Basenji Mix

Canis lupus familiaris

Last updated: December 15, 2022
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff
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Basenji Mix Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

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Basenji Mix Facts

Diet
Omnivore

Basenji Mix Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Tan
  • Brindle
  • Multi-colored
Skin Type
Fur
Top Speed
2 mph
Venomous
No
Aggression
Medium

Basenji Mix as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Silent
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Separation Anxiety
Moderate
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
High
Friendly With Other Dogs
Moderate
Pure bred cost to own
The price of a purebred basenji can be $800-$2,500. The annual cost of maintaining this breed is about $650.
Dog group
Hound
Male weight
20-24 lbs
Female weight
20-23 lbs

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Basenji Mix Introduction

The basenji is an ancient breed of hound dog that appears in artwork from ancient Egypt and Babylon and may have been one of the first types of dogs domesticated by human beings. They were rediscovered by explorers in the 19th century in the Congo region of Africa where they were kept by the indigenous people as hunters, guard dogs, and companions. Bred to hunt and track, basenjis are noted for making an unusual yodeling noise rather than barking, for being independent-minded escape artists, for being somewhat difficult to train, and as good pets for children.

Basenjis have been bred with a variety of other breeds to create mixes with desirable appearances and temperaments. Some of the most popular breeds they have been combined with are the Beagle, American Eskimo, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, Welsh Corgi, and German Shepherd. Hybrid dogs will have some of the characteristics of each parent, but the exact way these will manifest in an individual puppy may differ considerably. People considering buying a basenji mix should get to know as much as they can about both parent breeds in general, as well as the specific characteristics of the individual dogs who produced the puppy.

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The 21 different types of Basenji Mixes

There are many different types of basenji mixes, but here are 21 of the most popular:

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  • Basenji + Beagle = Baseagle.
  • Basenji + American Eskimo = Eskenji.
  • Basenji + Chihuahua = Chisenji
  • Basenji + Great Dane mix Great Dasenji.
  • Basenji + Labrador Retriever = Labrasenji.
  • Basenji + Welsh Corgi = Corsengi.
  • Basenji + German Shepherd = German Shepenji
  • Basenji + Whippet = Whippenji
  • Basenji + American Pit Bull Terrier = Pitsenji
  • Basenji + Boxer = Boxerji
  • Basenji + Poodle = Basenjipoo
  • Basenji + Shiba Inu = Shibenji
  • Basenji + Border Collie = Border Basenji
  • Basenji + Akita = Akita Basenji
  • Basenji + Australian Cattle Dog = Basenji Heeler
  • Basenji + Cocker Spaniel = Cocker Spanenji
  • Basenji + Greyhound = Greysenji
  • Basenji + Italian Greyhound = Italian Greysenji
  • Basenji + Jack Russell Terrier = Jack Basenji
  • Basenji + Saluki = Basenji Saluki mix
  • Basenji + Rat Terrier = Basenji Rat Terrier mix

Basenji Mix Fun Fact

“They combine the best features of ancient basenjis with more modern breeds.”

3 pros and cons of owning Basenji Mixes

Pros!Cons!
Low Maintenance coat
Their short fur requires very little care besides occasional brushing and bathing. Very easy to care for.
They can be escape artists.
Basenjis are remarkably adept escape artists. They must be kept on a leash at all times outdoors and can escape from fenced yards and will ignore electronic fences. Your mix may retain this characteristic.
Playful and kid-friendly!
This is an alert, energetic, and playful breed of dog. They adore children and will do very will with young ones of any age, though of course parents should always provide proper supervision.
Challenging to train.
Basenjis are notably stubborn and resistant to training. Owners must have a great deal of patience and may need professional expertise to achieve the results they would like for their pet.
Apartment and travel-sized
Basenji mixes that have been combined with other small dogs do well in apartments and are easy to travel with. They should not be left alone for long periods of time, though, because they will get stressed and start howling and chewing things.
Barkless, but not silent.
Basenjis are often called “barkless” dogs because they make a howling yodel sound rather than barking. However, they also scream as well as growling and whining like other dogs.

The Best Dog Food For Basenji Mixes

When considering a dog food for your basenji mix, look for a high quality brand that is not made with cheap fillers and artificial ingredients. Investing more in your dog’s nutrition while he or she is young will pay off in the long run with a healthier, happier animal with less need for expensive medical attention.

Basenjis are an energetic breed and the same is often true for hybrid breeds as well. It’s especially important to feed them a diet high in good quality sources of protein. A-Z Animals recommends Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Adult Dry Dog Food. It’s available in beef, chicken, lamb or fish with healthy brown rice, garden vegetables, and fruit. It includes no poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives. It has a scientific blend of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals formulated for the needs of each stage of your dog’s life.

Basenji Mix Size and Weight

In the table below, replace the grey example text with the average height (in inches) and weight (in pounds) of males and females of this breed:

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Height (Male)15.5-17” Tall
Height (Female)15.5-17” Tall
Weight (male)20-24.5 lbs, fully grown
Weight (female)22-23 lbs, fully grown

Basenji Mix Common Health Issues

Health issues for your basenji mix may include some problems common to basenji purebreds and those of your dog’s other parent breed. These are difficult to anticipate because there are so many different types of hybrids and it is unpredictable in any given dog which characteristics and problems will be inherited from each side of its heritage.

Owners and vets should be on the lookout for these common basenji health issues as well as researching those that are common with its other parent breed as well.

Basenji Mix Temperament and Behavior

Basenji mixes have variable temperaments depending on the breed they are mixed with, but basenjis themselves are noted as intelligent, affectionate and highly alert. They are excellent hunting dogs with a strong prey instinct and will energetically chase other animals, including cats. If raised with cats and other pets from puppyhood, they can be trained not to chase them, but likely will always chase animals that are not part of their household.

They are independent-minded to the point of stubbornness. Owners can be frustrated when their dog does not immediately obey, but thinks about which commands it wants to perform. Basenjis are smart enough to concoct escape plans and ways to get up on counters or other places in the house where they are not allowed. Owners will enjoy their basenji mix best if they are able to meet the dog halfway and have a sense of humor about the mischief they can get into.

How To Take Care of Basenji Mixes

Basenji dog smiling at the camera
Purebred basenjis have short hair and are considered a hypoallergenic breed. Their coats come in red, black, tricolor (black, chestnut and white), or brindle (black stripes on a chestnut background).

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Basenji Mix Maintenance and Grooming

Purebred basenjis have short hair and are considered a hypoallergenic breed. Their coats come in red, black, tricolor (black, chestnut and white), or brindle (black stripes on a chestnut background). All of them have white chests and stomachs. Many also have white on their legs, on the center of their faces between their eyes, or a white marking around the neck. Mixes bring in more varieties of hair colors and patterns, and the possibility of wavy fur. Remember that basenjis are from a warm African climate, so they do not tolerate cold well. Don’t leave them outside too long icold weather. They also don’t like rain and will be grumpy if you insist on walking them on a rainy day.

Basenjis do shed but not very much. They also lick themselves clean like cats, so they do not require a lot of grooming. Lightly brushing your dog or wiping them with a cloth once a week is sufficient to groom them. Another great feature of basenjis is that they don’t have a “dog smell.” Just give them a bath every few months as needed depending on how messy the dog’s outdoor play has been. This advice may not apply if your basenji mix is descended a high-shedding parent.

Owners should make sure to clip their dog’s nails on a regular basis. As a general rule, if you can hear the dog’s nails clicking on a tile floor, they’re overdue for a trimming. Be sure to check their ears for infection and parasites as well, and brush their teeth frequently. Poor dental hygiene is a leading cause of health issues in dogs as they get older, and it’s easy to prevent.

Basenji Mix Training

Basenji mixes, like all breeds, should be trained and socialized with people and animals from an early age. Dogs that are not exposed to different situations, people, and experiences can become timid adults.

Basenjis are very intelligent but difficult to train. They are often stubborn and resist learning new commands. Even after learning them, they may take their time thinking about whether to obey and it’s anyone’s guess what they will decide. Harsh training methods do not work; they only reinforce the dog’s resistance. The best approach is one using positive reinforcements such as praise, a favorite toy, or small food treats. It also helps to keep the training interesting as the dog may just ignore you when they get bored.

Basenjis have strong instincts to chase prey and are ingenious about escaping from fenced enclosures. They can climb chain link fences and fit through small spaces. It’s best always to keep them on a leash and supervised when you let them outdoors, and put careful thought and effort into how to fence your yard to contain such a clever dog.

Basenji Mix Exercise

Basenjis are hunting dogs that are highly energetic and need daily exercise. Some may do fine with a daily walk, while others may need a more vigorous workout. Their tendency to try to escape and their love of chewing things when they are frustrated provides a good incentive for you to wear these little guys out with lots of running and playing. They enjoy agility activities, fetch, and puzzles that require some thought as well as physical activity.

Basenjis and mixes are considered to be among the best breeds for apartment or condo life because they are relatively quiet, low-shedding, and self-grooming. If their exercise needs are not met outdoors every day, however, they will zoom around your living space and can become destructive.

Basenji Mixes and Children

Basenji mixes do very well with children, especially when raised with them from puppyhood and properly trained and socialized. They are high energy dogs that can knock over smaller children during enthusiastic play, so they should be well-supervised until they and the children learn how to behave with one another.

Dogs similar to Basenji Mixes

Here are some dogs similar to the basenji you might want to check out:

  •  Welsh Corgi – Corgis are usually smaller than basenjis and they tolerate cold weather better. Both are outstanding choices for families with children and with other dogs.
  •  Jack Russell Terrier – This breed is about the same size as a basenji but sheds more and is not as easy to groom. Jack Russells are healthier overall, but also have more of a problem with weight gain.
  •  Shiba Inu – Very similar in temperament to the basenji, but is not as kid- and dog- friendly. Shiba Inus also shed quite a bit.

Famous Basenji Mixes

Some famous people who have owned basenjis include:

  • King Farouk of Egypt
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
  • Kelsey Grammer, star of the TV series “Frasier”

Think about these Congolese names for a male Basenji mix:

  • Yudi
  • Kijani
  • Kabu
  • Samba
  • Tuti

Here are some Congolese names to think about for a female basenji mix:

  • Mona
  • Ani
  • Kamia
  • Yawo
  • Nsona

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I'm a freelance writer and a lifelong animal lover. I've traveled the world, but the high point for me was riding an elephant in Nepal. Currently I'm an "Emotional Support Human" to 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 3 guinea pigs. My favorite wild animal is the quokka, the most selfie-friendly animal in the world.

Basenji Mix FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much does a Basenji mix cost to own?

The price of a purebred basenji can be $800-$2,500. The price of a mix depends on the type of mix, but is likely to be in a similar range. The annual cost of maintaining a basenji mix is about $650.

Is a Basenji mix good with kids?

Yes, the basenji mix is a calm dog that is loving and gentle with children.

How long does a Basenji mix live?

A basenji mix lives to about 13 years old.

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