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Basenji Dog Breed Quick Facts

Should You get a Basenji?

1. The Basenji is believed to be one of the oldest domesticated breeds in the world. The name is African and means ‘dogs of the villagers’. It was not introduced into Europe until 1860 when it was brought to England by Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer.

2. The Basenji can be stubborn but once it gets an idea of what you want from it, it will be easier to work with them on other tasks. The CBARQ study from the University of Pennsylvania gives the Basenji a trainability score of 17.1%. Basenji owners rated their dogs as not easy to train.

3. Basenji’s are very curious and can be mischievous around the house, pulling things from shelves or counters. This breed requires lots of exercise because it is so active. It has a lot of energy and loves to play, but it also needs mental stimulation in order to prevent boredom.

4. In AKC dog running competitions, the average speed of a Basenji was 23.8 mph. The fastest running time was clocked at 30.83 mph! These dogs can run!

5. The Basenji is known as a very clean breed-almost cat-like and will use the bathroom in one area of the house, making housebreaking rather easy. They are always grooming themselves and may like sitting in high places-like cats.


6. Basenji’s are relatively healthy but some health concerns are:

Autoimmune thyroiditis

Basenji Night Blindness

Fanconi syndrome

Hip Dysplasia

7. Research has shown the Basenji has a dog-rivalry score of 79.7 %. They also score high on aggression towards other dogs. They may be high in this area because they also rate very high in their fear strangers and other dogs.

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8. Because of their flat larynxes, Basenji’s do not vocalize like other dogs. They can yodel, scream, whimper and whine and can produce some rather interesting sounds!

9. Basenjis are sighthounds and if a small animal catches their attention-they will chase. It is their instinct-they have a strong prey drive.

10. Basenjis use a double suspension gallop when they run. Most dogs have one foot touching the ground when they run, but Basenji’s, like Greyhounds and Whippets have all four paws off the ground. This is one of the reasons they can run so fast!

Take a Fun Basenji Quiz!

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