The Basenji is an ancient dog breed that takes pride in its legacy of over 5000 years. While its own origins remain unknown, Egyptian tomb drawings that portray similar dogs, substantiates its history. The dog was used in Africa to assist hunters in flushing out the game. In 1944, Basenji was registered by the AKC.
The Basenji is a stunning small dog with a graceful and athletic body. It has long legs, muscular thighs and an even back. It has a smooth hairy coat in various colors like red, copper, black and tan or black and brindle. Basenji is easily identifiable by its white feet and prominent white markings on its tail and chest. The creased forehead gives it a thoughtful look. The tail is arched and elevated and the ears straight. The dog does not bark and only makes vocalizations.
Red, black, tricolor (black and tan), or brindle (red with black stripes).
It is a lively dog that is jovial and playful that is easy to manage. Basenji makes up a watchful pet, which responds well to training and commands. Always eager to please its owner, a Basenji is ever willing to put in its best. Basenji is not recommended to be kept with non-canine pets or in homes with small children. It bonds strongly with people though it can be reclusive with strangers. It has a penchant for games and tricks and is a dynamic canine with oodles of energy. The Basenji is an enthusiastic chewer and an expert climber.
Though Basenji is normally healthy with an impressive life span of 10–12 years, it can be susceptible to kidney ailments like Fanconi’s syndrome besides PRA and intestinal conditions.
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