Published on November 28, 2016
1. What Is A Basenji? The Basenji is a smaller medium sized dog breed of Central African origin, related to the Dingo, that has come to be known as the " barkless dog" because it produces a yodel like sound instead of barking. Basenjis are typically around 16 inches tall, weigh 25 pounds or so, and usually come in red, black,tricolor, and brindle. They are energetic, playful,aloof, curious, and is considered by some to be one of the least trainable dogs. More About The Basenji basenjiThe Basenji is usually an alert, affectionate, curious and somewhat aloof dog breed. It is not uncommon for them to become very attached to one person, and although not overly unfriendly, they usually want to deal with strangers on their own terms. Many Basenjis do not do well with other pets who are not canine. Basenjis have a strong prey drive, and are very curious. It is common for a Basenji to stand on it's hind legs (either by itself, or by leaning up against something) when it is interested in something. They are considered part of the hound group by The American Kennel Club (AKC), and were, like many dogs, bred to be hunters. It is said by some that the reason they don't bark is that barkier dog in Central Africa were killed off because a barking dog could lead enemies to their owner's village. Basenjis dislike wet weather, are great climbers and usually do better with an older, more considerate handler or owner. They are probably not a great dog for those with small children. For Even More Info On The Basenji For more information on the Basenji, we recommend the following: The American Kennel Club Basenji University Basenji Owners and Breeders Association Considering A New Dog For Your Home? If you are considering a new pet for your home, then consider this...there are literally MILLIONS of homeless dogs and cats that need a good home, and will give you years of love in return. . If you are looking for a certain breed, or a designer dog, they are available too. Yes, adopting a pet can be a serious pain in the patootie, and the process you have to go through might make you think you are applying for a job at the CIA, but the good folks at your local dog rescue are just trying to assure that once adopted, the dog will stay adopted and in a loving home. No, you can't just walk in and pay your money like the pet store at the mall, but then again, you won't be supporting your local puppy mill. Very concise and important information for those considering adding a Basenji to their family. They certainly sound like they have their own personality traits bred in and they do what they do well but that part about being among the least trainable breeds is important along with not caring for other pets or young children.