The Ghanaian Stray is a local breed with no officially recognized standard. These dogs are generally medium to large in size, with short coats and a variety of colors.
These dogs are usually medium to large in size, with an estimated weight range of 15 to 35 kg and an average height of 45 to 60 cm. Life expectancy can vary widely depending on living conditions and access to adequate veterinary care. The Ghanaian Stray is not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Breed history in brief
These dogs are the result of mixtures and crossbreeding of various breeds over time. Their presence in Ghana dates back to ancient times, where they are believed to have been introduced by human migrations and settlers.
Throughout history, these stray dogs have played an important role in Ghanaian society. They have been loyal and protective companions in rural and urban communities, providing security and companionship to their owners and acting as guardians of property. Although many of them are homeless and exposed to hardship and danger, there are also organizations and individuals dedicated to providing them with care, shelter and veterinary care. These efforts seek to improve the quality of life of these dogs and promote responsible adoption.
These dogs are usually medium to large in size and their appearance can vary widely, as they are the result of crossbreeding and mixing between different breeds over time.
As for the coat, it can also vary, being common to find Ghanaian stray dogs with short or long coats, with various colors and patterns, such as black, white, brown, brindle or a combination of them.
In terms of temperament, Ghanaian street dogs can exhibit a wide range of behaviors due to their varied ancestry. Some may be friendly, sociable and affectionate, while others may be more shy or reserved. Their individual temperament may also be influenced by their previous experience and interaction with humans.
Common health problems
Due to their genetic nature coming from a great diversity of dog breeds, there is not enough knowledge about which are the most common diseases that such dogs can suffer from. However, given their lifestyle, they are more likely to suffer from parvovirus, canine distemper, leptospirosis, ticks, fleas and mange.
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