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Basenji Dog

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Basenji Dog Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Basenji Dog
The area where the animal first came from
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
41cm (16in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
11kg (24lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
12 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
South Hound
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Brown, Tan, Black, White, Gold
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Affectionate, intelligent and playful
The level of house-training needed for the animal
Should be trained from an early age as their independent nature can make them stubborn

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Basenji Dog

The Basenji is alert, affectionate, energetic, and curious. It loves to play and makes a good pet, as long as it is handled regularly from an early age and the owners are very patient. It is very intelligent. It can be reserved with strangers.

The Basenji is somewhat aloof, but can also form strong bonds with people. It should not be trusted with noncanine pets. It is usually patient, but does best with older considerate children. The Basenji dislikes wet weather. The breed likes to climb and can easily get over chain wire fences, though not all Basenjis climb - this depends on the individual.

Basenjis are very clever at getting their own way. The Basenji has the unique properties of not barking (it makes a low, liquid ululation instead) and cleaning itself like a cat. It can be described as speedy, frisky, tireless at play, and teasing the owner into play. Most Basenji problems usually involve a mismatch between owner and pet. The owners mistake the adjective quiet to mean inactive instead of noiseless, thus, they become harassed by an active, though relatively silent, dog.

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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