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Basenji Facts and Basenji Dog Breed Information

Updated on May 11, 2011

The Basenji Hound Dog is an Ancient dog breed that originated in central Africa thousands of years ago, where they were used as pack dogs for hunting animals and flushing out wild game. The Basenji hound dogs are often seen depicted on the sides of pharaohs’ tombs and used in other Egyptian art of the time era. Although the Basenji has been around since the ancient times, it wasn't until around the year of 1895 that these canines ever even made their way over to Great Britain. Later in United States during the early 1940s, the official Basenji Club of America was finally established.

The Basenjis Appearance

This Hounddog has a short sleek coat that is shiny and fine in texture. Basenjis are easy to groom canines, and their coats require little to minimal grooming, if any at all. The Basenji comes in coat color variations that range from black and white, red and white, tan and white, and black and tan. The Basenji has naturally large, pointed triangular ears that stand erect and straight up, carrying a similar appearance to that of a bat. The Basenji hound dog has a small semi-egg shaped head that is wrinkled between the ears and upper forehead. These canines have small dark almond shaped eyes and long lower jaw lines. Basenjis are a dog breed that has short tightly curled Q shaped tails that sit close to their bodies and upper thigh, sort of like the tail of a baby pig. This Hounddog is of a medium size with a body type that is lean with a subtly muscular athletic built to them. The Basenji has long legs and small waists.

Basenji Withers

Male Basenji dogs have withers that range roughly between 16 inches and 17 inches in height. Female Basenji dogs stand on withers that should lye from 15 inches to 16 inches tall.

Basenji Weight

Male Basenji hounds should weigh close to 24 pounds and 25 pounds. The Female Basenji hounds should weigh somewhere around 21 pounds to 23 pounds. Anything more or less is usually considered to be either unhealthy and overweight or underweight.

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Basenjis use their large erect, pricked ears to rid of extra body heat and cool down their overall body temperature in hot climates and weather. This is also why you may notice that many of the hounddog breeds that are depicted in ancient Egyptian artwork and sculptures have bat like ears similar to that of the Basenji dog breed.

The Basenji dogs make great house pets and can also make decent family pets as well. This Hounddog breed makes playful canine companions, in which need decent amounts of exercise considering their sizes. Usually a 30 to 45 minute daily jog, walk, or something along those lines will do just fine. Although, if you're looking for a good jogging or hiking partner Basenjis can also endure hefty amounts of exercise due to their high levels of stamina, but large sums of daily exercise with this hound dog breed is not a requirement.

The Basenji canines are a highly intelligent breed of dog, but they do need considerable levels of dog training starting from a young age. Like many Hounddog breeds, even though they are intelligent dogs, due to their independent and/or stubborn personalities and temperaments, Basenjis aren't always the easiest of dog breeds to train. The Basenji does however, do well when it comes to learning to hunt and does carry a few qualities similar to that of Gundogs. Basenjis tend to lack in areas of responding greatly towards obedience dog training.

The Basenji Dog - Basenji Hound Dog
The Basenji Dog - Basenji Hound Dog

Basenji Temperament and Dog Training

The Basenji dogs make great house pets and can also make decent family pets as well. This Hounddog breed makes playful canine companions, in which need decent amounts of exercise considering their sizes. Usually a 30 to 45 minute daily jog, walk, or something along those lines will do just fine. Although, if you're looking for a good jogging or hiking partner Basenjis can also endure hefty amounts of exercise due to their high levels of stamina, but large sums of daily exercise with this hound dog breed is not a requirement.

The Basenji canines are a highly intelligent breed of dog, but they do need considerable levels of dog training starting from a young age. Like many Hounddog breeds, even though they are intelligent dogs, due to their independent and/or stubborn personalities and temperaments, Basenjis aren't always the easiest of dog breeds to train. The Basenji does however, do well when it comes to learning to hunt and does carry a few qualities similar to that of Gundogs. Basenjis tend to lack in areas of responding greatly towards obedience dog training.

The Dog Who Couldn't Bark, Decided to Yodel Instead:

Believe it or not, Basenjis are a dog breed that actually can't even bark. Yes, you heard me correctly, the Basenji is the dog who cannot bark. These hounds can however yodel. Now, you're probably thinking, since when can dogs yodel? But it's true, Basenjis yodel instead of bark; their yodels sound oddly similar to the noises in which wolves and dingos make. The Basenji rarely yodels though, and they tend to only do it when they're upset or are in distress.

Basenji Health

The Basenji is generally a healthy breed of dog, but like most all purebred dog breeds Basenjis are prone various hereditary health concerns and conditions. Some of the hereditary conditions and diseases that the Basenji hounddog is at greater risk for developing include Progressive Retinal Atrophy or PRA, Fanconi Syndrome, adult dog blindness, Hemolytic Anemia or HA, hypothyroidism, and a few other hereditary health issues.

Basenji Life Span

The average Basenji hound dog lives a life span that usually runs to roughly between 14 years and 15 and a half years of age. A Basenji can however live longer or shorter life spans depending on the individual canine companions physical health, mental health, livelihood, and happiness.

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      Jobeth 

      3 years ago

      I've been loionkg for a post like this for an age

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      Greg 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the info on Basenji, I'm currently reserching the breed and posting info about it on my website www.terrierdigest.com/Basenji.html

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Miss Lil Atlants, I love this breed, If I ever get another dog it will be a Basenji. After having Trixie when I was a child. But we did not know that she was Basenji or part Basenji.

      Thanks for all the info, voting up and awesome

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      I adore dogs and for the first time ever do not have a dog and I really having one.

      Our landlord doesn't allow dogs because the last people to live here wrecked the place.

      In my book there are no bad dogs simply bad owners.

      However not having a dog does not stop me from reading hubs such as this one.

      As I began to read I was thinking 'I'm sure that this breed does not bark' and your final paragraph confirmed this.

      I have also learnt many other facts about them.

      I push all the buttons and vote up here.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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