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Also known as: Afican Barkless Dog, African Bush Dog
Breed origin: Africa
Original purpose: Hunting dog.
AKC recognized: 1944
AKC group: Hound
Weight: males around 24 lbs;
females around 22 lbs
Size: Height: males around 17 inches;
females around 16 inches
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Chestnut red; pure black; tricolor (pure black and chestnut red); or brindle (black stripes on a background of chestnut red); all with white feet, chest and tail tip.
12 to 17 years.
Basenjis are intelligent, agile, elegant, independent, but affectionate and alert. They are known for their fastidious habits and for being full of play and activity. Often described as being cat-like, they are independent and can be aloof with strangers. The Basenji is commonly known as the "barkless dog," but when excited, he makes a noise that sounds like a yodel. They like to climb and can easily get over chain-link fences.
Good with cats?
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
lure coursing, tracking, conformation, obedience, agility
Minimal grooming required. Basenjis are considered a low-shedding breed, will clean themselves in a cat-like manner, and also lack the typical "doggy" odor.
Known health problems:
Fanconi Syndrome, immunoproliferative small intestinal disease, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, umbilical hernias.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Basenji Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Basenji Club of America Rescue