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The Basenji Dog Breed Facs And Info

Jun 13, 2008
If you are looking for a dog that isn't noisy, then the Basenji is for you. This dog breed actually does not bark! They also make great pets because they are so affectionate, playful and smart.

The Basenji is a very old dog breed. It is at least five thousand years old! Proof of their existence has been found in Egyptian tombs as well as wall drawings. In 1934, the Basenji was brought to Europe where it became very popular. Breeders in Europe refined the breed and began to export it to many other places around the world. Today, the dog has many uses. Some people use it as a pack hunting dog for small game. It is even used as a guide in Africa where it warns people of dangerous animals. The Basenji is also called the Congo Dog.

The Basenji is rather small and muscular. It is a short haired dog that has a shiny, smooth coat of either red, black and brindle, black and tan, or copper. Most Basenjis have white feet and white on the chest. The average weight is 24 pounds. Even though the dog does not bark, it does make other sounds such as a howl, yodel, growl and a crow.

This breed has an excellent temperament. It is very affectionate, playful, alert, energetic and curious. It is also very intelligent and does well with training. The Basenji is very eager to please and often forms strong bonds with its owners. However, they can be somewhat shy with strangers.

Even though Basenjis are usually patient, they shouldn't be trusted with small children. They do better with older children that are more careful and considerate. They also do not do well with animals of other species. Only keep them with other dogs. Basenjis love to be kept in groups of two or three, so you might want to get a few Basenjis to keep each other company.

Another great thing about this breed is how clean they are. If you have allergies this dog would be great for you. The Basenji cleans itself just like a cat does so you do not have to do much grooming. It also doesn't have a dog smell and doesn't shed!

Even though this breed is very quiet, that does not mean that it is inactive. This dog is very active and energetic. It loves to play and needs plenty of exercise. You will need to provide exercise for this dog every day. If the Basenji does not get the activity it needs, it will become fat and lazy. If you live in an apartment, just be sure you take the dog out every day for walks.

The Basenji is very prone to developing a kidney problem called Fanconi's syndrome. As soon as the dog gets the symptoms of this condition, it must be treated. Make sure you take the dog to the vet regularly. Many Basenjis also have eye and intestinal problems.

If you are interested in getting a Basenji, just be sure that you understand how active this dog is. You must be able to provide the exercise this dog needs. Basenjis make wonderful pets and can even be kept by people with allergies.
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