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Basenji Breed Summary
Stubborn, Intelligent, Playful, Curious and Energetic
These doggies are extremely unique, they don't bark like other doggies but rather 'talk' through a strange yodel-like sound! Additionally, they are very hygenic doggies and tend to clean themselves like cats using their paws. They also get very obsessive trying to get rid of dirt on their coats!
Additionally, they have a very sweet appearance, mainly due to their little wrinkly foreheads and kind-looking eyes. They are very gentle and affectionate by nature and form extremely strong bonds with their families!
Fun Fact: These doggies are called M'bwa M'kube M'bwawamwitu in Africa, which means the jumping up and down dog!
|Kennel Club Group||Hound|
|Lifespan||12 - 14 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 41 - 43 cm, Females 38 - 40 cm at the withers|
|Weight||Males 10 - 12 kg, Females 9.5 - 11 kg|
|Coat||Very short, Sleek and Fine|
|Colour||Black & White, Black Tan & White, Brindle, Brindle & White, Red & White, Tricolour|
|Eye colour||Dark Hazel or Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Persistent pupillary membrane (PPM), Hip dysplasia, Pyruvate kinase deficiency (PKD), Fanconi syndrome, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Immunoproliferative enteropathy, Urolithiasis (linked to Fanconi syndrome), Autoimmune hypothyroiditis, Immune mediated haemolytic anaemia, Patellar luxation|
|Other Names||African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog, Ango Angari, Congo Dog, Zande Dog, Congo Terrier|
This is not a dog for first-time owners, we repeat, not a dog for first time owners! Unlike many doggies, who are ‘wiling to please’, this is a phrase the Basenji is unaware of. They can be highly stubborn doggies and even if you train the impeccably, the chances of them actually ‘sitting’ when you command them to, are low. They are also very prone to chewing and eating everything in eyesight, so owners need to keep their possessions out of site and mouth! You will also need a very sturdy fence, as these guys are prone to escaping. But negatives a-side, they love to play all sorts of games! Additionally, they make excellent watchdogs and will alert their ‘hoomans’ to almost anything that is out of their comfort zone. These doggies are also excellent for owners who jog or cycle, as they will happily run alongside you. They also love doggy sports and hunting, so are perfect for an active family.
It’s thought that the Basenji may be one of the oldest domestic dogs in the world and was discovered by Westerners in the Congo in the 19th Century. The dogs were used to flush game, as well as carrying their ‘hoomans’ goods and warning in case predators approached the tribe. They were so highly respected, that it’s believed many tribe members valued these doggies more than their Wives! They are often referred to as the ‘bark less dog’ which may be due to tribes preferring a quiet dog on hunts. However, they are not completely silent, and their vocals range from a pleasant yodel, to an ear-piercing human-like scream! They made their way successfully to England and America, in the 1930’s and were recognised by the Kennel Club in 1943.