Known as the "barkless dog from Africa", the Basenji is a non-shedding, sturdy, small dog that loves people. Although they are known to be silent much of the time, they may "yodel" or make other noises to get your attention. When raised with respectful children, they make fine family pets. Care should be taken when leaving one alone in a traditional chain-link fenced yard, as they have no trouble climbing one!
Grooming: This non-shedding dog needs brushings occasionally. Very low maintenance.
Social Skills: Basenjis get along with other dogs. Small household pets such as cats could be a problem due to their hunting instincts. Socializing early may help.
Personality: Very affectionate, playful and love attention. Generally are barkless making them quiet, however, they can make sounds.
Children: Very good with older respectful children.
Housing: Very active, will need room to exercise, and run. High fenced in areas are ideal for them. They are known to be escape artists and can climb traditional chain-link fences.
Exercise: High. Needs lots of exercise.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily - begin early training. Train with positive reinforcement.
Health: Fanconi syndrome, progressive retinal atrophy, umbilical hernia, hypothyroidism. More information on Basenji inherited health disorders.
History: Basenjis are an ancient breed whose origin is possibly Egypt via Egyption artifacts, however, their identity history is from Central Africa when civilization was in its infancy. Basenjis were first noticed in 1890's living with tribesmen in the Congo. These tribes valued their courage, intelligence and hunting skills without human direction. Today, Basenjis still fullfil their traditional hunting tasks in Africa. Successful breeding programs have been in place now since 1937 and Basenjis have become popular companion and show dogs.