Origin: The Basenji was also known by several other names such as African Bush Dog Congo Dog or Congo Terrier which is a breed that originates from the region of Central Africa. The breed was initially used as hunters to chase game into nets and to hunt small animals like rodents to control the village rodent population.
Size: The Basenji has a shoulder height of 15-17 inches, and they weigh around 20-26 pounds. It has almond-shaped eyes, small and erect ears, tiny feet, and a curly tail. They have a similar appearance to a deer. The muzzle is shorter than the skull, with a long neck and small wrinkles on the forehead.
Coat: The breed has a short and straight coat that comes in different color combinations: black and white, red and white, tricolor (black, tan, and white), or brindle and white. It may have white hair on the legs, collar, and chest. You may find a Basenji in more of the primary color than white and it sheds a little and is a perfect choice for owners with allergy problems.
Temperament: The Basenji is from the hound family that means it is intelligent and independent. Though it is known for lack of barking, it makes several noises, including an unusual yodel-like bark, and may intimate the bark of other dogs. They must be socialized from a young age so that they know that the other household pets are not prey. They can be destructive and mischievous if they are not adequately exercised. They are loving and
affectionate towards their family and close bond with them. They get along well with children but you need to be careful with the younger ones. It may get highly territorial and unfriendly around strangers. It's not a dog who will obey your command instantly. It thinks about it and then decides whether it want to do it or not.
Care: The Basenji has high energy requirements. It requires a lot of daily exercises, including long walks, play sessions. They can be difficult to train as they do not obey commands instantly. They are eager to please their owner and are quick learners due to their high intelligence. The breed has good grooming habits just like a cat and it keeps itself clean. Brush their teeth twice or thrice a week to remove tartar buildup and prevent bad breath. Trim their nails and keep a check on the overall hygiene. Clean their eyes and ears to ensure proper cleanliness and prevent infections.
Health: The average lifespan of a Basenji is 12-16 years. They are prone to some health conditions such as Fanconi Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Persistent Pupillary Membrane (PPM), Coloboma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hip Dysplasia, and Umbilical Hernia. Take your pet for regular health check-ups to prevent the disease and detect the signs at an early stage. Do ask for the health clearance when you get this adorable breed home.