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Basenji Breed Information

Group 4: Hounds - Sighthound

Energy Level: high

Original Function: sight/scent hunter

Temperament: Intelligent, independent, but affectionate and alert breed. Can be aloof with strangers.

Characteristics: Barkless but not mute, its own special noise of mixture of a chortle and a yodel. Remarkable for its cleanliness in every way.

Recommended for: Dedicated handler who is willing to understand the breed.

Be Aware: Good fences needed to keep them in. Love to climb.

Lifespan: generally accepted as 12-14 yrs although some live to 16 -17 yrs


Ideal Height: Dogs - 43 cms (17 ins)
Bitches 40 cm (16 ins) at withers

Ideal weight: Dogs 11 kg (24 lbs)
Bitches 9.5 kg ( 21 lbs)

Colour: Pure black & white, red & white, black tan & white with tan melon pips & mask, black, tan & white. Brindle, red background with black stripes, the more clearly defined the stripes the better. The white should be on feet, chest & tail tip. White legs, blaze & white collar optional.

Coat: Short, Sleek & Fine.

General Appearance: Medium sized, lightly built, fine boned, wrinkled forehead, erect ears & curly tail which sits on it's back.


These ancient dogs are originally from Africa, for centuries the Basenji survived with the tribesmen of Zaire. They were valued for their guarding and hunting skills.
They didn't make their way to England and America until the latter parts of the 19th century.
They are an intelligent dog, and when trained with affection and discipline, they make lovely clean pets. They do not bark, but do yodel. The bitches, like wild dogs only come into season once a year. Although some can be climbers and some chewers they don't all love to climb and they don't all chew. Breeders recommend a fully fenced backyard for the basenjis safety as they have no road fear. It is also important that they are kept on lead around roads.

Grooming- easy to care for coat only needs a brush and a bath when necessary.

Exercise- need good vigorous daily exercise, to keep them fit.

Health- Good healthy breed but some may suffer from kidney problems, and colitis (inflammation of the large intestine). For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition


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