Basenji Breed Summary
Stubborn, Intelligent, Playful, Curious and Energetic
These dogs are extremely unique, they don't bark but rather 'talk' through a strange yodel-like sound! Additionally, they are very hygienic and tend to clean themselves like cats using their paws, they 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 dogs 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 15in - 17in, Females 14in - 16in|
|Weight||Males and Females 22lb - 24lb|
|Coat||Very short, Sleek and Fine|
|Color||Black & White, Black Tan & White, Brindle, Brindle & White, Red & White, Tricolor|
|Eye color||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 dogs who are ‘wiling to please’, this is a phrase the Basenji is unaware of. They can be highly stubborn and even if you train them 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 sight and mouth! You will also need a very sturdy fence as these guys are prone to escaping. But negatives aside, they love to play all sorts of games! They make excellent watchdogs and will alert their ‘hoomans’ to almost anything that is out of their comfort zone. These dogs are also excellent for owners who jog or cycle as they will happily run alongside you. They also love sports and hunting, so are perfect for an active family.