Dog Breeds

Dog Breeds – Basenji

The Basenji, a member of the “sighthound” family, is one of the most ancient dog breeds in the world, dating back to Ancient Egyptian times as noted in depictions on the steles of the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs.

This breed was originally developed for hunting in central Africa because of its’ ability to utilize both sight and scent as a means to hunt.  Known as an intelligent dog, the Basenji is characteristically alert and often detached socially.

The Basenji is known as the “barkless dog” because it makes a yodeling sound as opposed to the common bark.  This is due to its oddly shaped larynx.

The Basenji is a small, short-haired dog with a rather abrupt back-end and a light build.  The Basenji comes in a variety of colors such as brindle, chestnut red, black, and tri-color, but always features white paws, chest, and tail tip markings.  The tail is also upright and tightly curled.

Due to its temperament, the Basenji is not recommended for families with small children and other animals.

(photo: llima)