English, AfrikaansShow more kaffir + English dog; or perhaps translation of Afrikaans kafferhond.
1.obsolescent.A tan-coloured, short-haired hunting dog kept by indigenous peoples throughout southern Africa and characterized by its leanness, long tail, sharp muzzle, and drooping ears; kraal dog, see kraalnoun sense 5.
1835T.H. Bowker Journal. 11 JulyCafir dogs attacked the sheep, the guard kills two of them.
1864S. Turner inD. ChildPortrait of Pioneer (1980) 6These Kaffir dogs eat anything; you must not leave your saddle or anything made of leather within their reach or it is gone directly.
1870C. HamiltonLife & Sport in S.-E. Afr. 61The Kaffir dog is an active, wire-haired, long-nosed hound, which much resembles the lurcher.
1882Lady F.C. DixieIn Land of Misfortune 69The dust rose in clouds and enveloped us in its choking veil, Kaffir dogs flew out from wayside kraals and barked defiance.
1911P. GibbonMargaret Harding 5The Kafir dog is not a demonstrative animal, and his snuffle meant much.
1929G.P. Lestrade inA.M. Duggan-CroninBantu TribesII.i.‘Kaffir’ dogs abound in Bechuanaland.
1939S. CloeteWatch for Dawn 14What had he done that he could be teased like this, like a lion surrounded by kaffir dogs?
1943F.H. RoseKruger’s Wagon 70The barking of Kaffir dogs, as we call the gaunt, black, smooth-haired, ravenous-looking beasts which the natives use in buck hunting.
1949H.C. Bosman inS. GrayMakapan’s Caves (1987) 39A yellow kafir dog was yelping excitedly round his black master.
1954J. WilesMoon to Play With 5The kaffir dogs were usually out hunting in the long grass and that meant they might be away for days.
1970Daily Dispatch 30 Jan. 14In the old days they called them ‘kaffir-dogs’ — those yellowish pooches lolling about the kraals yapping at the cattle.
1971D. Marais inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.IV. 53Kaffir dogs..vary considerably in coloration, coat and ear carriage, but some characteristics are constant: in their general conformation and slinking gait they strongly resemble jackals...Most of them weigh from 50 to 60 lbs...Usually they live as scavengers in Bantu villages.
1882S. HeckfordLady Trader in Tvl 61Did she see a half-starved Kaffir dog look in her kitchen door or crawl trembling towards the dresser, it was not ‘Furtseck,’..that she would cry, but..a piece of bread or meat was sure to be offered.
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