Basenji – Things You NEED To Know

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Everything You Would Want to Know About Basenji


The Basenji, also famous as the” barkLess “dog, seems far from quiet. It’s a smart, clever, small African breed with a powerful prey drive and a never-ending energy supply. Although small in size, the Basenji is powerful and resolute. When tracking a scent, the Basenji is the happiest dog, which puts it at a higher risk of wandering off. Use its energy into dog activities, such as chasing, obedience, or lure coursing, instead of just letting this puppy roam free. Basenjis, needing a lot of fun and patience can be extremely stubborn and playful. This rare breed is not for the owner who is a beginner but read on to understand more about the unique Basenji if you are still up for the task.

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Basenji’s name is derived from the language of the Congo that means ‘village puppy.’ Basenjis were brought to the United States and Europe during the initial-to-mid-20th century, and then they were further evolved and refined.  Basenji stays a professional hunter and worker with a caring and loyal attitude from that time to this day.

The Basenji was described as one of the primitive breeds of house dogs and a genetically conflicting new species of the gray wolf through DNA studies. In ancient Egypt, the features of dogs with all the characteristics of the Basenji are engraved into stones.   In central Africa, when it became popular as the Congo dog, this breed has further evolved as a skilled hunting dog.

Basenjis demonstrate certain variations from new breeds, one of them is that the females only goes to heat once a year, from modern dog breeds.

Characteristics of Basenji

This barkless dog with his short hair, thin, toned body, alert stance, erect ears, and tightly curled tail over one hip, attracts many admirers. The wrinkled brows give him an expression that is quizzical and occasionally mischievous.

All that sounds appealing, but Basenji has an unusual temperament and attitude.   

Basenji is really smart, but he has got a competitive streak a mile high. He is unfamiliar with the term “willing to please,” used to characterize so many breeds. A Basenji will well know all the instructions you teach him, but it will still be in search of whether he actually executes them.

First of all, he might wonder and then comply, or he might conclude that there is seriously no reason to do the assigned task. Conversely, to seek your attention and get anything that they want, Basenjis utilize their intelligence. The people who own Basenji say their breed is excellent at teaching humans to pick up their house. Basenji will chew or eat anything if you leave out your stuff in their presence.   You will soon learn to protect your things by keeping them out of the grasp of these inquiring pets.

Basenji is considered not to bark, however, that does not mean that he’s quiet. His noises range from a lovely yodel to the hair-raising scream, and every dog’s normal growls, and whines.  

Basenji are escape artists as well. Even a barricaded yard cannot prevent a Basenji from going somewhere he really wants to go. Unmonitored time in a yard alone could mean your precious friend’s loss as he leaves to explore the world. You have to get him completely trained before bringing him home.

Training and other activities

Initial socialization and training are necessary for Basenjis. Like any other dog, if not properly socialized, they can become shy. They can also show this kind of behavior when exposed to many people, sounds, sights, and experiences, while they are young. 

  • Early socialization and training help to make sure, that the Basenji puppy becomes a well-rounded grown-up dog in the future. It is a great beginning to register your young Basenji in a customized training plan. It will also enable him to polish his communication skills by inviting guests over frequently and taking your Basenji to crowded parks, shops that allow pets, and on leisurely walks to meet neighbors.

  • Exercise can take all sorts of forms for dogs, from strolling around the neighborhood to taking him to the park and letting all the dogs roam around and play together.  

  • You can also introduce a toy that they can easily play with, including a stick or a ball. It will allow you to stay in 1 place and throw the ball or stick at random places so that your dog can run and get it back to you.

  • Train him, using constructive reinforcements that include nutritional incentives and praise, along with compassion and consistency.

  • The unfairly treated Basenji would actually become more rigid and less likely to make your offer. Your best option is to make it fun to keep training him. If there is something more interesting to pay attention to, Basenjis can establish selective listening.


The sleek, short coat of the Basenji needs very little grooming. Actually, this breed cleans itself, just like a cat, but you can still help with brushing once per week. They do not need a bath very often. In this breed, the usual doggy odor is not generally present and when it is shed, the fine fur is not very noticeable.

Moreover, as it hardly sheds at all, the Basenji can be considered hypoallergenic. However, in a dog’s dander and saliva, allergens are still present, so the response will depend on how reactive you are.

 Cut the Basenji’s nails to avoid breakage after one week or two and improve good oral hygiene by regularly brushing his teeth to avoid gum and teeth issues. Basenjis are known as sighthounds and they will chase everything they see moving. This poses a challenge to keep them in a yard since they are excellent at scaling and escaping over fences. I can guarantee that even an underwater electronic barrier cannot stop them.  You can feed Basenji two meals per day. Offer them half cup of dry dog food for every meal. Your Basenji’s needs depend upon its size, level of activity, age, and other factors. Talk to your vet immediately if you see any medical conditions.


Socialization is always necessary, particularly if your dog is going to be near children or other pets. Typically, they will be nice around other dogs, but they are going to track down cats and smaller animals they don’t know as part of the family. In general, Basenjis show reserved behavior for new individuals, but they will warm up to frequent tourists. Instead of young children who do not know the best way to handle a high-energy dog, they are perfect for families with older kids who can communicate with them properly. 

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