Basenji Breed Dogs are one of the unusual dogs which are originated in Zaire, in Central Africa. Here they were kept by native tribes, remaining essentially unknown elsewhere until a pair were imported to Britain in 1936. These were exhibited at the famous Crufts Dog Show the following year and caused a sensation. The breed was seen in the United States shortly afterwards, with the Basenji Club of America being formed here in 1942.
Origins: Zaire, Central Africa
Coat Type/Colour: Short; white, with red, black or black and tan
Height: 17 inch (43 cm)
Weight: 24 lb (10.9 kg)
Classification: Hound/small hound
Nature: Very active, obedient, friendly
The Basenji Dog is sometimes described as the Barkless Dog, but although it lacks the vocal range of other breeds, it is certainly not mute. It has a variety of calls, including a distinctive yodel, also described as a chortle. Basenjis should be offered green vegetables on a regular basis in addition to their normal diet and will also eat grass. For this reason, you must avoid using potentially harmful chemicals around the garden if you decide to keep this dog breed. They are very active dogs and need plenty of exercises, otherwise they will soon start to become obese.
In spite of coming from a tropical area, they are quite hardy. Their short coat, which can be red, black or black and tan, offset against white, is easy to keep in good condition with regular brushing. Alternatively, a hound glove can be used to give a good gloss to the coat. Basenjis will groom themselves rather like cats, licking their coats repeatedly.
Unfortunately, although Basenjis will live well alongside other pets, including cats and horses, they tend to disagree among themselves, and may have to be watched, at least until an order of dominance is established. Their breeding behaviour is different from that of other dog breeds because bitches only come into season once rather than twice a year. This is usually between August and November, which means that puppies are only likely to be available in the spring.