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Basenji Home country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The Basenji is a dog native to central Africa. It is very old: Representations of Basenjis were found in the tombs of the Pharaohs in Egypt. It is a shorthaired dog that is well recognized by its rather long snout and its tail, which is curved over its back.

Basenjis do not let themselves be controlled too easily. They are intelligent and have character. However, they are very good companions to humans and can be used for hunting. The Basenjis have the peculiarity of not barking, but they express themselves through small “chuckles.”



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Also called the Nyam-Nyam Terrier or Congo Terrier, the Basenji is a "primitive" dog that originates from Central Africa Congo) and they have kept their instinct for hunting in packs. They do not descend from wolves, but rather jackals.
You often see them represented in Egyptian art!

Its name is the plural of "My monkey" in the Bantu/Lingala language, a common insult for indigenous people by settlers...

The Basenji survived for thousands of years alongside man by hunting small prey (birds, rodents, lizards), which explains their independent character and tendency to run away as well as their predisposition for high places where they can see everything.
Good proportions, long-legged with a fine bone structure and a stately demeanor, the Basenji is as graceful as a gazelle!
It has wrinkles on its head when it holds its ears erect. Its eyes are hazel and its expression is impenetrable, even noble. The neck is strong and curved. The back is straight and the tail curls tightly and sits over the back. The legs are slender, straight and quite muscular. The dog''s hair is shaved and very fine. The color of the coat is red-fawn and white, pure black and white, tricolored (black, tan and white) or brindle (clean stripes of black on red). The tip of the tail and legs are always white. Males weigh around 24 pounds with a height of 17 inches. The female only has one litter a year.

An energetic dog that doesn''t like rain or being left alone, the Basenji is perfectly suitable for apartment living given that he gets enough physical exercise outside to avoid him spending his energy inside! Especially if he''s left alone...
This dog is not at all aggressive and gets along well with children if they respect it. On the other hand, they are very cautious with strangers.
Also, watch out for cars: the Basenji is not scared of them - which could prove fatal.

Lastly, here are three exceptional and strange features of this dog breed:
The Basenji never barks. They yodel like the Austrians do.
Like a cat, they are very clean but dislike water and so to clean... they lick themselves!
Its eyes and ears go red when they are feeling strong emotions.
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