Routine Care: A tall fence and leash walking are a must; Basenjis like to climb and also can't resist chasing cats and other small animals.
Grooming: Basenjis have low grooming needs and are known for their lack of "doggie odor." Brush coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Basenjis generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
They might be called barkless dogs, but they’re not silent. They use their voice in a distinctive yodel or barro.
- An affectionate companion and family dog
- Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
- Confident, steady, and fearless
- Alert, curious, and busy
- Quirky, entertaining personality
- Loving and loyal to her owners
- Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices
- Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children
- Not easily trained
- Can be independent and strong-willed
- Suspicious of strangers
- Easily bored and may find trouble
Whether you are considering adding a new Basenji to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Basenji will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Basenji you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Basenji could encounter:
The Basenji is an ancient hunter originating in Africa and highly valued in Egypt. Bred to hunt reed rats, they became prized companions and were given as gifts to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. They are fastidious about staying clean and dislike wet and cold weather. The Basenji is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years. Basenjis can suffer from common conditions like bladder stones and hypothyroidism. Early detection is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Basenji shows signs of the following:
Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
Cloudiness to eye lens
General reluctance to run or play
Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws
Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Soft, non-painful bulge near the belly button
Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
Greasy poops, weight loss, dry flaking coat
Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
Bumping into objects, startles easily
Weakness, pale gums