By Country

Dog Breeds in South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa, which is well known for its diverse ethnicity. While the country is famous for its wildlife, certain dog breeds in South Africa are increasingly becoming famous all around the world. Each of these is attractive and distinct in their way.

The famous breeds of dogs in the country are listed below:

1. Boerboel


Weight Male: 65–90 kgs (143–198 lbs)
Female: 55–70 kgs (121–154 lbs)
Height 24-30 inches (60-77 cms)
Life Expectancy 10 to 12 years
Coat Short, dense, soft, smooth, and shiny
  • With and without a black mask
  • Fawns, reds, browns, brindle, cream brindle and black


Often called "Velcro" dogs, Boerboels were established as a breed in South Africa in 1984. One of the most powerful dogs in the world. These are big, robust, and powerful, similar to a mastiff. They need training from the start, with lots of hard work on the part of the owner, or they can turn out to be destructive for society. This breed of dog makes an excellent guard dog.


  • They are charming and won't hesitate to defend their loved owners.
  • The protective character of the Boerboel is evident, and they are also famous for their calm, stable, and confident composure.
  • They are loyal, tend to be protective of their family and territory, and are great with children.

2. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Weight Male: 40–50 kgs (88–110 lbs)
Female: 40–50 kgs (88–110 lbs)
Height Male: 25–31 inches (63–79 cms)
Female: 24–30 inches (60–75 cms)
Life Expectancy They have an average life span of 13 years.
Coat Short, dense, sleek and glossy
Color Light wheatish to red wheatish. Few white patches on the chest and toes.


This dog breed was created in Africa to be a versatile hunter and home guardian and is quite handsome. They are named on the ridge of hair that grows along their spine. They are bred to keep up with the extreme African weather and cover long distances. This dog is fast in action and can keep pace with a running horse for more than thirty miles. They are smart but stubborn sometimes and have moderate energy levels.


  • Affectionate
  • Dignified
  • Even-Tempered

3. Africanis


Weight 24–45 kgs (55-100 lbs)
Height 20–24 inches (50–60 cms)
Life Expectancy 10–12 years
Coat Short, hard, thick coat; possible wire-haired variations.
Color Maybe of any color.


"Africanis" is an umbrella name for all the aboriginal dogs in Southern Africa. They owe their existence to Mother Nature rather than selective breeding by humans. These are at risk, and only a handful of natural aboriginal dog breeds are left in the world now.


  • They have an amicable and patient personality and mingles well with people of all ages. However, they require a sense of space and privacy and often feel uncomfortable with a lot of physical contacts.
  • They can react aggressively if pushed.
  • This breed often becomes grumpy as they age, and they cannot live with a pack of dogs.
  • They are highly intelligent and can be easily trained when proper training methods are used.