Ancient Dog Breeds

Posted by Edward Cruz on

15,000 years ago since humans started domesticating dogs. We develop different breeds for our varied work needs, climates, cultures, and environments. Over time, some dog breeds became extinct but some developed into new breeds. Most breeds have significant changes. Limited breeds however, even after thousand of years, have minimal changes and remain similar to their dog ancestors.


Samoyeds are one of the ancient dog breeds. History says that this breeds work with Northern Siberian nomads known as the Samoyed people. These early working dogs were used for herding and protected reindeer.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

This breed was held in high regard by the Incans. Known as the Moon Flower Dogs, they lived alongside humans since about 700 A.D. Images of dogs that resemble this breed are portrayed on ancient pottery and art.

Chinese Shar-Peis

The Chinese Shar-Peis were developed in China to help peasants will all-purpose farm work. The early Shar-Peis lived in the southern provinces of China since the Han Dynasty over 2,000 years ago.

New Guinea Singing Dog

This breed remained fairly unchanged for many years. The New Guinea Singing Dogs are well-known for complex vocalizations including howls and yelps. They are developed in the highlands of New Guinea thousands of years ago.

Afghan Hound

The origin of this breed can be traced back to the pre-Christian era. Afghan hounds were originally named Tazi, this ancient dog breed originated in Afghanistan.

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