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Breed Description


The basenji originating from Congo in Africa, is a small, short haired hunting dog. They appear higher from the leg compared to their length. The wrinkled head is proudly carried on a well arched neck and the tail is set high and curled. Elegant and graceful, the whole demeanor is one of poise and inquiring alertness. The balanced structure and the smooth musculature enable it to move with ease and agility.

Country of Origin:

Congo, Africa.

Size type:

Medium Dog Breeds


This remarkable breed acts in many ways like a cat. They clean themselves by licking their coat, do not bark, instead emitting a kind of yodel. They are independent dogs with minds of their own yet bond very closely with their handler and family and need to be in their company. The majority detests rain and cannot stand the cold or draughts.

Breed Group:

Hound dog breeds (AKC)
Sighthounds dog breeds (UKC)


The ideal shoulder-height is 43cm (17in) for dogs and 40cm (15 ½ in) for bitches.


Male: 10–12 kg
Female: 9–11 kg


To a degree these dogs can be trusted with children, provided the children do not invade the dog’s own domain, but they can never be considered real playmates for children. They are naturally reserved towards strangers and have a natural instinct to protect their handler. Contact with other dogs is usually no problem.

Do not forget that the origin of the Basenji is as a hunting dog for wild game so it is advisable to familiarize them with cats and other animals early on.


The coat is short-haired, dense and fine. Basenjis are usually red with white, but black with white, and black with tan and white (triple colored) are also permitted.

Not every country accepts those dogs having blends of colors with highlights.  


Groom occasionally with a coarse rubber brush or with a rubber glove. These dogs naturally keep themselves clean.


If the quest is for a perfectly obedient family dog, then look elsewhere than this breed. Basenjis are independent and head strong dogs which are not easy to train. Much is demanded of the trainer including considerable cunning to get this breed to listen and respond with the odd corrective measures.

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