The Basenji is originally an African hunting dog with special characteristics, which is known for the fact that it cannot bark. However, he does make a special sound when he is cheerful: a kind of yodeling wolf howl. It is a stable, calm, intelligent and curious dog who is nevertheless energetic, playful, confident and alert. Affectionate or independent? This unique breed finds a perfect, balanced middle. However, he is rather reserved with strangers. Like a cat, the Basenji pays close attention to hygiene and licks itself very often. In addition, like a cat, he has no body odor and does not like water.
A Basenji is elegant and lightly built and seems made to serve as a companion to aristocratic families. Characteristic are also his wrinkled forehead and his tight curly tail. He also has erect ears. The Basenji’s short, smooth, hard coat takes on different colors: red and white, black and white (with or without red mask) or brindle. Its tail, chest and feet are always white. The height at the withers of this stubborn, feline dog is between 40 and 43 cm, with males being the tallest as usual. The weight varies between 9 and 11 kg.
The name ‘Basenji’ means ‘forest thing’. It is therefore one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. In appearance they closely resemble the dogs depicted by the Egyptians in ancient wall paintings. Despite the fact that these feline dogs take good care of themselves, it’s a good idea to brush their coat every now and then. Basenjis require an experienced owner. Their upbringing can be challenging, but with a consistent, patient, understanding yet determined approach, they certainly succeed! Then they are even ideal dogs to participate in dog races. With proper care, Basenjis can easily live between 12 and 16 years of age.
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