Most ANCIENT Dog Breeds That Still Exist Today!

From gifts from Aztec gods to reincarnations
of the Dalai Lama, here are 10 of the most ancient dog breeds that are still with us
today! 10. Chinese Shar-Pei The Chinese Shar-Pei are thought to have originated
in Tai Lin, China, and are easily recognized by their deep set wrinkles and bluish-black
tongue. They were named in 1978, as one of the world’s
rarest dog species by Time magazine, and while the American Kennel Club only recognized them
as their 134th confirmed breed in 1992, they are thought to be one of the oldest breeds
in the world. The first known records of Shar-Pei have been
found among artefacts that date back to the Han Dynasty Period, about 220 BC, with tomb
statues and clay figurines that resemble them very closely. Very little is known about China’s history
with the Shar Pei from that time, but a 13th century Chinese manuscript was recently uncovered
which also mentions the Shar-Pei. They were a popular breed in the region through
the 18th century, but their numbers dropped in the 20th century when people chose more
ferocious dogs that were being imported from the rest of the world. Nowadays, they are making a comeback, but
as is the case with many breeds of dogs they have been bred to exaggerate their features
to make them more appealing. The extremely wrinkly, wide headed and deep
set eye types that you may see today are a far cry from the lean, small wrinkled Shar-Pei’s
that were popular in China. But it has been a couple of thousand years… 9. Basenji With a name meaning “dog of the bush”,
the first mention of Basenjis by European travellers came in 1895 where they were found
being used by locals in the Congo. They were prized for their intellect, speed,
bravery and silence, and even had to wear bells so their owners knew where they were
in the dense jungle. Otherwise they could just sneak up on you! Evidence suggests, though, that the breed
has existed alongside humans for far longer than this- with carvings found in Egyptian
tombs depicting dogs with very similar features. Basenjis are very energetic dogs, and are
one of the smallest breeds of hounds- weighing about 24 pounds when fully grown. They have excellent eyesight and a strong
sense of smell, and have large ears that stand on end when alert. They are very protective with their family,
but not so much towards strangers- and are often referred to as being cat-like because
of their fondness of climbing to high places and self-grooming. 8. Lhasa Apso Lhasa Apsos originated in Tibet, and are named
after Lhasa, the Tibetan capital city and, unsurprisingly, their word for “bearded”. They weigh, at most, 14 pounds, and have very
distinctive coats that only fully form in adulthood. My parents had one and they loved it, although
it was very independent! They are thought to have been domesticated
as a pet as long ago as 800 BC, which makes it one of the oldest recognized breeds in
the world- meaning it has strong genetic links with the ancestral wolf. They live for a long time, more than 20 years
in some cases, and were used in Tibet as companions for monks in Buddhist monasteries and acted
as sentinels that would alert the monks to any intruders. Historically it was not possible to purchase
a Lhasa Apso, you could only receive one as a gift, and they were very closely tied with
religion. It was believed that their bodies could be
inhabited by the souls of Lamas, the Tibetan Spiritual Master, while they awaited their
rebirth. The first pair of Lhasa Apsos arrived in the
U.S as a gift from Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama, to an American explorer who was
the first Christian to enter the Tibetan Holy City, in 1933. And now for number 7, but first be sure to
subscribe and click the bell to join our notification squad!! 7. Afghan Hound Afghan Hounds come from the cold mountains
of Afghanistan, and have developed their signature thick, flowing coats as a result. Their isolation in the mountains, and use
by humans as shepherding and hunting dogs, has meant that they have a high breed purity,
because there wasn’t much of an opportunity for them to encounter other types of dog. It used to be completely prohibited to export
the hounds from their home country, where they have been living with humans for a very
long time. They are depicted in cave paintings in the
mountains that have been dated back to more than 4000 years ago, and they can also be
seen in some examples of Egyptian Papyrus. Afghan Hounds typically grow to weigh up to
64 pounds, and come in a wide range of colors. They are notoriously slow to train, though,
so if you’ve fallen in love with their long flowing hair, you’ll need to be very patient
if you’re going to get one. 6. Chow Chow Despite their cute appearance, Chow Chow’s
have been used as working dogs for a long time. It’s known that they existed in China 2000
years ago and they were described as heavily built dogs with harsh coats, straight hind
legs and blue tongues. Some theories think they arrived in China
long before then, along with the Mongols when they invaded the region 3000 years ago. They have been found represented in pottery
and sculptures of the Han Dynasty, similar to the Shar-Pei, and were also a popular breed
in Tibet. Long thought of as a hunting dog because of
their ability to track larger animals like wolves and leopards, they were also used to
pull sleds, and to guard livestock. Chow Chow’s were also bred for their fur,
and their meat is still considered a delicacy in some parts of China to this day. They first made their way over to Europe in
the 1800’s on clipper ships, and Queen Victoria was given one as a gift- reportedly taking
it with her wherever she went. They then made the transition across the Atlantic
to America, with the American Kennel Club registering approximately 10,000 new puppies
every year. 5. Akita Inu The Akita Inu originates from the mountainous
regions of Japan. There are actually two forms of the breed,
the Inu that is a Japanese strain, and the American Akita. Japanese Akitas only come in a narrow range
of colors and have a short double-coat, but American Akitas come in all varieties. They are powerful dogs, which is why they
have been a popular animal for Japanese people over generations. Early records from about 900 years ago show
how they were highly prized as hunting and fighting dogs, as well as sources of nutrition,
often regarded as “good eating”. There was a time in Japanese history where
only a ruler was allowed to own an Akita, and they would wear a collar that represented
their owners’ rank. Their popularity has risen and fallen over
the years, but at the beginning of the 20th century they became prized around the world
as a result of Emperor Taisho’s fondness of them. Today you’ll find them all over, where they
are valued for their loyalty, power, and independence. The AKC do not recommend this breed for first
time owners, as they can be quite temperamental and very dominant. 4. Xoloitzcuintli (show-loh-eets-kweent-lee) Also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, which
is also much easier to say, is one of the few breeds of hairless dog. The name is a combination of Xolotl, the Aztec
god, and Itzcuintli, the Aztec word for dog. The fact the Aztecs named this breed gives
an idea to quite how old the breed is, with some estimates suggesting it’s well over
3,500 years old. It is thought that they were brought over
to the Americas from the Asian continents, and became valued parts of the societies that
made the countries their homes until the Europeans arrived. They are extremely easy going and comforting
dogs, and those who chose one as their companion were said to bring upon themselves the favor
of the gods. Their remains have been found in burial chambers
from the Aztec times, where they were often sacrificed alongside their owners to assist
them with their travels to the underworld. They were mentioned in Columbus’ earliest
journals of his findings when he set foot in the Americas, before taking specimens back
to Europe with him where he knew people would be amazed by their hairless appearance. Today, Xolo’s are still tightly linked with
Mexico, and it is the official national dog of the country. It’s quite uncommon to see them in the US
or Europe, though, so you should feel honored if you see one! 3. Pekingese The Pekingese is another breed of longhaired
dog that originated in China, thought to date back more than 2,000 years. Their manes and similarities to lions led
to them being referred to as Lion Dogs, and they held royal status with the ancient dynasties-
for a long time only members of the Chinese Imperial Palace were allowed to own them. Eventually other rich members of society were
allowed to have them, and they were a favorite choice of monks who wanted companionship in
the temples. They were taken to Europe in 1860 during the
Second Opium War when 5 of them were stolen from a palace, and Empress Dowager Cixi gave
one to several important American figures, including Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter. They were first recognized by the AKC in 1906,
but it was only during the economic boom in the US following the second world war that
large numbers were bred and they became increasingly in demand. Of the 178 purebred dogs, according to the
AKC, Pekingese are the 80th most popular. 2. Saluki Saluki are also known as the Persian Greyhound,
and originally came from around the Nile valley in an area known as the Cradle of Civilization-
where human civilization is thought to have emerged. Having come from such an area, it’s perhaps
no surprise that they’re thought to be one of the oldest dogs still present on earth. There are pottery specimens decorated with
dogs thought to be Saluki, or their ancestors, from Mesopotamia dated at over 6,000 years
old. They were depicted on Egyptian tombs from
the Middle Kingdom onwards, about 2000 BC, and became increasingly popular in Egyptian
art. Thought of as the Royal Dog of Egypt, mummified
remains of Saluki were found in the tombs of some Pharaohs. It wasn’t just the Egyptians who revered
them for their hunting abilities, with records from Greece, Persia, and the Middle East depicting
their importance. Their name comes from the long lost Arab city
of Seleucia, and today these elegant hounds are a popular pet, and star attraction at
any show they go to. 1. Siberian Husky The Siberian Husky might just be the oldest
dog breed in the world. While they are commonly bred across cold regions,
they have been traced back to Zhokhov Island in Siberia. Here, evidence of domesticated dogs over 9,000
years old have been found, where they would have been used as hunting and sled dogs. This was an important way of survival back
then in the harsh weather conditions of the region, and the dogs would have been an invaluable
tool. The breeds used back then had the same traits
as the Siberian Husky, and while it is a modern day version of what was present back then,
it is very closely related to them. They are thought to have been developed by
the Chukchi people of Siberia, who brought them to Alaska in 1908 for sled-dog racing,
which is when the world first became aware of them. They were known as Chuckchis, but because
of their ability at racing they were taking to the US, where they were renamed as Siberian
Huskies. Nowadays their appealing looks, affection
and loyalty have made them an extremely popular breed, and amazingly they haven’t changed
much over the years. Thanks for watching! Do you have any of these dogs? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to subscribe and see you soon! Byeee

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100 Responses

  1. Chris Blis says:

    my ant has one and her name is rose and they love her she is blackish gray and light brown

  2. Chris Blis says:

    i have that husky

  3. Foxy Benn says:

    I know super late but just found this. I am lucky to have a Purebred shar pei and it's the best choice we ever made very good protecting my family and the sweetest cuddler though strangers get scared when he barks at them lol

  4. goofballs says:

    line of puppys at 6:28 then paws

  5. mark shean says:

    chow chow, fearless

  6. timothy alston says:

    Forgot the Dalmatian

  7. Avihay schwartz says:

    so cool!!!!!!!! 🙂

  8. Bacchus Leto says:

    Like half of the information in this video is wrong.

  9. just me says:

    My first dog was a Husky! He was an amazing companion for a little child and I highly recommend the breed for a family.

  10. Taeshook Bts says:

    I have a Siberian husky

  11. MANI Med ali says:

    adghan hound ! more like snoop dog

  12. Morgan Stafford says:

    I mean everyone is already pointing out all the many discrepancies in this poorly made video, but you also used footage of greyhounds while talking about Salukis— two breeds that have very distinct differences.🤦🏻‍♀️

  13. TylerPlayz says:

    I used to have a Siberian Husky

  14. Jack The Giant killer says:

    You forget about the ancient dog breed the Shiba Inu which was a wild Asian wolf like breed before humans started domesticating them. They still look their wild ancestors today.

  15. Kurt Trezise says:

    What about the wolfhound

  16. Training Method Ruf says:

    and tibetan mastiff dogs? was born in -4000 years AC

  17. Jaguarlibre 7 says:


  18. Kristian Eftimov says:

    I have an Akita and my girlfriend has a husky 🐻🐕

  19. Douglas Elwell says:

    Huskies should be banned you see how many people they attack now a days…..

  20. Bazooka Llama Productions says:

    Afghan hound looks like Sarah Jessica Parker

  21. Bazooka Llama Productions says:

    I don't own a dog. All my pets are wild. And they're snakes. Wild snakes.

  22. cracka fantastic says:

    I have 6 yorkie/Shih Tzu dogs all from the same litter, i couldn't spilt them up after birth. Lol but if anyone sees this please answer my question I'm getting a full breed husky pretty soon as a pup would he mix well with my dogs already?

  23. Amelie Szczesniak says:

    3:46 I have one heh

  24. Nathan Harambe says:

    What about the malamute?

  25. cheelady says:

    Ummmmm do better research please. The dogs in the Egyptian tombs are NOT Saluki. They are Pharaoh Hounds. If they were Saluki they would of had longer hair in the drawings.

  26. JIN Worldwide HANDSOME says:

    I have a pet Japanese dog in Philippines, jn aklan

  27. Bruno The Expert says:

    Ancient greek kokoni

  28. Alise Viluma says:

    I own a basenji, and they are so nice, but I can't believe you didn't mention that they are the only breed that can't bark, but other than that everything is else there is true in the video

  29. Ginna uwu says:

    Ya umm the 2# bog is not form any accent Egypt because the animal is only fond only lives in Egypt and it eats the dead meat that are on the bones of humans and one of the god in anccent Egypt mythology is this animal. So ya

  30. dragon_dimetion games says:

    Pekingese are could tebetan spaniels

  31. Milan K says:

    What about the Alaskan Malamute? :/

  32. idylle♡doll says:

    This video has far too many inaccuracies to have been published. Why is it that our generation is absolutely horrible at research and writing? You are misinforming the masses. Pug should have been on this list as they are undoubtedly one of the oldest dog breeds in the world and far more popular and legendary than the Pekingese.

  33. Cataleya Pyro says:

    I want a Basenji 🐕

  34. Agniwesh kumar says:

    Wrong data Indian pariah is the oldest on the earth

  35. Agniwesh kumar says:

    Where is Tibetan mastiff

  36. David says:

    The narration is right on point, the images, captions and video itself is not lmao.

  37. Matwau ! says:

    I am a aztec

  38. deadspace says:

    Sharpeis make me sad. Like a lot of wrinkled dogs, their eyelashes actually turn inward because of how we have bred them. Think of how it feels to get an eyelash in your eye. Now imagine ALL of your eyelashes in your eyes, 24/7 and scratching your eyeballs every time you blink. Poor babies

  39. Auric CKays says:

    I have a full bred husky

  40. lizvlx says:

    forgot the Puli. 4000 yrs.

  41. L Shadap says:

    Xolo=mexico now I know why coco's movie dog is dante (xolo)

  42. Mr_Amarxo 043043 says:

    9:36 this is an ancient persian temple not an arab city

  43. Dionne Lewis says:

    The Basenji is tortured in Gambia today! They cut their ears off down to the skull while the dog is awake and aware, while being held down by it's 'owner' (who basically starves it and leaves it shelterless and vulnerable to African insect life–mango worms are a flesh eating maggot that invest this breed horribly!) And then hacks its tail off too! The reason they brutalize these poor dogs is so they look dangerous! Yea….u read that rite! They cut the ears and tail off while the dog id awake to make it LOOK dangerous! They are NOT a dangerous breed at all if their shown even a meager amount of affection. The ppl in Gambia should have their rite to own this dog taken away from it. Go look it up urself to see it with ur own eyes….check out the German Veterinarian in Gambia! U'll see exactly what I'm talkn about! They're HORRIBLE to this lil dog💔😖really!!

  44. Sarika Morajkar says:

    6:53 admit that you saw one in an animated movie! 😁

  45. That gacha Dweeb says:

    what about the chiwawa

  46. Selena stanley says:

    I have a shar pei

  47. Selena stanley says:

    My mum used to have a basenji

  48. Selena stanley says:

    Chow chow are sooooooooooo cute, theyre like shar pei but fluffier and china eat theyre meat?!?!?! Thats terrifying.

  49. Selena stanley says:

    Are "Akita inu" simular to "shiba inu"?

  50. tosti reaper says:

    What abut the cnany dog this breed is soper old

  51. Lamaur Roystar says:

    i seen all them before

  52. Aouane Abdelkrim says:

    the moroccan aydi
    one of the oldest too

  53. da block says:

    #9 Basenji. I have a big red Basenji weighing in at 100 pounds of pure muscle. These are not family dogs in most cases because they tend to only bond with one human who they will accept as the leader of their pack. They are super guard dogs, they don't like strangers much and mine is very much like a big cat rather than a dog. It takes a lot of patience to train a Basenji because they will only take your commands as suggestions but if you work with them long enough they make super loyal well behaved companions. Some big pluses is they don't smell like a dog, they don't bark, don't shed, are super clean and cuddly beyond belief with their owners. Oh, did I mention they are HARDHEADED!!!! You haven't lived until you've owned a Basenji. If you want a Basenji to come to you don't call him, just disappear where he can't see you and he will come find you lickety split! It takes psychology and you have to outsmart a Basenji.

  54. Anto Wijoyo says:

    yes, mine is siberian husky.

  55. LA Pornales says:

    Dante in coco is quite famous😮

  56. Arielle Morales says:

    i had a Mexican hairless dog and she was amazing!!!

  57. MARA COLLINS says:

    Todos son hermosos en lo personal adoro los basenji ya que tengo dos pero tambien completan mi familia una chihuahua una labrador y un mestizo los amo❤❤❤❤❤

  58. Max pokorski says:

    What about the Samoyed? They are thought to be some of the original dogs with no fox or wolf blood is the mix.

  59. Copperheid says:

    I've never seen a xolo dog before! They're beautiful

  60. Cire says:

    Bravo to the woman who properly and correctly pronounced this dog breeds name! Xoloitzcuintli

  61. samuel abnavi says:

    woh about BULSHIT?

  62. jiang振斌 says:

    I know some dogs because they are in china

  63. Malice Mizer says:

    Stopped watching after you called Hebrew Chinese

  64. Gary Lirette says:

    Hey, doofballs, Samoyeds have the same history as Siberians, in fact the same geography. IJS

  65. Novorum Norcocorum says:

    >Chinese manuscript
    >Proceeds to show hebrew manuscript
    Bruh you just posted cringe, you're gonna loose suscriber buh
    seriously there are hundreds of chinese manuscripts you could have chosen

  66. Mandy Stanford says:

    I love my Siberian husky cream. Pretties dog in the WORLD!

  67. Juni Northstorm says:

    My aunt bred Shar peis and the mom Ming is actually one of the rarer older types of Shar pei with barely any wrinkles

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  72. Savannah Burris says:

    A lot of these dogs have changed so much due to modern breeding that they might as well be considered different dogs, y'know?

  73. Giannis Papadakis says:

    The first warning sign for a dog was found in an ancient house in Rome

  74. irmuu sanaa says:

    Mongols invading China 3000 years ago…

  75. Lupe Chavez says:

    What's crazy is xoloitzcuintli aztec said the dog was the protector of the underworld and the Egyptians actually have the exact dog as there underworld dog as well.

  76. acesnivy says:

    hmm thinking about how old dogs are makes me wonder why channels like this say humans have only been around for 200000 years which is obviously fake cos lol the first human was around 5 million years ago with the very first humanoid ancestors being around 12-15 million years ago

  77. Jaguarlibre 7 says:

    The cover is wrong the dog in it is Mexican while the pharo hound/jackle= Anubis

  78. Barbara Brown says:

    No mention of the Cirneco del Etna or Pharoh Hound? No credibility to this video at all.

  79. Nan Schnarr says:

    WTF what about Pugs

  80. Scott Sloop says:


  81. Scott Sloop says:

    Dogs are like people…the more they change the more they stay the same

  82. Hell Hound45 says:

    Why did you show and Staffordshire Terrier as the Ferocious? This is such BS

  83. Joshua Ornelas says:

    I have a xolo, he’s 24 years old and still going strong.. he still amazes me on how he can jump over a 6’5 ft wall at his age.

  84. Cornell Waters says:

    thank you 🐕

  85. חן שור says:

    Is it just me or is that text from the shar-pei breed is not in Chinese but rather… Hebrew
    Like, I don't believe I can read Chinese, never learned it, but I can read this… Ya dis Hebrew.

  86. Otrebmuh Serolf says:

    Did cholo derive from xolotl or xolo?

  87. Cool Videos says:

    I saw the same ranking in an expansive Chinese restaurant

  88. L Herrera says:

    I literally just adopted a Mexican hairless dog yesterday. Is name as Napoleon and he's beautiful

  89. Miss Telly says:

    Basenji from the Congo but you show pics of Turks and phillipinos??

  90. AmberTheBeatles FanaticLol26 says:

    sees Siberian Huskies at first place
    screeches and dances happily

  91. hellninja123 says:

    I had a Siberian husky before and and yellow lab I loved my husky but the Mexican hairless dog is the next dog I'd want or German Shepherd idk more leaning on the hairless dog though

  92. Joonha Shcal says:

    Where is the Tibetan Mastiff?

  93. caststone ba says:

    this dumb video makes me feel like we're gonna have a pop quiz after wards

  94. vinod kumar says:

    You are missed kanni chippiparai rajapalayam kombai mandai naai breeds…

  95. Bryan Willib63 says:

    O hello Katrina,, fancy meeting you here.. lol.. hope you have a great week ahead..

  96. Bryan Willib63 says:

    Awesome video. I like dog's and animals..

  97. Rex Burrow says:

    I think my friend has a Siberian Husky

  98. Gage Williams says:

    chow chowsdid not come from europe

  99. Holly Stevens says:

    Rhodesian ridgebacks too are missing

  100. Rachel Lee says:


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