About Basenjis

History of the Basenji

Basenjis come from Africa and are traditionally associated with the pygmies (one of the oldest human races on the planet).  Basenjis were also favorites of the elite of Egypt.  Some believe that the God Anubis was first created from the image of the Basenji.  There is evidence of ancient Egyptian wall paintings and carvings showing small prick-eared, curly-tailed dogs, usually wearing bells.  Even today, the native dogs of Africa wear bells when used for hunting.  The Basenji is a silent hunter and the bell is how its master can locate the dog in heavy cover.

In 1936, the first pair of Basenjis were successfully imported from Africa to England.  They were named "Bokoto" and "Bongo" and were the parents of the first English Basenji litter. A year later, they were shown at Crufts Dog Show.

In 1943, the AKC accepted the Basenji for registration in the Stud Book and approved the Breed Standard

The Basenji Personality

Basenjis are endlessly curious. They will try to outwit you every chance they get, then use every Basenji wile to make you laugh when they are caught being naughty.

Basenjis can be stubborn and independent.  Basenjis can climb very well.  They have no problem scaling a chain link fence; even puppies can climb up and over their X-pens.  For this very reason, it's best to keep a lid on your Basenji's x-pen.

Many Basenjis have been named Houdini:They are the escape artists of the dog world.  Basenjis can find their way out of anywhere; if you've got a Basenji, make sure your backyard has a good, sturdy fence and check that it is locked at all times.

Basenjis love to chew. It's a good idea to keep your clothes in a hamper and out of reach.  It's also smart to keep your trashcan out of reach, too. Many Basenji owners (also known as "B-slaves") have said, "This dog will certainly teach you to pick your clothes off the floor."  Teach your puppy what he can chew from an early age.  Make sure you have plenty of chew toys for the puppy.  Attending an obedience class is a good idea.  Basenjis are very smart and they can learn to behave if you understand how they think and work with them.

What makes a Basenji Different from Other Dogs

Basenjis are different from most dogs.  For example, they have partically no "doggy odor," and many of them lick themselves like cats to keep clean. Another trait that makes Basenjis so special is that they don't bark.  But don't let that fool you: Basenjis are not mute.  Basenjis can make sounds like a baby crying or a person screaming.  One of the most precious sounds a Basenji makes is a Yodel, or chortle.  Basenjis yodel when they are happy--and all Basenji owners loved to be greeted with a loud Basenji "Barroooooh!"   
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