The Basenji is the oldest dog breed in the world. The origin of this breed dates back to Central Africa, which is why it is also commonly known as the Congolese dog. The Basenji is also famous for the fact that this breed does not bark, but instead produces a kind of howl that resembles singing. Used by the ancient Egyptians for hunting and tracking prey, the Basenji was also worshiped by the pharaohs, who usually received these dogs as gifts. This is why you can see several portraits of Basenjis on the pyramids.
The Basenji is a small to medium sized dog. She is quickly recognized by her slender body with high thin legs, pointed vertical ears, piercing eyes and a tail curled over her back. In addition, it is a hypoallergenic breed with a short, shiny and soft coat.
You probably have a question: why don’t Basenjis bark? The answer lies in the vocal cords. They are thinner than those of other dogs, and therefore they emit such a special howl, reminiscent of singing.
The most common Basenji color scheme is red and white, but there are also black and white specimens, as well as black, white and cinnamon.
The origins of the Basenji date back more than 5,000 years ago to Central Africa, where it was used as a hunting and tracking dog using its superior skills. She was also the favorite dog of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and is believed to have only come to Europe during the Victorian era.
Males: 10-12 kg.
Females: 9-11 kg.
From 12 to 16 years.
Males: 41-43 cm.
Females: 38-41 cm.
Another very interesting fact about Basenjis: the nature of these dogs is very similar to that of cats. Basenjis are capable of climbing trees and fences, like members of the cat family. The breed is also distinguished by its independent temperament, curiosity, vigilance and self-confidence. Basenjis are also very quiet and reserved dogs towards strangers, but are affectionate towards their own. They are actually quite playful and energetic dogs and are also highly intelligent. It is worth paying attention to the fact that they can be very stubborn.
One of the benefits of owning a Basenji is that it is a dog that has almost no odor, and it also has a trait that is common in cats, namely the habit of grooming itself every day. For this reason, she only needs one or two brushings a week and bathing when dirty (using a special shampoo for delicate skin, since Basenjis tend to have very sensitive skin).
Being an energetic dog, the Basenji also needs exercise outside the home (at least an hour a day). It is also important that she has the opportunity to interact with other dogs and people from puppyhood.
The Basenji has a tendency to become overweight, so it is necessary to control the amount of food and adapt it to the age and weight of your pet.