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Animal Scene - 2021-11-01

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The Dog’s history dates back to early on in the 18th century when the first European settlers in South Africa found Dogs that had been domesticated by local Khoikhoi tribes. Crosses were made with these local Dogs and those brought in by the European colonists, among them Mastiffs and Hounds. In the late 19th century, Cornelius van Rooyen from Rhodesia bred two Ridged Greyhound-like females with a pack of big game hunting Dogs. The puppies from this mating excelled at being perfect hunting companions to their big game hunting masters. They fit in seamlessly and were highly resilient in extreme temperatures in the rough and dangerous land they lived in with their humans.

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