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Basenji

Among the most ancient and unique of dog breeds, the Basenji is known as the 'barkless dog' although he is very far from mute making all the usual doggie noises in addition to his own very special yodel when he is excited or happy. The Basenji dislikes cold wet conditions and washes itself in a cat-like manner. The breed carries no dog odour, a most useful asset when in pursuit of game.

First appearing amongst the Pharaohs of Egypt as a palace dog, the Basenji's senses of sight and smell are impressive, as is it's jumping ability. Like its wild relatives the Basenji only has a single season each year and wherever they reside in the world this is usually in the Autumn. 

Lightly boned and aristocratic in appearance, and very much a 'people dog', this is an intelligent and independent breed, alert and affectionate, with a curious, confident manner which is also known as the Congo Dog or African Bush Dog.

 

Basenji Size: Medium
Height: Dogs: 43 cm; Bitches: 40 cm
Coat: Short
Grooming: Weekly
Exercise: Up to 1 hour daily
Ideal Home: Large or small, town or countryside dwelling
Colours: Black & White •  Black & Tan •  Brindle • Brindle & White • Red & White • Tricolour