Meet The Basenji

April 27, 2015

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The Basenji is a small-medium breed of hunting dog that was bred from stock originating in central Africa. These pooches are excellent as watchdogs.

Origin

The AKC recognizes the Basenji as one of the most ancient of dog breeds originating on the continent of Africa.

Basenji-like dogs have lived with humans for thousands of years and the canines resembling modern Basenjis can be seen on stelae in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, sitting at the feet of their masters, looking just as they do today.

They were originally kept for hunting small game by tracking and driving the game into nets.

Description

Basenjis are small to medium, short-haired dogs with erect ears, a tightly curled tail and a graceful neck. They typically weigh from 20 to 24 lb (9.1 to 11 kg), while the average height goes from 16 to 18 inches (41–46 cm) at the shoulder.

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Extremely athletic, balanced and deceptively powerful for their size, Basenjis are also graceful, loyal, intelligent and quite confident. They come in a few different color combinations: red, black, tricolor, and brindle, and they all have white feet, chest and tail tip.

Since these watchdogs are rather alert and reserved with strangers, they need to be socialized when young.

Pros

  • excellent watchdog
  • adaptable
  • trainable
  • loyal
  • loving

Cons

  • not too cat/dog friendly
  • can suffer from PRA (progressive retinal atrophy)

Should I adopt/buy a Basenji?

If you are looking for a small/medium sized watchdog that will be extremely loyal to you, the Basenji is definitely the pooch for you.

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