The 10 Most Ancient Dog Breeds

This elegant breed traces its lineage directly to ancient dogs and was brought to Great Britain in the 1920s.

Afghan Hound

One of Japan's oldest native breeds, the Akita Inu holds a significant place in Japanese history.

Akita Inu

Often considered the most ancient breed, dogs resembling Basenjis can be found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs.


Researchers believe that this fluffy breed is one of the earliest to evolve from wolves, potentially confirmed by recent DNA studies.

Chow Chow

Over 2,000 years old, this small breed has remained remarkably unchanged throughout its history.


Competing with the Basenji for antiquity, Salukis have been found in rock art dating back to 10,000 BC and were esteemed as the "Royal Dog of Egypt."


Used for sledding, guarding, and herding for over 3,000 years, Samoyeds have a rich history.


Dating back to 800 BC, this breed, although recognized by the American Kennel Club only in 1969, has ancient origins.

Shih Tzu

Isolated in Tibet for over 2,000 years, Tibetan Terriers are among the world's oldest pure breeds.

Tibetan Terrier

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