Japanese Akitas are also ancient. These double-coated working dogs love tracking and hiking in cool weather. They make good guard dogs because they are loyal to their pack and aggressive if threatened.
Basenjis may have inspired many Egyptian Pharaoh tomb sculptures and carvings. They are quiet dogs with pointed ears, long legs, and tightly wound tails. African tribes hunted and packed them.
Over 5,000 years ago, the molosser was a war dog like the Mastiff. Mastiffs, descendants of this ancient breed, make great family dogs. They make great guard dogs.
Malamutes came from the Bering Sea Inuit Mahlemuts Tribe. Their human pack may have crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia. Strong and durable, they make great family pets but prefer to be "only dogs."
Saluki carvings from Sumeria date to 5,000–6,000 BCE. In ancient Egypt, they were called "Persian Greyhounds." A tall fence will help these pups curb their desire to chase anything that moves.
Another Asian export, this teddy bear-like breed is aloof and independent and may be related to the Samoyed, Elkhound, and Pomeranian. As early as 206 BC, Chow Chow-like dog fossils were found.
The sacred Lhasa breed was once owned only by Tibetan royalty and monks. This pup was believed to absorb its owner's soul upon death. The 13th Dalai Lama gave America its first pair.