Dog Breeds

3 Fascinating Facts About Basenjis Dog Breed

The Basenji dog breed was originally found in the Congo of Africa! Did you know that a Basenji uses both scent and sight to hunt. They are a clever and endearing dog breed, and they make for good companions for both the independent or family who can stay a step ahead of him.

They are ancient

Basenjis have been around so long, they hung out with the ancient Egyptians. In fact, there is evidence of the dogs existing as far back as 4000 BCE. These dogs most likely originated in Central Africa, between the Congo Basin and South Sudan, and were probably kept as hunting companions. Experts believe they may have been gifted to the Pharaohs of Egypt, who were said to love the animals for their cat-like personalities and clean coats.

They Yodel

Basenjis are known for being a very quiet breed; because they have flat larynxes, the dogs cannot bark. When they do make noise, it sounds more like a yodel than a traditional bark.

They are super clean!

The sometimes-aloof breed is less friendly than other dogs, but forms strong bonds with its owners. And they’re known to keep their coats and paws clean, just like cats. Owners find that grooming them is easy, the key to that strong bonding relationship is to enjoy a simple grooming routine, of brushing with a daily leave on spray and a fortnightly bath to give their fur nourishment and color!

VITAL STATS

Breed Group:                Hound Dogs
Height:                         1 foot, 4 inches to 1 foot, 5 inches at the shoulder
Weight:                        22 to 24 pounds
Life Span:                     10 – 12 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

ADAPTS WELL TO APARTMENT LIVING ★★★★★
AFFECTIONATE WITH FAMILY ★★★★★
AMOUNT OF SHEDDING ★
GENERAL HEALTH ★★
POTENTIAL FOR PLAYFULLNESS ★★
TENDENCY TO VOLCALIZE ★★
KID FRIENDLY ★★★★★
EASY TO GROOM ★★★★★
INTELLIGENCE ★★★★
PET FRIENDLY ★★★★

Sources:
dogtime.com/dog-breeds/basenji
mentalfloss.com/article/71941/10-super-smart-facts-about-basenjis
basenji.org/BasenjiU/Owner/Handbook/HandPDF/UnderstandingOG.pdf

One thought on “3 Fascinating Facts About Basenjis Dog Breed

  1. Hill george says:

    I love Basenjis! They are very beautiful dogs. They are amazingly smart! I love reading this article because it makes me think of my own dog. I was at a professional grooming place, and everyone that was in the store say my dog and gave me complements on how well my dog looked. She was the best thing ever, and I always loved her even when she would chew up my stuff haha! I know they are great friendly dogs, and good dogs when around kids and keeping them as a house pet for sure!

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