Origin Zaire
Classification Hound
Height 38-43cm / 15-17in
Weight 9-11kg / 20-25lb
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Exercise High
Easily Trainable Challenging
Watchdog Fair
Good with Children Medium
Good with Other Animals No
Indoor / Outdoor Living Indoor
Grooming Weekly
Feeding Normal Diet
Size Medium

Basenji Description

Basenjis are a small to medium sized breed of dog with smooth, glossy coats and a wrinkled forehead. Their tails are reminiscent of a piglet’s tail being tightly curled and carried high over their back. They have a wedge shaped face and are a finely boned dog. Colours available are black, red, copper, tan and brindle. The Basenji generally has white paws with a white chest and tail-tip.

Basenji Character

The Basenji is a unique dog in the fact that it does not bark instead it produces a variety of yodelling sounds. They are highly intelligent but are also spirited and quite an anxious dog which makes training them a challenge. Essentially bred to hunt they still possess a high prey drive and so are not good with other animals. The Basenji is happy with a normal diet but will also scrounge and steal any leftovers left lying around, they enjoy their food! They are very affectionate and playful but do need careful handling around children. They are a fearless breed of dog and will ‘tackle’ much bigger dogs than themselves.

Please note: This is only a guide.

You must contact a breeder club, read relevant literature and even contact vets to understand the full requirements of this breed.

Please ensure your lifestyle, home and family are suited to this particular breed and you fully understand the requirements needed to give the dog the life it deserves.