Height: 16-17 in
Weight: 22-24 lb
intelligent, affectionate, cheerful, alert, tireless,
aloof with strangers.
They were developed as a hunting dog in Egypt and in the
Congo. The word ˘basenji÷ is the African word for Šbush
thing. The Basenji was a perfect guide through the jungle,
as it would warn its owners of possible danger from wild
animals. Basenji are also hunters of small game, hunting
by smell as well as by sight. They are a very old breed.
Basenji was unknown in England until 1937, and only came
to America in 1941. They can be described as being
fastidiously clean animals. They clean and groom
themselves as a cat would. An interesting food favorite of
this breed is green vegetables!
They are excellent with children, quite gentle. This
adorable little dog makes a fantastic companion! They
should be allowed to live indoors, close to their family.
The Basenji is good with other dogs living within the
home, but they are not good with non-canine pets. They can
also be aggressive toward strange dogs. Their coat sheds
minimally and requires minimal grooming. The coat is short
and smooth. Their ears are small and held erect. Colors:
chestnut, black, tricolor, brindle. A very clean dog, they
have no detectable odor. The Basenji needs moderate daily
exercise. They require socialization and obedience
Unique characteristic: it does not bark! It makes a
chortling, yodel-like sound instead. It can also climb
trees Its Wrinkled forehead gives this dog a thoughtful
expression. Tail is tightly curled over its back. Some
health concerns: Faconi Syndrome, PRA, Hemolytic Anemia,