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Also referred to as Congo Dogs and Congo Terriers

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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All About the Basenjis

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Average Height & Weight

The Basenjis is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 17 inches.

Weight: 24 pounds.

Females – Height: 16 inches.

Weight: 22 pounds.

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Typical Coloring

Basenjis are commonly chestnut red, black and brindle. They have white markings.





Basenjis are the Felix Ungars of the dog world. They are a persnickety, particular breed and are often compared to cats because of their curious, stubborn natures. They are independent, owing to their roots as hunting dogs allowed to chase prey by themselves. They can also be very playful.




Activity Level

Basenjis are a high-energy breed with medium exercise requirements!

They enjoy long walks and running off their leashes in a safe environment. They must get enough mental and physical stimulation each day or they become destructive.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Basenjis include Fanconi syndrome, progressive retinal atrophy and Basenji enteropathy. Persistent pupillary membranes and pyruvate kinase deficiency are less common but still occur within the breed, while canine hip dysplasia is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Basenjis have a medium tolerance for hot climates and a low tolerance for cold climates.





Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Although they are not as friendly or loving as some breeds, Basenjis make good family pets and do well with children. They are shy toward other dogs and household pets.




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