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If all the dogs below are African Dog Breeds then how come they look so different from one another?
Africa is a huge continent. You may be surprised at just how huge it is. Not only is it is 3 times bigger than the United States but you could fit the UK into Africa a staggering 120 times! In fact, if you wanted to, you could fit the US, Europe, India, China and Japan all into it comfortably.
Now that's pretty big! Around 30,2210,000 sq km to be precise!
There is a great difference in not only climate but also in landscapes between the 54 nations of Africa and so different breeds of dog have adapted to their various environments. A large number of the Sighthound Group are of African Origin.
Once more dogs were introduced into Africa by travellers from Asia and Europe, these dogs were interbred with the local dogs to produce an animal more suited to the environment and for various usages such as hunting lions (Rhodesian Ridgback) or for guarding and protection (Boerboel).
Most African breeds were believed to be very ancient due to hieroglyphics found in Egyptian tombs and mummified dogs which have been found buried with their owners.
However, thanks to modern technology and the use of DNA testing, it has been discovered that most of the breeds which had been believed to be ancient were actually not as old as first thought.
Only the Basenji was confirmed as a truly ancient African dog breed . The other breeds are now believed to have been bred more recently to resemble the ancient drawings and descriptions of more ancient breeds discovered in Egyptian Tombs.