cape St. Francis'. Diastema 2(3): 37-39.

Situates and dates at 800 CE the domestic dog in a Khoisan site at Cape St. Francis.

Klein, R.G. & Cruz-Uribe, K. (1989) 'Faunal Evidence for Prehistoric Herder-Forager Activities at Kasteelberg, Western Cape Province, South Africa'. South African Archaeological Bulletin 44: 82-97.

The presence of the domestic dog in this Khoisan site can be established with certainty as from 800 CE onward.

Van Schalkwyk, L. (1994). 'Mamba confluence: a preliminary report on an Early Iron Age industrial centre in the lower Thukela Basin, Natal'. Natal Mus. J. Humanities, Pietermaritzburg. Vol.6: 119-152.

Van Schalkwyk, L, (1994). 'Wosi: an Early Iron Age village in the Lower Thukela Basin, Natal'. Natal Mus. J. Humanities, Pietermaritzburg. Vol.6: 65-114.

Voigt, E.A. & Peters, J.H. (1994). 'The faunal assemblages from Wosi in the Thukela Valley'. Appendix to: Van Schalkwyk, L, (1994) Wosi: an Early Iron Age village in the Lower Thukela Basin, Natal. Natal Mus. J. Humanities, Pietermaritzburg. Vol.6: 105-117.

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