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Basenji Dog

Basenji Dog Facts

Common NameBasenji Dog
Average Size41cm (16in)
Average Weight11kg (24lbs)
Average Lifespan12 years
GroupSouth Hound
ColourBrown, Tan, Black, White, Gold
Average Litter Size5
TemperamentAffectionate, intelligent and playful
TrainingShould 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.