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Breed Group: Hound
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Male: 24; Female: 22 lbs
Male: 17; Female 16 inches
red, black, black and tan, or brindle, all with white feet, chest and tail tips; white legs, blaze, and collar optional
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How much do Basenji puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Basenji varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Basenji puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Basenjis sold is $1,125.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Basenji with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $4,200 upwards to $8,100 or even more for a Basenji with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Basenjis sold is $1,000.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,125.00
Average Price: $1,000.00
Top Quality: $4,200.00 to $8,100.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 535 Basenji puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Basenji puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Basenjis true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Basenji Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 535 Basenji dogs.
  • 1. Mylee
  • 2. Walter
  • 3. Lily
  • 4. Puzzle
  • 5. Rowen
  • 6. Dante
  • 7. Mandy
  • 8. Scooter
  • 9. Sura
  • 10. Teddy Bear
  • 11. Tigger
  • 12. Tux
  • 13. Wanita
  • 14. Webster
  • 15. Diesel
  • 16. Hearts
  • 17. Pixie
  • 18. River
  • 19. Taylor
  • 20. Wendy

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Anonymous asked:
Hi! I'm a first-time owner and I'm looking for a good family dog that can meet the criteria: • hypoallergenic • can be left at home for (at most) 8-9 hours without separation anxiety • doesn't bark too much We are trying to choose between a Basenji and a Havanese dog. Which one would be better for us? Can you recommend some other breeds as well?

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The Basenji breed is not for the first-time dog owner. They need a dog experienced owner at the very least. I would not recommend them for you in the least. As for your hours away from your dog, any dog, no matter the breed / age of the dog is not going to do well being left alone for that length of time. Separation anxiety is created by two ways, genetics and learned. If you leave your dog for long periods of time every day, your dog is going to have separation anxiety. Unless you plan on putting your dog into a doggy day care, or unless you plan on having a dog sitter come and pick up your dog for a walk half way through the day, or have a neighbor / family member / friend take your dog while you are gone; please rethink the idea of getting a dog right now. Neither the Basenji or the Havanese dog does not enjoy being left alone for long periods of time.

Anonymous asked:
Are the Basenji ears cropped? I always thought they naturally are up. A friend said that's not true and that they're ears are cropped.



Your friend is incorrect. The Basenji's ears are naturally pricked and high over the head. They are not cropped and should never be nor need to be.


I have 2 basenjis - their ears are naturally up.

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Are tricolors rare in the Basenji breed?



The tri-color; red, black and white is not considered rare, just harder to come by as the only way to get the coloration is to have a dam or sire to have the genetics for tri-color in their pedigree.


Harder to come by is also known as rare.


Not so, the tan is most common, tri second,then brindle and black/white, rare is more like solid black! And rare is more then harder to come by, more like really hard-or-extremely hard to come by!!! Just being judgmental too.

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What is the starting price for a Basenji?

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700.00 is the lowest I've seen for AKC

Anonymous asked:
Separation anxiety. My Basenji is the best girl, only when I leave her home...even to just go to buy milk! She is house trained, she just likes to chew my window blinds!!! Help....



She misses you.A crate with her toy would be ok for short periods of time


Before I adopted my first Basenji many, many years ago I spoke with a friend and former breeder and she had told me that Basenjis could be prone to separation anxiety and it was better to keep them with another Basenji - a buddy - to help reduce this. I heeded her warning and have always kept 2 dogs. Seems to work. I hope you find a solution that works for you too!

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Updated: 5/28/2022