Zanzibar Greyhound

By Arthur

Also known as the Zanzibar Dog, this breed is named after the small island of Zanzibar lying off the Tanzanian coast of East Africa.

In the 19th century there was an unusual type of greyhound living on the tropical island of Zanzibar. This previously unknown breed aroused considerable interest and an example was taken to France in the late 19th century, where it was described and illustrated by Pierre Mgnin in 1897.

The Zanzibar Greyhound was a prick-eared dog, lacking the usual folded ear-tips of other, more typical greyhound breeds. A tall dog, it stood 27 in (68 cm) high and had a rough, red-and-white coat. It had a robust, powerful body, was remarkably intelligent and was keen-scented as well as keen-sighted. The German authority M. Siber in his work on African hounds, published in 1899, concluded that this breed was the result of a Saluki/Pariah crossing. It is not known whether a small population of these dogs still survives on the island today.

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