Oldest Dog Breeds

Explore the fascinating world of ancient dog breeds that have stood the test of time. Discover their unique characteristics, origins, and the roles they've played in human history.

Afghan Hounds

Originating 8000 years ago, Afghan Hounds were bred for hunting large game in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Akita Inu

Dating back 10,000 years, the Akita Inu is revered in Japan for its loyalty and protective nature.

Alaskan Malamutes

Bred 2000-3000 years ago, these powerful dogs were essential for transportation in Arctic conditions.


Known for their unique vocalizations, Basenjis date back 5000-6000 years and were bred in Africa.

Chinese Shar-Pei

With a history over 2200 years, these dogs were multipurpose farm dogs in China.

Chow Chow

Dating back 2000-3000 years, Chow Chows were bred for various tasks in China.

Greenland Sled Dog

With origins around 9,500 years ago, they were bred by the Inuit for hunting and pulling sleds.


Known for their incredible speed, Greyhounds have been around for about 8000 years.


Originating 2000 years ago, Poodles were bred in Germany for duck hunting.


Dating back 4000-5000 years, Salukis were hunting dogs revered by Egyptian Pharaohs.


Bred over 3000 years ago, they were used for herding and pulling sleds in Siberia.

Siberian Husky

With a history of over 4000 years, they were bred by the Chukchi people of Siberia.

Tibetan Terrier

Originating 2000 years ago, they were bred by Tibetan monks for companionship.

From the snowy terrains of Siberia to the mountains of Afghanistan, these ancient breeds have evolved with us, adapting to our needs and environments.