At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 21 - 24 lbs.

Height: 16" - 17"

Life Span: 10 - 13 years


Also know as: Congo Dog, Congo Terrier

Group: Hound

Origin: Central Africa (Congo)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Lure Coursing

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

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

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Pyruvate kinase deficiency; immunoproliferative enteropathy; persistent pupillary membrane; retinal atrophy

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

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


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