All About the Basenjis
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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.
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.
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.
- Basenjis have short, fine coats. They are a low-maintenance grooming breed and need only occasional brushing to get rid of dead hairs.
- They have long legs and erect ears that help them find prey in the bush, as well as dissipate heat in their native African jungles.
- Though they have been called “barkless” dogs, they will occasionally emit small yelps that sound more like yodels.
12 to 14 years
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.
Basenjis have a medium tolerance for hot climates and a low tolerance for cold climates.
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.
- Basenjis were presented as gifts to the ancient Egyptian pharaohs after being discovered on the Nile River.
- This breed is shy with strangers and should not be approached from the rear.
- One quality many families love about Basenjis: They are an odorless dog.