What Is A Basenji? The African Barkless Dog
What Is A Basenji?
The Basenji is a smaller medium sized dog breed of Central African origin, related to the Dingo, that has come to be known as the " barkless dog" because it produces a yodel like sound instead of barking.
Basenjis are typically around 16 inches tall, weigh 25 pounds or so, and usually come in red, black,tricolor, and brindle.
They are energetic, playful,aloof, curious, and is considered by some to be one of the least trainable dogs.
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More About The Basenji
The Basenji is usually an alert, affectionate, curious and somewhat aloof dog breed. It is not uncommon for them to become very attached to one person, and although not overly unfriendly, they usually want to deal with strangers on their own terms. Many Basenjis do not do well with other pets who are not canine.
Basenjis have a strong prey drive, and are very curious. It is common for a Basenji to stand on it's hind legs (either by itself, or by leaning up against something) when it is interested in something. They are considered part of the hound group by The American Kennel Club (AKC), and were, like many dogs, bred to be hunters. It is said by some that the reason they don't bark is that barkier dog in Central Africa were killed off because a barking dog could lead enemies to their owner's village.
Basenjis dislike wet weather, are great climbers and usually do better with an older, more considerate handler or owner. They are probably not a great dog for those with small children.
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