The Basenji is a nimble and intelligent breed that requires minimal grooming but plenty of exercise. This ancient breed originates form Africa.
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Finding a Basenji
- Small, muscular build
- Straight, erect ears
- Small, almond-shaped eyes
- Short, curled tail
- Coat: Loose skin with short, smooth hair; comes in red, black, tri-color and brindle
- May have white on chest and tip of tail
- Height: 15-17 inches
- Weight: 20-26 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-12 years
- Energetic, smart, curious, loyal, nimble, quiet, affectionate
- Interaction with people: Good with mature children; wary of strangers
- Interaction with animals: Likes being with other Basenjis; may not be friendly with small pets
- Training: Easily trained; needs early socialization
- Bark: Does not have a regular bark. They "yoddle" to communicate.
- Fanconi's syndrome (kidney disease)
- Hemolytic Anemia
- Hip dysplasia
- IPSID (inflammatory bowel disease)
- Ophthalmic disorders (including progressive retinal atrophy and persistent pupillary membrane)
- Patellar luxation
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency (causes anemia)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Best in rural area
- Needs significant exercise and long daily walks
- Light shedder
- Cleans itself, similar to cats
- Rarely needs grooming
- Exceptionally clean breed with no odor
- Also known as the "African barkless dog" because instead of barking it makes yodeling noises
- First called the Congo dog
- Used in Africa as guides in the jungles
- Silent hunters
- A pack-hunter
- Native to Central Africa
- Basenji-type dogs are depicted in Egyptian tombs and wall drawings dating back to 3600 B.C.
- Given as gifts to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt
- Little known outside of Africa; breed was first brought to England in 1937