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Size: Small / Medium

Weight: 21 - 24 lbs.

Height: 16" - 17"

Life Span: 10 - 13 years

Health Problems: Pyruvate kinase deficiency; immunoproliferative enteropathy; persistent pupillary membrane; retinal atrophy

Origin: Central Africa (Congo)

Also Known As: Congo Dog, Congo Terrier

Group: Sighthound

Category: Companion Dog, Lure Coursing

Exercise Needs

The Basenji will need vigorous daily walks and playtime. These dogs love to run and chase.

Grooming Needs

The Basenji needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing. These dogs are fastidious self-groomers.


An independent, "cat-like" breed that's friendly, feisty and strong-willed."

Compatibility with Kids

Forms strong bonds with its family and generally enjoys children.


Basenjis were originally used in Ancient Times as pack hunters. This "barkless" dog is said to "yodel" when happy and "scream" when upset."