If you’re looking for a unique breed of dog, Basenjis could be the one for you. Not only do they have a distinct appearance, but they also forgo traditional barking in favour of yodeling and howling. Wildly curious and energetic, they’ll keep you on your toes.
Male: 22-26 lbs.
Female: 20-25 lbs.
As with all breeds, regular exercise is important for Basenjis. Young Basenjis are wonderful climbers and diggers and even better escape artists. To help prevent boredom and any mischievous behavior, this breed requires at least two 30-minutes walks each day. You’ll also need to make time for off-leash running as often as possible.
The Basenji is a relatively low-maintenance dog when it comes to clean up. Shedding is not a huge issue with this virtually odorless breed. They clean themselves in a similar manner to cats. A bath every few months (or after a good digging episode) should do the trick. Note: Many people with allergies can tolerate Basenjis.
Barking and Volume:
One of the unique characteristics of Basenjis is their howl. Instead of barking like a typical dog, they make a sound that’s more akin to yodeling. Get out the earplugs.
Basenjis respond well to training. They aim to please their parents and will work hard to learn all sorts of new tricks. While you can teach them at home, this breed will benefit from a basic puppy class which can help socialize them with other animals as well as strangers.
Health Factors: Some Basenjis suffer from kidney stones and kidney disease as well as eye issues, however, most problems can be nipped in the bud with proper care. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class can help with socialization.
Looking for a low-maintenance dog? This is it. Because of the Basenjis tendency to clean themselves like a cat, they rarely need a bath. On top of that, their shorthaired coat requires little upkeep (outside of the occasional brushing).
Basenjis can be withdrawn and overly cautious around children, especially young ones who can unintentionally be too rough. Socializing this breed early on is key. Even though Basenjis are naturally patient, they should always be supervised during any playtime with young children.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Basenjis are typically wary of other dogs and shouldn’t be trusted to play with other animals on their own. They like to dig and hunt, so their feisty nature can come out if challenged.
Friendliness Towards People:
Not the most social of breeds, some Basenjis love to be around people while others prefer more independence. Although they will often form loving bonds with their parents, Basenjis do tend to be cautious and aloof around strangers.
BE PREPARED FOR:
An active dog that’s relatively low-maintenance in terms of grooming, but not the best choice for people with children.