Welcome to Breed Basics, each week, we will highlight a breed of dog to assist clients in finding the canine companion best suited to their lifestyle. We encourage potential pet owners to responsibly research dog breeds prior to purchase or adoption. If there is a breed you are considering or are simply curious about and would like our assistance in your research, please let us know, we would be happy to help!
This week’s featured breed – Basenji
A sophisticated hunting dog native to Africa, the Basenji is agile and muscular. Commonly considered the “barkless dog”, a Basenji is not incapable of making noise as they will often make a yodeling sound when they become excited. Coloring varies from chestnut to black or brindle; however all have white feet, chest and tip to their tail. Recognized by theAKCin 1944, Basenjis are part of the hound group and typically stand 16-17 inches at the shoulder and weigh 22-24 pounds depending on their gender. Besenji may be standoffish with strangers; however they are usually affectionate with their owners. They are an intelligent and independent breed and require minimal grooming. One benefit to their hair coat is that it lacks the typical “dog” odor. Full of energy and vigor, Basenji are commonly playful. Historically they were given as gifts to the Pharaohs of Egypt. Basenjis tend to become lazy and therefore require adequate daily exercise in order to prevent obesity. Aside from potential weight gain, Basenjis are prone to intestinal and eye problems as well as Fanconi’s syndrome (a disease of the kidneys). Depending on their health, Basenjis frequently live 10-12 years.
Ask us at Animal Central for more information on Basenjis or visit: www.dogbreedinfo.com/basenji
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff