The Nigerian Shepherd also known as Ekuke: The Nigerian Shepherd (Ekuke) is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog. Although, this breed true origin is yet to be recognised, it is assumed that, the breed originated in Nigeria. The breed’s officially recognized name is Nigerian Shepherd Dog in the English language (sometimes abbreviated as NSD ). The breed is also known as ([Local dog]-as many will call it, Ekuke, Nkita). The Nigeria. Shepherd is a relatively a very old breed of dog, with their origin yet to be known. As part of the Herding Group, Nigeria Shepherds are working dogs used mostly by hunters and farmers, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience. Although, this breed has been highly neglected, it still posses powerful attribute which includes; disability assistance, search – and – rescue, police and military roles – if given the the opportunity, and even self tutoring. The Nigeria Shepherd is the most popular/known breed in Nigeria. It is also the oldest breed of dog in Nigeria(has been in existence before the almagamation of Nigeria) and one of the oldest dog breeds in Africa.
Nigerian shepherd dog
Litter size: 6–13(some, give birth to up to 15 pups)
•- Obedience: This breed is super obedient. They adhere to their owners even when they are trying to attack and the owner calls them to stop.
•- Powerful sniffer dog with high ability to track smells.- Always taken for hunting by hunters and farmers because of their ability to pick smells.
•- Extremely fast breed.
•- Good guard dog. Although, it will hesitate to bite. It will be bark to get you aware of the happenings in or around the environment. When with strangers, it will be barking around them to scare them.
-When an Ekuke is guarding a home do not pick anything in that environment that this dog is trying to protect, lest you end up being bitten or being chased. 🙂
•- This breed is loaded with higher and brighter vision more than most dog breeds- they can see far and near be it day or night.
•- They are small eaters. Therefore, they are regarded as lesser food eaters – when compared to other breeds and easier to maintain: Unlike all other breeds such as, caucasian, boerboel, bull mastiff, Rottweiler….etc, this breed is easier to maintain. It doesn’t eat much.
•- Good for first time owners.
•- Naturally/Exceptionally skilled and very swift in hunting down preys.
•- Good with children.
•- Is the most intelligent dog on the list.
•- it’s a beautiful dog.
•- NSD(Ekuke) can be very unpresentable and unattractive, if malnourished or poorly cared for by the owners.
Male 40cm- 43cm
Female 37cm- 40cm
Coat: short and fine
Colour: all types
Life span: 10-17 years ( and most times above)
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