The Basenji, Africa’s “Barkless Dog,” is a compact, sweet-faced, attractive hunter of intelligence and poise. Basenji Dog are unique and beguiling pets, best for the owners who can meet their exercise needs and the challenge of training this cat like canin. Basenji is a lightly-built, elegant hunting dog from Africa. The Basenji has a wrinkled head and also a high, curled tail.
- Life expectancy: 13 – 14 years
- Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo/ Central Africa
- Temperament: Independent, Smart, Poised
- Height: Male: 15–17 Inches, Female: 14–16 Inches
- Weight: Male: 22–24 pounds, Female: 20–22 pounds
- Colors: Black, Tri-color, Brindle, Tan
- Group: Hound Group
|Coat:||Shirt and Fine|
|Litter size||average 3 to 4 pups maybe larger|
|Life span||12-14 years|
The Basenji dog breeds was originally found in the Congo. Clever and endearing, he’s a good companion for the person or family who can stay a step ahead of him. The Basenji is commonly known as the “barkless dog” because it doesn’t bark, but when he is excited, it makes a noise that sounds like a yodel. Moreover many Basenji are dominant and pushy toward other dogs of the same sex.
BASENJI TEMPERAMENT AND APPEARANCE
- Some consider Basenjis to have terrier-like mannerisms because they are feisty for a hound.
- More often these dog are considered catlike in mannerisms: clever, inquisitive, stubborn, independent, and reserved.
- Dog hunting roots are very evident, as they love to chase and trail.
- The dog need regular mental and physical stimulation lest it become frustrated and destructive.
- Basenjis may be barkless, but they are not mute dog.
- They dogs do make a sort of yodel, howl, and shriek—and occasionally bark, but just one or two “fox barks” at a time.
- The dog breeds gets along fairly well with other dogs, but often poorly with other Basenji.
- This dog is an active dog that needs mental and physical exercise daily.
- Their needs can be met by a long walk followed by a vigorous game or by free-running in a safe enclosed area.
- Moreover dog coat care is minimal, consisting of only occasional brushing to remove dead hair.
BASENJI HEALTH AND CARE
- Life expectation of dog is 11 to 15 years.
- Major concerns: Fanconi syndrome, PRA and also Basenji enteropathy
- Minor concerns: PPM, PK, hypothyroidism and also umbilical hernia
- Occasionally seen: CHD, patellar luxation, corneal dystrophy
- Suggested tests for Basenji dog is: eye, thyroid, hip, Fanconi, DNA for PK, DNA for PRA