The Basenji is a medium-sized dog that measures up to 43 cm (around 17 in) and can weigh up to 11 kg (around 24 lbs). They live an average of 15 years.

Also known as the Congo dog, the Basenji is native to Africa. It is one of the oldest dog breeds known to date. The Basenji has existed for more than 5,000 years. We know this because they have been found adorning the tombs of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. In the past, they were originally hunting dogs. It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century when it was brought to the United Kingdom by explorers and became a pet.

This breed is elegant and gentle with a hunting instinct. Surprisingly, this dog breed does not bark. Instead they make a sound like a finch. They are also curious. In addition, Basenjis are like cats because they like to groom themselves.

This dog breed is intelligent dog and not aggressive. However, it can sometimes be subject to stress. They do not like to be surprised and can feel uncomfortable in the presence of children. Furthermore, their training must befirm and repetitive because this breed can sometimes be stubborn.

When it comes to their health, they can easily become overweight. For this reason, it is important to keep an eye on their diet and to not give too many treats. This breed is prone to inguinal hernias, hip dysphasia, and Fanconi syndrome (a genetic kidney disease).

If you are a fan of unique dogs, you will definitely like the Basenji.


Are you familiar with the Basenji? These dogs are elegant, gentle, curious, and native to Africa. Read on to learn …