Group 4: Hounds – Sight hound
Male: 43 cm
Female: 40 cm
Male: 11 kg
Female: 9.5 kg

Energy Level:  High
Original Function: sight/scent hunter
Lifespan: 12 – 15 yrs

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

Note: Good fences are a must to keep them in.


About This Breed

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 females, 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 Basenji’s safety as they have no fear of traffic. Make sure to also keep them on a lead around roads.

General Characteristics

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

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.

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.

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).