8 Things Only Basenji Owners Understand

Well known as the \”barkless\” dog from Africa, the Basenji attracts admirers with his short coat, small, muscular body, alert demeanor, erect ears, and tail curled tightly over one hip. A wrinkled brow gives him a quizzical and sometimes mischievous expression. The Basenji wears a short, fine coat of rich chestnut red, black, tricolor (black and chestnut), or brindle (black stripes on a chestnut background), all with white feet, this dog is both unique and interesting.

Basenji Dog Breed Information

Gossip says that Basenji were introduced to England during the 1800’s. Here we have a huge, slightly rough, very intelligent, very cute dog that learns quite well. The nose of the Basenji is more sensitive than most breeds, they also have a very broad and powerful skull. If their aim is good the Basenji will be able to open a tight can of dog food in a matter of seconds, or bark loudly to alert its owner of danger. The Basenji has a playful nature and enjoys play time. It is a very social dog that tends to run up to others with its tail between its legs. Basenjis can usually be found trotting after the rest of the pack. It may choose to work alone if its work is strenuous. Its strength makes it perfect for hunting game, but it is not very fast. The Basenji is a good watch dog.

What Kind of Temperament Does The Basenji Have?

The Basenji is an intelligent, serious dog, not given to flights of fancy. This breed is lively, alert, and generally assertive and has the energy to keep up. With his smooth coat, glossy paws, and coat, the Basenji exhibits an air of importance, due to their trademark curled tail. Basenji Drooling The Basenji is a well known drooler, with humans often finding it difficult to give a Basenji oral vaccines or to care for their skin. If this is your first dog, there is a chance you have not introduced enough water into its diet to support a healthy body. If your dog is still only having its meals during the day, drink more water, and keep a close watch on your dog to make sure it has enough.

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What Should I Feed My Basenji?

Feeding your Basenji right makes a big difference in her health and life. Well fed dogs have plenty of energy to play and perform. A dog with little to do is bored and restless. Your Basenji wants to enjoy the company of her people and the experience of life. Feeding a high quality, grain-free diet, such as Puppy Bowl, can create a healthier canine. A Basenji who eats a diet with lots of energy sources, like grain-free treats, raw hide, and cat food, will end up with a poor digestion and can get sick quickly. Basenjis Are Known For Their Quick Thinking Many people notice that dogs are quick to learn new tricks. Basenjis are often quick learners too, making them easy to train and trainable. When training a Basenji, use positive reinforcement, since punishment will have little effect.

How Much Grooming Does The Basenji Need?

How can a Basenji still be beautiful and attractive after being brushed, trimmed, and combed? With a short hair coat, there is little to groom, as the dog’s coat is mostly under the skin and hair is easy to remove. A red Basenji will shed relatively little, and any shedding is minimal and easily buffed away. When shedding, you must still brush the dog often, but try to avoid brushing while he is in an amorous mood. Can Basenji breed? Most of the breed is imported from East Africa. The breed is completely sterile (ineffective) and thus has no ability to naturally reproduce. There are a few genetic diseases which can be passed on to offspring, such as the Basenji gene for Basenji Petechiae Rash of the Skin.

Is The Basenji Easy To Train?

Basenjis are completely natural and exceptionally intelligent. As puppies they train each other; older dogs often show little or no signs of training but are absolutely brilliant with an owner. In fact, a Basenji that has not received a firm hand-on training will easily put a person out of commission. I say €œcould€€€”it would take a couple of days to make a novice owner grovel in defeat. Like other Schnauzers, and like all Anatolian Shepherds, the Basenji needs to learn obedience and control of himself. He doesn€™t need a lot of space and can live in a kennel with another dog, but if he does he will be your constant companion (often yapping) and may even kill it. He is not a cattle guard and should never be left in a kennel with other dogs if you intend to keep a dog of that breed.

What Health Issues Does The Basenji Have?

Basenji dogs have a severe condition called severe sarcoptic mange. The condition commonly affects their skin but can cause other problems. Under-bite, (dog bites in the face), for example, can result from the reduced or absent teeth. Do Basenjis Have Any Special Abilities? Basenjis are a breed of working breed. They thrive as companions for the people and for their own community. They are spirited, intelligent, and energetic, and are not afraid of children. They’re a fast learner and are obedient. They don’t bark excessively. Basenjis can be trained to come when called, and they are easy to train, and as the saying goes, “A trained dog is a dead dog”. The Basenji rarely sheds. Basenji Facts About Health Basenjis have a unique health issue. They are brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs.

What Is The History of The Basenji?

The Basenji was recognized as a breed in 1905, but not recognized by most dog clubs until a decade later. In 1926, the first American club formed to preserve the Basenji. Two years later, the British Kennel Club recognized the breed as a dog on its famous “Golden Book”. Since then, the Basenji has also been recognized by the American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club, the United States Animal Health Association, and the United Kennel Club. Basenjis are used for both as working dogs and as companion dogs. The breed is a natural watchdog that guards a property and its owners. It is an excellent guard dog because of its keen sense of hearing and eye sight. The Basenji is a strong-willed dog that demands respect.

What Is The Breed Standard of The Basenji?

The Basenji originated in Central Africa in the region bordering Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Basenji was listed as a rare or endangered species in the United States by the American Kennel Club in 2014. The Basenji is one of the smallest of the dog breeds and is closely related to the jackal hound, otterhound and dingo. Its legs are wide, flat and strong enough to bear the tall, upright body and loose limbs of a jackal hound. The nose is long and curved, and the ears are small and erect. The Basenji is alert, intelligent and energetic, always ready to play. As an all-around pet, the Basenji should be a dog of great character and love. They are always eager for new experiences, and do well with children and other pets.