This dog is barkless but tends to make other sounds similar to yodels. It also tends to show more facial expression than other breeds.
As its area of origin is Central Africa, specifically Congo and Zaire, the Basenji was named after tribes that owned them. Also called the Zande dogs or Congo terriers, native tribes used them for hunting small game. Although they are hounds, they have terrier-like mannerisms, being feistier, clever, inquisitive, stubborn, independent, and reserved like cats. It requires daily physical and mental stimulation. While they are considered to be barkless, they do yodel, howl, and shriek. They make excellent watchdogs, however they do not provide the best protection capabilities. Families with older children, sportsmen, hunters, and experienced dog handlers would be ideal companions for the Basenji. Coat upkeep is fairly easy because it is short, so brushing to remove hair is only occasional.
Breed Details & Traits
Height: Male: 17"; Female: 16"
Weight: Male: 24 lb; Female:22 lb
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Alert, Barkless, Clever, Curious, Inquisitive,
Common Health Concerns for Basenji:
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