Basenjis are famously known as the backless dog, but anyone who knows the breed knows they have a range of sounds that an opera singer would envy. From gentle whines to a unique yodel to ear-splitting screams, the Basenji is indeed vocal. Many a Basenji owner has had the police called by well-meaning neighbors who were convinced someone was being tortured in their home.
Basenjis are also considered one of the ancient dog breeds, as they have been the companion and hunting dog in the African Congo for eons. Westerners discovered this unique breed in the late 1800s. They were used to chase small game and birds into nets, sound a warning cry when sensing other predators and even employed as tiny pack dogs.
But Basenjis had no natural immunity to many canine diseases, especially distemper, and attempts to import them into Europe met with disaster. Even into the late 20th century Basenjis were lost to diseases that vaccinations should have prevented.
The Basenji has the double edged sword of being incredibly intelligent and high energy. When that superpower is put to good use in an active family, life can be sublime. If left alone and allowed to be bored, havoc will be wreaked.
They also have a very high prey drive, which means cats, hamsters, squirrels, and pretty much anything smaller than them that moves will be chased and often caught. Basenjis are also one of the quintessential escape artist canine breeds. They view fences as merely something that slows them down...but not for long!
For those who appreciate a dog who thinks on their own, can problem solve, and can keep up with their exercise requirements the Basenji can be a rewarding best friend.
Here we have selected a few items that will help your Basenji look and feel their blissful best. Enjoy!