Basenjis are small, graceful hounds instantly recognizable by their glistening short coat, tightly curled tail, and wrinkled forehead and expressive almond-shaped eyes that convey a variety of subtle, human-like emotions. Basenjis are a lovely sight at a standstill but more impressive yet at a fast trot, when they exhibit the long, smooth strides of a mini racehorse. And yes, it’s true, they don’t bark. But these clever hounds make their feelings known with an odd sound described as something between a chortle and a yodel.
A bored dog can be a destructive dog! He cannot be allowed to run loose for when he is on the trail of a rabbit or a squirrel, he has no thought for dangers like vehicular traffic. A stout fence or a strong leash will help him lead a happy life. From the first days of your partnership, you should firmly but gently insist that the puppy do your bidding. Correction should be immediate, consistent and strict but not harsh. Every Basenji puppy should have a crate. Crate training is essential in house training and can be a haven. It is always the safest place for your Basenji when you are out of the house or busy. Training classes will be an excellent way for you and your Basenji to form a lasting, satisfying bond as he settles into his rightful place in his “pack”—his family.
Did You Know?
The Basenji is a dog with fastidious, dainty habits, such as cleaning himself all over as does a cat; the basenji also lacks a doggy odor, contributing to his assets as a house dog.
The Basenji does not bark but does make yodeling noises. The Basenji is known as the "barkless dog".
The first specimens of the Basenji were brought from the source of the Nile as presents to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
The Basenji is also known for being quite independent and aloof at times. It is alert and careful with strangers, open and calm with friends, and loving and solicitous with children. When meeting strangers, the Basenji prefers to make the first overtures and should not be approached from behind.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & White||019|
|Black Tan & White||030|
|Brindle & White||059|
|Red & White||146|
|Black Brindle & White||021|
|Blue Cream & White||346|
|Cream & White||077|
|Mahogany & White||130|
|Sable & White||165|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|