Basenji Breed

Basenji :

General Information
Dog Name: Basenji
Dog breed Group: Hound dog
Size Category: Small dog breeds
Height: Ranges from one foot, four inches to one foot, five inches (measured from the shoulder).
Weight: Ranges from 22 to 24 pounds.
Lifespan: Ranges from 10 to 12 years.

Brief History
The Basenji's name translates to “small wild thing from the bush”, but in truth this breed is quiet and calculated. This ancient breed originates from Central Africa, where they lived in the own communities alongside pygmy tribes for centuries. Basenjis weren't discovered by Westerners until the 19th century, and they were quickly put to work as hunting dogs. Their skill was so great that some African tribes valued a good hunting Basenji over a wife. Nowadays the breed is rare, although there are some Basenjis in the UK and USA.

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability
Basenjis are suspicious of strangers, and extremely protective of their owners, and so they are good watch dogs. Whilst they are wary of strangers they won't attack, and so they are poor guard dogs.

B. Ease of Training
This Basenji is very stubborn and unreceptive to dog training, perhaps due to the thousands of years the breed spent living without human interaction. Owners often find it easiest to hire an experienced dog trainer to tame their Basenji.

C. Playfulness
This breed is not at all playful. They are curious and energetic, but they do not need much affection from their owners.

D. Exercise needs
As a hunting dog, the Basenji needs lots of exercise. Whilst some are content with a daily walk, others will have enough energy to tear apart their owners' homes.

E. Adaptability
The Basenji is adaptable in most respects, its only sticking point is that it cannot abide cold weather and is very much an indoors dog. It will be happy in any type of home, and is happy to be left alone for long periods of time.