HOUND Basenji

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Dog Group: Hound Group

Activity Needs: Needs Lots Of Activity

Barking Level: When Necessary

Coat Type: Short, Smooth

Breed Size: Small (0-25Lbs)

Training Level: May Be Stubborn

Characteristics: Good With Children, Good For Apartments, Good With Other Dogs

Shedding Levels: Occasional

Basenji Dog Breed

The Basenji is actually a primitive hunting breed of dog in a lean but yet strong and compressed size. Basenjis has alert, pointed ears, almond-shaped head, dark hazel or dark brown eyes, as well as a bushy tail that firmly curls up against her back. Lines and wrinkles on their forehead present these pups a lovable appearance of concern.

The Basenji, Africa’s ‘barkless Dog, is a compact, sweet-faced huntsman of intelligence and poise. They are really unique and beguiling pets, best for owners who are going to meet their exercise needs along with the challenge of training this catlike dog. Basenjis are small, elegant hounds standing upright 16 or 17 inches at the shoulder. They are recognizable by their shining short coat, tightly curled tail, and wrinkled forehead and expressive almond-shaped eyes that convey a variety of subtle, human like emotions. Basenjis certainly are a lovely sight at a standstill but more impressive yet at a fast trot, when they exhibit the long, smooth strides of a mini racehorse. And yes, it’s true, they don’t bark, but they make their feelings known using an odd noise described as something from a chortle and a a yodel. Basenjis are fastidious and will groom themselves like cats. This has been referred to as ‘cult breed’ small in numbers, but individuals fortunate enough to own one do so with singular devotion.


Bred to be alert for very long hunts throughout the African wilderness, Basenjis can be an exceedingly full of energy and brilliant breed that will require plenty of day-to-day strenuous exercise and mental stimulation. Basenjis are independent thinkers recognized for their willful, clever, mischievous personalities.


The Basenji should do great using a high-quality dog food, whether or not commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any kind of diet plan should always be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Many dogs are inclined to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats is often an important aid in in training however giving a lot of treats can result in obesity. Be familiar with which kind of human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, freshwater should be available all the time.