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Origin South Africa
GroupHunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Africanis have? The breed also known as...
African Dog, Bantu Dog, Hottentot Hunting Dog, Khoikhoi Dog, Tswana breed dog, Zulu Dog, Umbwa Wa Ki-Shenzi
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Africanis puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?

General Appearance

What is the Africanis's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Africanis weigh?
55-100 inches (25-45 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
55-100 inches (35 kg)
How tall is the Africanis?
20-24 inches (50-60 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
22 inches (55 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Africanis have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Africanis's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
BlackBrownBlack andTanWhite
How to groom the Africanis and how often?
Easy to groom: The Africanis doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Africanis is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Africaniss shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Africaniss shed quite a little. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of the hair loss mostly depends on their health status and breed type. Africaniss could be a good choice if you don't really like dog hair.


What kind of personality does the Africanis have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Africanis?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Africanis obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Are Africaniss easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Africaniss are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Africaniss are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Africaniss have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Africaniss are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed doesn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Africaniss are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Africaniss bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Africanis barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Africaniss good watchdogs?
Africaniss are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Africaniss will alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Africaniss strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Africanis has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Africanis do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Africaniss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Africaniss need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Africanis to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Africaniss have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Africanis have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Are Africaniss good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Africaniss are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Africaniss adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Africaniss are average friendly dogs towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Africaniss kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Africaniss are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Africaniss get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Africaniss are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Africaniss get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Africaniss are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Africaniss have health problems?
Africaniss tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Africaniss live? What is this dog average life span?
10-12 years
Is the Africanis breed hypoallergenic?
Africaniss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Africanis have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Africaniss have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Africaniss require per day?
Africaniss need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Africaniss are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Africanis need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Africanis has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Africanis's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Africanis has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Africanis is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Africanis could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Africanis. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Africanis: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Africanis have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Africanis have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-8 puppies


  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Africanis doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Africaniss shed quite a little.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Drooling tendency: The Africanis is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Africaniss are good watchdogs.
  • Trainability: Africaniss are easy to train.
  • Territorial: Africaniss strongly protect their territory.


  • Hypoallergenic: Africaniss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Apartment Friendly: Africaniss are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.

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