Country of Origin: Central Africa
Life Span: 12 – 14 years
Bred For: hunting small game
Coat: Short and smooth
Color: Black, red, black and tan, or brindle, standard calls for white feet, chest and tail tips. Some have white legs, blaze and collar.
Height: Male: 17
Weight: Male: 24lb Female: 22lb
The basenji breed is one of the earliest dog breeds, discovered inhabiting the African Congo with pigmy huntsmen. The aboriginal clans employed the dogs as group hunters, pushing prey into nets, frequently donning a big bell. Early on efforts to get the dogs to England in the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds were foiled, because all the dogs died of distemper. In 1929 a couple of dogs were successfully brought to England and became the base along with future imported dog breeds from the Congo and Sudan of the breed outside of Africa. The title basenji means bush thing. The first imported Basenji dogs drew a great deal of attention, and shortly afterwards, these dogs were brought back the Americas. The basenji kept a few primitive features, most notably its deficiency in barking ability and its annual, instead of twice annual estrus cycle.
A basenji does not bark, but they chortle and yodel. They are smart, curious, bullheaded, independent, and restrained. They’re frequently described as catlike.
This breed needs daily intellectual and physical exercise or they’re likely to misbehave. Coat care for this breed is nominal, comprising of merely casual grooming to get rid of dead hair.
Health concerns with basenji are Fanconi syndrome, basenji enteropathy, and PRA. Suggested test for this breed is eyes. Lifespan 12 to 14 years