10 Oldest Dog Breeds

Have you ever wondered which are the oldest dog breeds?

Some dog breeds are ancient – dating back centuries, while others are relatively new. Using the data from the study and historical information, scientists were able to determine the 10 oldest dog breeds.


Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound is truly elegant and noble dog breed. They are sweet, devoted and loving dogs, but have a tendency to be sensitive and should be treated as such.



Alaskan Malamute

This is large, wolf-like dog breed that is magnificent in appearance. They were originally bred for use as an Alaskan sled dog. They are very similar to a Siberian Husky, but still different in many ways.



The Basenji is a sight hound and hunts by sight only. They have very strong hunting instinct and the dog tends to chase everything, including cars.


Shar Pei

Shar Pei is Chinese dog breed and they are known for thier unique wrinkles. Very strong and powerful dog breed.


Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is an ancient dog breed originated in China, more than 2000 years ago. They were used for hunting, herding, pulling and protection.

chow chow


German Spitz

All German Spitzen have a wolf/fox-like head, double coat, highset triangular ears and a tail that is curled over the back.

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Greenland Sled Dogs

The Greenland Sled dog breed is a large breed of husky-type dog kept as a sled dog and for hunting polar bear and seal. It is an ancient breed, thought to be directly descended from dogs brought to Greenland by the first Inuit settlers.

Greenland Sled Dogs



The Saluki can trace its history back to ancient Egypt and may be one of the oldest types of domestic dog.




This dog breed can be traced back in history to 1000BCE in Siberia. The breed was named after the Samoyede people, a tribe of nomads in Siberia that herded reindeer.



Shiba Inu

They hail from the mountains of Japan, where the breed has been present for over 3000 years. They are part of several Japanese Spitz-type dogs that include other breeds such as the Akita.