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Basenji vs Rat Terrier Comparison – Which dog is better Congo Dog or American Rat Terrier?

"Find similarities and differences between Basenji vs Rat Terrier" Compare Basenji and Rat Terrier. Which is better: Basenji or Rat Terrier?
Name Basenji Rat Terrier
OriginsDemocratic Republic of the Congo United States
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank8497
Reviews21
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Other Names Congo Dog, Congo Terrier, African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog, Ango Angari, Zande Dog American Rat Terrier, Ratting Terrier, Decker Giant, RT, Rat, Rattie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1944 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Primitive type section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition No data available American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
Which is cheaper Basenji or Rat Terrier? Which is more expensive? What is the difference in price between Basenji and Rat Terrier?
$1000-$1200 $300-$500

Basenji vs Rat Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger Basenji or Rat Terrier?
Medium Small
Weight
Which is heavier Basenji or Rat Terrier?
Male: 22-26 pounds (10-12 kg), Female: 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg) Standard: 12-35 pounds (5.5-16 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 24 pounds (11 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg) Standard: 23.5 pounds (5.10.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller Basenji or Rat Terrier?
Male: 16-17 inches (41-43 cm), Female: 15-16 inches (38-41 cm) Standard: 14-23 inches (35.5-58.5 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 16.5 inches (42 cm), Female: 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) Standard: 18.5 inches (35.5-58.5 cm)

Basenji vs Rat Terrier Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types Fine Dense
Shiny
Colors White
Brindle
Tan
Red
Black
Tan
Brown
White
Blue
Tricolor
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Basenji requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rat Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Basenjis shed none to minimal.
Rat Terriers shed above average.

Basenji vs Rat Terrier Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Curious
Playful
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Affectionate
Inquisitive
Loving
Alert
Lively
Intelligent Rank
Low: The Basenji if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Smart: Rat Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Basenjis are easy to train.
Rat Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Basenjis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Rat Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Basenjis have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Basenjis may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Rat Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Basenjis are kinda antisocial.
Rat Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low: The Basenji barks none to minimal.
Average: The Rat Terrier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Basenjis are one of the best watchdogs.
Rat Terriers are average watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Basenjis are average defenders.
Rat Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Basenji has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rat Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Basenjis have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rat Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Basenjis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Rat Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Basenjis have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Rat Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Basenji kutyafajtát.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Rat Terrier fajta.
Adaptability
Basenjis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Rat Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Basenji or Rat Terrier?
Basenjis handle alone time quite well.
Rat Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Basenji vs Rat Terrier Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Basenjis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Rat Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Basenjis are kid-friendly dogs.
Rat Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Basenjis are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Rat Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Basenjis are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rat Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Basenji is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rat Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Basenjis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rat Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Basenjis usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Rat Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is best for first time owners: Basenji vs Rat Terrier?
Yes
Basenjis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Rat Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Basenji breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rat Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Basenji vs Rat Terrier Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Basenji is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Rat Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No data available Eye Problems
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 15-18 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Basenjis are high energy dogs.
Rat Terriers are high energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Basenjis need quite a lot of exercise.
Rat Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Basenjis don't need too much sleep.
Rat Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. No data available
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Low
The Basenji has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rat Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Basenji is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Rat Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Basenji vs Rat Terrier Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-5 puppies 5-7 puppies

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