Basenji Puppies & Breed Information

Basenji

Basenji Puppy Characteristics


  • Size:
  • Grooming Needs:
  • Exercise Needs:
  • Good With Dogs:
  • Watchdog Ability:

Basenji Puppies for Sale


View More Puppies for Sale

Get Matched to Trusted Breeders

Basenji Breed Information


Breed Group: Hound

Weight: Male: 24; Female: 22 lbs

Height: Male: 17; Female 16 inches

Color(s): red, black, black and tan, or brindle, all with white feet, chest and tail tips; white legs, blaze, and collar optional

Overview

The Basenji was originally developed in Africa for hunting purposes. The Basenji is a sight hound, hunting by sight only. They have very strong hunting instincts that persuade them to chase after anything; they love to chase after cars. The name is pronounced Buh-SEN-jee, and they are best known for their bark: They haven't got one. The Basenji is not a barker, however they do have a distinct yodel and wail when they are excited or when hunting.

Character

The Basenji can be somewhat aloof around strangers making him a very suspicious breed. This breed is very intelligent yet independent at the same time making training quite a task. He is very alert, rambunctious and playful making him a lovely family pet, however this breed does love the outdoors and does best with acreage.

Temperament

The Basenji is a very alert and fun loving breed, however is not recommended for an inexperienced owner. This breed has the tendency to become destructive if left along for long periods of time so proper training and confinement will work best for this fault. Basenjis can be very patient and good with children, however should be socialized early to prevent the tendencies to fight with other dogs.

Care

The Basenji is much like a cat being very clean and grooming himself on occasion. This is a little to no shedding breed, however does require some grooming if the coat is to stay in good shape. An occasional brushing with a firm bristle or wire brush works best to remove dead or loose hair from the coat. The smooth coat of the Basenji is very easy to care for.

Coat

The Basenji has a very short coat, which shouldn't require much grooming. The hair should be short, fine, and somewhat harsh. The hair should not be too coarse, however should not be silky. The Basenji tends to clean himself making the coat very easy to care for and relatively clean. This breed has little to no doggy odor, and sheds very little.

Training

The Basenji should be socialized early to prevent any destruction problems if he is to be home raised, and to ensure that he will do well around children and other animals. Obedience training is a must for this energetic and very alert breed. This breed should have a variety of training methods to keep his attention, as he tends to bore quickly. Variety, consistency, and firm handling work best with the Basenji.

Activity

The Basenji being so energetic needs quite a bit of exercise. Vigorous daily walks are required as this breed has a lot of energy and can be somewhat tireless. This breed being a hunter has the stamina of such and does best with a fenced in yard. However, the fence should be planted deeply into the ground and rather high to prevent escape as this breed can be an escape artist if proper precautions are not taken.

Ownership

If you are looking for Basenji puppies for sale from reputable Basenji breeders or to adopt Basenjis from a Basenji rescue then make sure you understand as much about the dog breeds you are interested in as you can. Every puppy breed is different. Begin your research by reading the breed information about the Basenji puppy above. Search our dog breeds section to find Basenji puppies that make great pets.


Rate this Breed Information - Provided by

Saving...

4.3 out of 5 based on 74 ratings for the Basenji puppy breed profile.

Updated: 9/19/2014
Answer a Question

Breed Questions & Answers

Are you knowledgeable about a certain breed? Share what you know!


We provide the only safe marketplace for Basenji dog breeders to list and rehome their purebred Basenji puppies. Basenji dog breeders listing puppies on Next Day Pets are required to verify their identity for your protection. Most dog breeders with Basenjis for sale offer health guarantees and may be shipped worldwide. With over 100,000 active dog breeders, we can assure you you'll find the perfect puppy for your family.