Ancient Breeds

Ancient Breed & Landrace Research

Dogs from ancient/primitive breeds and landraces have ancestral traits that can provide insights into the brains and behaviors of early domestic dogs. Despite their relevance to our understanding dog evolution, these dogs are vastly underrepresented in the scientific literature.

The Canine Brains Project is seeking to improve the representation of ancient/primitive and landrace dogs in canine science. We invite owners of ancient/primitive breeds and landraces to participate in our online and on campus studies described in this website.

Examples of ancient/primitive breeds and landrace dogs that we would like to have included in our studies are listed below.

  • Village Dog
  • New Guinea Singing Dog
  • Dingo
  • Carolina Dog
  • Canaan Dog
  • Basenji
  • Shiba Inu
  • Akita
  • Korean Jindo
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Samoyed
  • Yakutian Laika
  • Siberian Husky
  • Labrador/Inuit Husky
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Kangal
  • Maremma Sheepdog
  • Hungarian Kuvasz
  • Akbash
  • Caucasian Shepherd
  • Central Asian Shepherd
  • Azawakh
  • Saluki
  • Sloughi
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Portugese Podengo
  • Xoloitzcuintle

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