by Staff writer
Ekuke is a name used to refer to a group of local dog breeds found in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Because of their striking features, such as a long snout, erect ears and an elongated slender body, many have come to recognize the ekuke as a distinct dog breed.
But in actuality, this is false.
The ekuke (also called Bingo) comprises about 4 common dog breeds, and sometimes cross-breeds.
These dog breeds were initially designed to survive hot climates and made excellent companions to travelers journeying through deserts.
The name Bingo could have come from an old nursery rhyme “A Farmer Had A Dog” of unknown origin which goes:
There was a farmer who had a dog,
and Bingo was his name-o.
And Bingo was his name-o.
There is another claim that “Bingo” could also be a mispronunciation of the Australian wild dog ‘Dingo’ by Africans.
Here are some of the breeds that make up the class of dogs called ekuke:
The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog that originated in central Africa. Basenjis have reportedly lived with humans for thousands of years. They have pricked (upright) ears and tightly curled tails and enjoy sitting at the feet of their masters. Basenjis were originally kept for hunting small game by tracking and driving the game into nets.
Originating in West Africa, the Azawakh belong to a class of hunting dogs known as sighthounds (also called gazehounds) that primarily hunt by sight and speed, rather than by scent and endurance as the scent hounds do.
The Azawakh is a tall and thin dog breed with a very short coat that is almost absent on the belly.
Unlike most other sighthounds, the Azawakh easily develop an intense bond with its owner, even though can also perform independently from its master. With those they accept, Azawakh are gentle and extremely affectionate.
The Greyhound is also a sighthound. They are tall, slender, graceful and smooth-coated dogs characterized by swiftness and keen sight.
It is a gentle and intelligent breed whose combination of long, powerful legs, deep chest, flexible spine and slim build allows it to reach speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, making them the fastest dog breed and one of the fastest animals in the world.
As a result of this, greyhounds have been used in dog racing for many years.
Beyond their speed and grace, people love greyhounds for their sweet, placid nature.