The Basenji may be considered a strange breed of dog. The breed is a small, short haired hunting dog from Africa. This breed is an ancient breed that does not bark. The dog does make noise but it sounds more like a chortle or yodel. Your neighbors will love this breed of dog.
The Basenji has a short back and is slightly built. Even with the slight build, the Basenji is an athletic dog about the size of a fox terrier. The Basenji has a smooth shiny coat of copper, red, black and tan, and can also be a black and brindle color.
The feet are usually white. The white color repeats on the chest and the tip of the tail. The forehead is furrowed with wrinkles, giving the breed a worried look. The tail is set high and curled.
The Basenji was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1943. The Basenji is categorized in the Hound Group. The Basenji is considered both a sight hound and a scent hound.
The breed is elegant and graceful. One of the most endearing qualities of the Basenji is its unusual gain. The dog has a distinctive run which resembles a racehorse trotting. Another distinct feature of the breed is that the female Basenji comes into heat only once a year.
The Basenji grows to a height of between 16-17 inches for males and from 15-16 inches for females. They weigh 22-26 pounds for males. The females weighs from 20-25 pounds.
This is high energy pet requires lots of exercise. The breed wants to play constantly. This is good for a family with children. However, the playful nature can become a nuisance at times when play is not appropriate. Of course, children love this playful nature. The children will tire out before the dog. This strong desire to constantly play can lead to behavioral problems. Obedience training is required with this breed.
The Basenji breed loves children. The high-energy level of children and the Basenjis’ love of continuous play can benefit most parents and dog owners. Before the day ends, both dog and children will be ready for some much needed rest.
The Basenji breed does have some common health issues which include:
- Fanconi Syndrome (a kidney disease)
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (a gradual onset blindness that begins at four-to-five years of age)
- Thyroid problems
- Persistent Pupillary Membrane (PPM)
- Umbilical and Inguinal Hernias
Very little grooming is required for the Basenjis. The Basenjis has very clean habits. The Basenjis spend hours grooming themselves. Their grooming habits are somewhat like those of a cat. Amazingly, there is no doggie smell. This is a good dog for people with allergies because the breed sheds little to no hair.
The Basenji is an alert, affectionate dog. This breed makes a good family pet, especially a family with active children. This dog like to chew and climb. Beware of this dog’s agility. They have been known to maneuver over chain wire fences.