100% Pure-bred Village Dogs

May 12, 2010

I quite enjoyed this flyer posted at my daughter’s school.

100% Pure-bred Village Dogs

It reads:

Free Puppies

100% Pure-bred Village Dogs

  • Friendly with children
  • Superior guard dogs
  • Good hunting dogs (grass cutters, palm rats)

Grass cutters are Greater Cane Rats which grow to be about two feet long and up to about 20 pounds.

I think the poster is only being slightly facetious about the puppies being pure-bred. In Accra, it is difficult to get a pure village-type dog. A lot of the dogs here are noticeably mixed with European breeds like German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Labradors, Beagles and Terriers.

The unadulterated local dogs are more like a giant Basenji or Azawakh-Basenji cross. I would expect that in the Hausa region in the north of Ghana as you enter the Sahel and approach Burkina Faso border, the local dogs are likely indistinguishable from Azawakh.

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