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Basenji Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Basenji so you can get to know the breed more.

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Basenji
OriginDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Other Names
What other names does the Basenji have? The dog breed also known as...
Congo Dog, Congo Terrier, African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog, Ango Angari, Zande Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Basenji recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1944 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Basenji recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Primitive type section.
Price
How much does the Basenji puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Basenji price:
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Basenji, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Basenji for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Basenji gets to a happy place.

Basenji General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Basenji size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Basenji weigh? Basenji weight:
Male: 22-26 pounds (10-12 kg), Female: 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Basenji? Basenji average weight:
Male: 24 pounds (11 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg)
Height
How tall is the Basenji? Basenji height:
Male: 16-17 inches (41-43 cm), Female: 15-16 inches (38-41 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Basenji average height:
Male: 16.5 inches (42 cm), Female: 15.5 inches (39.5 cm)

Basenji Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Basenji have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Basenji's coat?
WhiteBrindleTanRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Basenji and how often?
Effortless: The Basenji requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Basenji is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Basenji dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Congo Dog? Basenji shedding level:
Basenjis shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Basenji dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Basenji Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Basenji have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateCuriousPlayfulAlertEnergeticIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Basenji? Are they intelligent?
Low: The Basenji if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Basenji dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Basenjis are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Basenjis, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Basenji sensitivity:
Basenjis have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Basenjis may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owners emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Congo Dog need? Basenji social needs:
Basenjis are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Basenji dogs bark a lot? Why does my Congo Terrier bark?
Low: The Basenji barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Basenji good as a watchdog?
Basenjis are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Basenji dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Basenji dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Basenjis are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Basenji bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Congo Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Basenji? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Basenji has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Basenji do?
Basenjis have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Basenjis need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Basenji to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Basenji roam?
Basenjis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Basenji have high prey drive?
Basenjis have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Basenji dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Basenji good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Basenjis are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Basenjis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Basenjis handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.
Fighting Dog
Where Basenji dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Basenji Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Basenjis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Basenji dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Basenji and children:
Basenjis are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Basenji dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Basenjis are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Basenji good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Basenji dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Basenjis are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Basenji is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Basenjis good office dogs? Do Basenjis make good office friendly dogs? Can Basenjis be office dogs?
No
Basenji is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Basenji dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Congo Dog temperament with senior people? Are Basenji dogs good for elderly owners?
Basenjis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Basenji dogs get along with other pets? Are Basenji dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Basenjis usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Basenji breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Basenjis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Basenji be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Basenji is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Basenji be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Basenji is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Basenji be a 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. Basenji is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Basenji be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Basenji is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Basenji be a boat dog?
Not really
Basenji breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Basenji be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Basenji is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Basenji Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Basenji dogs have health problems?
The Basenji is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Basenji dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Basenji be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Basenji breed hypoallergenic?
No
Basenjis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Basenji have?
Basenjis are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Basenji dogs require per day?
Basenjis need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Basenjis don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Basenji need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Basenji risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Basenji has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Basenji's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Basenji has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Basenji drool?
The Basenji is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Basenji could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Basenji. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Basenji Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Basenji: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Basenji have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Basenji have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-5 puppies

Basenji Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Basenjis are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Basenji requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Basenjis shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Basenji is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Basenji has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Basenjis are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Basenjis handle alone time quite well.
  • Child Friendly: Basenjis are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Basenjis are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Basenjis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Basenji if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Hypoallergenic: Basenjis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Basenjis are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Mouthiness: Basenjis have a strong 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.
  • Cat Friendly: Basenjis are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Basenjis are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Basenji is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Basenji Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Stephan Ebol

    Jul 26, 2021, 9:07:24 PM:

    Basenji IS an hypoallergenic dog. It is precisely the reason why i could adopt one, following the advice of my veterinarian.

  • Khloe Towler

    Nov 19, 2020, 5:49:23 PM: