Basenji

Basenji
Ease of Training
Shedding
Watchdog
Guard Dog
Popularity
Size

History

  • He's one of the oldest breeds with proof he existed in Ancient Egypt
  • He was developed in central Africa for hunting and excelled at it because he was courageous, intelligent, fast, powerful and worked silently
  • He arrived in England in 1937
  • He made it to the United States in 1941

Personality and Behavior

  • He's known as the "Barkless Dog" and is mostly silent, but occasionally makes yodeling noises
  • He's affectionate and loving to his family
  • He's got lots of energy and is very active
  • He loves to play and will spur you into playing with him
  • He's fastidious and cleans himself all over like a cat does
  • He lacks a doggy odor
  • He is cautious and slow to warm up to strangers
  • He tends to be independent and aloof at times but forms a strong bond with his owner
  • He can be a great escape artist and will climb a fence to go wandering
  • He can't be trusted with smaller pets and has a strong chasing instinct
  • He's quite patient which makes him good with children

Training

  • He's one of the most difficult breeds to train. You will need lots of patience as he is one of the slowest to learn obedience commands.

Shedding

  • He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.

Grooming / Maintenance

  • His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).

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