Home » Home and Family » Pets

Basenji - Dog Breeds - Facts And Info Every Owner Should Know

Jul 21, 2008
We begin this article with the basic facts about the breed, then follow up with an in-depth look at their personality.

Breed group: Hounds

Weight: male: 24, female: 22 lbs

Height: male: 17, female 16 inches

Overview

This breed is originally from Africa, but more specifically Egypt as drawings of these dogs were found in tombs and on walls. These drawings date back about 5000 years ago. The Basenji is also known as the Congo Dog, and was brought to Europe during 1934. In England this breed was developed more, and from there exported to the rest of the world. English breeders refined this breed and then exported it all over the world. These dogs are used in Africa as forest guides, and also to warn people against the advance of dangerous animals.

Temperament

This breed is very attentive, and loves to play. They are however not recommended for someone with no previous dog ownership experience.

These dogs tend to become involved in destructive behaviour if they are left alone for too long, and will need proper training to change this behaviour. The Basenji is a very patient dog that also gets along well with children. It is advised that they are socialised early on as this will prevent the tendency to fight with other dogs.

Care

The Basenji is very much like a cat in the sense that it likes to clean itself. This breed sheds little to no hair, but will require some grooming in order for the coat to stay in a good condition. These dogs should be brushed on an occasional basis with a firm hair brush to remove loose and dead hairs. In general the Basenji is not a very high maintenance dog.

Training

If you are looking for a very obedient dog, the Basenji is not the right choice. This dog is particularly stubborn and independent - making them difficult to train. Basenjis should be socialised from an early age onwards to stop any destructive behaviour from forming, or if they are to be raised in a home with children and other animals. Obedience training is crucial for this breed, as they are very energetic. The training regime should be varied; otherwise this breed will get bored very quickly. For the best results the training environment should be consistent and firm.

Health problems

The Basenji has a tendency to suffer from Fanconi's syndrome, which is a problem with the kidneys. This condition should be treated as soon as the symptoms are noticed. This breed is also at risk of progressive retinal atrophy, intestinal, and eye problems.
About the Author
Get more info and advice on the Basenji or Basenji training visit this dog breeds web page.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 156
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources