Basenji

Basenji

ORIGIN

The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog. It was bred from stock that originated in Central Africa. Although the modern Basenji is from central Africa, at some point long ago its ancestor arrived there from Eastern Asia, having evolved from either Chinese or Southeast Asian wolves. Europeans first described the type of dog the Basenji breed derives from in in 1895—in the Congo. These local dogs, which Europeans identified as a unique breed, were prized by locals for their intelligence, courage, speed, and silence. Basenjis were assistants to the hunt, chasing wild game into nets for their masters.

TEMPERAMENT

The Basenji is alert, energetic, curious and reserved with strangers. The Basenji tends to become emotionally attached to a single human. Basenjis may not get along with non-canine pets. Basenjis dislike wet weather, like to climb, and can easily get over chain wire fences. Basenjis have a strong prey drive. According to the book The Intelligence of Dogs , they are the second least trainable dog. Basenjis do not respond well to punishment, such as yelling and hitting, which can cause them to utter a warning growl.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Reasonable, even though it is tireless.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

Male: 43 cm and Female: 40 cm / Male: 11 kg and Female: 9.5 kg

COAT

Short and fine.

COLOR

Red, black, tricolor, and brindle.

GROOMING

Minimal.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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