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Gongo FCI 43 . Primitive type

The Basenji is attentive, loving, energetic, curious and reserved with strangers



Characteristics "Basenji"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Basenji" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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The Basenji It is a breed of dog originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.. It is a primitive breed used for hunting and tracking.

They have the unique characteristic of not barking, but emit a curious sound-style> yodeling (Yodeling).

The stone Age images, as well as the tombs of ancient Egypt, already attest to the existence of this type of dog, who has survived the millennia: The Basenji is one of the oldest and most original breeds of dog. He's supposed to be a direct descendant of the Egyptian Testament – this is what dog experts call the dog form that has been handed down to us through Egyptian artwork from the fourth millennium B.C..

The Basenji comes from Central Africa, where he lived with village communities, but without having been specifically raised or having formed particularly close ties. Rather, they lived like ratcatchers. Often people also followed the hunting of the Basenjis to profit from the prey.. During famines the dogs were even slaughtered.

By the way, “Basenji” translated means “little wild animal from the bushes”. As early as the late 19th century some Basenjis arrived in Europe with African explorers. But, selective breeding did not begin until 1935 in Britain. Although the dog is native to Africa, Great Britain today has the patronage of the Basenji. From here the breed gradually spread to the rest of Europe.. In Germany, for example, enjoyed greater popularity from the years 70 of the 20th century.

Did you know??

The first Basenjis were red and white, tricolor (black and white fire) and black and white. Expeditions in Zaire 1987 and 1988 They introduced 14 dogs with new bloodlines, which brought a beautiful brindle look with tiger stripes.

There are some studies which point to the Basenji as progenitor of all Terrier.

Physical characteristics

The Basenji they are a small breed, elegant appearance, they have short hair, shiny and silky. Their ears are upright, and the tail coiled lead to perfection. Some people, they believe that its appearance similar to a deer in miniature.

They usually weigh 11 kg and the port tends to be of 40,6 cm., athletic and deceptively powerful for its size. Have a walk safe and elegant like a horse to trot.

Character and skills

Recommended for homes with adults. Although all life keeps a restless and playful spirit, When it ends its phase of growth becomes an excellent pet.

The Basenji is alert, loving, energetic, curious and reserved with strangers. It is a little distant, but it can also form strong ties with the people and can be emotionally sticking to a particular Member of the family, creating a very strong bond.

Generally does not get along well with other pets other than dogs. likes humid weather, they tend to be very skilled soaring. It can be described as fast, playful, tireless in the game, and naughty.

One of the curiosities that presents the race, In addition to not bark, It is that sule lick is the hair to be kept clean.


Like all dogs, the Basenji needs to be socialized from a young age. Meet lots of people (friends, neighbors, family…) allows you to get used to seeing strangers and become a sociable adult. The same goes for other dogs.: if you meet them often from their first months, the risks of dog fights during walks are reduced once he is an adult.

In his book Intelligence of Dogs (1994), Stanley Coren classifies the Basenji in the post 78 of 79 dog breeds for their intelligence… But, this is potentially a misunderstanding: the Basenji he understands very well what his owner wants from him, but is not really willing to meet your demands. In fact, shows a complete lack of interest in anything related to their education.

Like this, this extremely independent dog feels no need to please his master. Surely you understand what the order of “sit down”, but I may not see the point and, therefore, decide not to listen. Positive reinforcement methods have had some success, and a treat can be enough motivation, but even the most experienced trainers have a hard time getting them to listen. A novice is likely to be frustrated at being totally ignored despite their best efforts and may regret their choice..

At the end, it is usually the owner who has to adapt to the dog. These may include, people who live with a Basenji


Although it is relatively robust and enjoys a respectable life expectancy (of 12 to 14 years), the Basenji is susceptible to several diseases of varying severity:

  • The Fanconi syndrome, that is not exclusive to this breed, but most of the dogs that suffer from this disease are Basenjis. It is a kidney problem that prevents the reabsorption of nutrients and is usually fatal in the long term.. Fortunately, there is a genetic test to detect carriers and prevent them from reproducing;
  • Colitis enteritis, an overpopulation of a certain type of bacteria in the colon, responsible for violent diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
  • Immunoproliferative intestinal malabsorption, What, as the name reflects, prevents proper absorption of nutrients by the intestine. causes diarrhea, weight loss and can be fatal;
  • Hypothyroidism, a hormonal problem responsible for lethargy and weight gain;
  • Pyruvate kinase deficiency, an enzyme needed by red blood cells. The resulting anemia is often fatal.;
  • Hemophilia type B, a clotting problem that means that even a small accident can cause death;
  • Hernias, inguinal or umbilical, in which an internal organ passes through the abdominal wall, which can be very painful;
  • Eye problems, like the coloboma (a congenital malformation of the retina), progressive retinal atrophy (a degeneration of the eye tissues that leads to vision loss) or the persistence of the pupillary membrane (an abnormality of the eye that usually does not greatly affect vision);
  • Hip Dysplasia, a problem in the hip joint that can cause varying degrees of motor difficulties.

But, the main cause of death in this breed is age (30% of the cases), according to a survey by the British Kennel Club and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

It also, behavior problems, although they are not usually related to a disease, but they are simply the result of ignorance of the characteristics and needs of the breed by the owner, make many Basenjis be euthanized every year.

Last, it should be noted that, as it happens with other primitive dogs, the females of Basenjis they only go into heat once a year. Most litters are born between October and December.

Life expectancy

12 to 14 years


Although it is very difficult to train, the Basenji it is an easy breed to care for.

A quick brushing of their short coat once a week is enough to remove dead hair.. But, they shed twice a year, and it may be helpful to switch to two or three times a week in the spring to deal with excess dead hair. This is much less necessary in the fall, when the moult is much less pronounced and may even go unnoticed.

It also, just like cats, this dog grooms itself. And since he doesn't like water, not one to come back dirty after jumping in puddles or rolling around in the mud. So, bathing your dog is rarely necessary.

But, as with any dog, the brushing session should be used to check and clean the eyes and ears to reduce the risk of infection.

It's also a good time to brush your dog's teeth, to avoid the accumulation of tartar and all the risks that this entails. Ideally, do it more often., even daily.

Last, wear and tear is usually enough to limit the claws of this especially active animal. But, if not and they start to get too long, it is necessary to do it manually with a dog nail clipper, to prevent breakage or injury.


The Basenji not picky about food. But, since the shoes, smartphones and other magazines you can devour don't really meet your nutritional needs, it is necessary to provide daily industrial food for dogs. They must be of good quality to provide all the nutrients you need, but also adapted to their age, size and activity level.

Being a very active dog, the Basenjis are not prone to obesity problems. But, it is advisable to weigh your dog from time to time to ensure that he is not overweight. If you do, reducing his daily food intake and increasing the time he is allowed to go outside should solve the problem.

It also, like all dogs, must have fresh water available at all times.

For sale "Basenji"

The price of a puppy Basenji it's average 1000 euros for a male and 800 euros for a female.

whatever the place, the amount charged depends on the lineage from which it comes, of the prestige of the hatchery, but also of the degree of conformity of the individual with the standard of the breed.

Images “Basenji”


(1) – walking… basenji by fugzu [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Basenji puppy, Bravo, 10 weeks old by fugzu [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Basenji dogs by fugzu [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – Portrait Basenji – CC0 Creative Commons

Videos “Basenji”

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types
  • Section 6: Primitive type. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Group 5: Section: 6 Primitive type
  • AKCHound
  • ANKC – Group 4 (Hounds)
  • CKC – Group 2 – Hounds
  • ​KC – Hound
  • NZKCHounds
  • UKC – Group 3 – Sighthounds and Pariahs

FCI breed standard "Basenji"

FCIFCI - Basenji

Alternative names:

1. African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog, Ango Angari, Avuvi, Cong Dog, Zande Dog, The Jumping Up And Down Dog, Voiceless Dog (English).
2. Terrier Nyam-Nyam, Terrier du Congo (French).
3. Kongo-Terrier (German).
4. Congo Terrier (Portuguese).
5. Perro Congo, Perro Zande, Terrier del Congo (español).

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