Categories | Dog Breeders | Basenji Breeders
If you are after a dog that is quiet on voice but not quiet on personality, you really can’t go past the charm of the Basenji, commonly known as the “barkless dog”. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of the Basenji
The Basenji is a smallish yet muscular and athletic dog. They stand up to 43 cm tall and weigh up to 12 kilograms. They have a characteristic wrinkling around the forehead, with large erect ears, and their tail curls tightly over the body. They have small, dark brown eyes and the dog’s muzzle is shorter than the skull. The Basenji’s coat is short and shiny and comes in a range of colours include black, copper, red, and chestnut. They can also come in tricolour with combinations of black, tan and white or black, brindle and white. The dog should have white feet, chest, and tip of the tail. Another defining characteristic of the breed is that Basenjis do not bark. Rather they will make a yodelling sound or else howl or growl. They also tend to clean themselves much like a cat would.
The Basenji Temperament
The Basenji is known for being an intelligent dog with a strong desire to please. This means that they respond exceptionally well to training and they socialise well. They are also very playful, energetic and curious dogs. They like to climb and chew so they should always be kept in a very secure backyard and given lots of toys to play with (so they don’t destroy things that you’d prefer they didn’t!). Be aware that just because the Basenji is a relatively quiet dog, this doesn’t mean that they are not active. They do require daily exercise and play. These dogs don’t like water or wet weather.
Caring for the Basenji
The Basenji is a surprisingly low maintenance dog grooming wise, due to the tendency to groom themselves like a cat, and the fact that they have no doggie smell. They also do not shed a lot, if at all, so brushing is required infrequently at best. They may be a good option for people that suffer from allergies. The Basenji will live for 10 to 12 years on average but they can live for longer with a good diet and plenty of TLC.
Who is the Basenji Suited To?
The Basenji is suited to any owner that is prepared to give it the exercise and training that it needs. They can be kept in an apartment if you wish but they will need plenty of exercise; a backyard with secure fencing is preferred. These dogs like to be around their own kind so you might wish to get two Basenjis, so that they can keep each other company.
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