Basenji – G.W. Little


Basenji Dog Breed Information


The Basenji is one of the oldest dog breeds on Earth. Evidence dates back over 5,000 years and starts in Ancient Egypt, where the breed has often been depicted in tombs and on wall drawings. Basenjis are widely used in Africa as guide dogs to warn of dangerous animals.

Basenji are unusual dogs owing to the fact that they do not bark. They instead make a variety of other noises that are sometimes comical to hear. Don't make the mistake that just because they're quiet they're inactive. That's certainly not the case with the Basenji! They need vigorous exercise daily and love to play and run.

The Basenji's temperament is, at times, very much like a cat. They are extremely clean animals and do not smell. They're also very independent and sometimes aloof just like a cat, and loathe getting wet.

Because of the Basenji's high-intelligence they can be a handful to have around the house! They require consistent obedience training and many times will test the boundaries of their owners just for the pure fun of it. They're very territorial and must have a fenced yard. Be aware, however, that Basenji are also expert climbers and won't think twice about scaling your chain link fence.

Their personality is charming, good-humored, and curious, and they're masters at goading you into playing with them. Many Basenjis don't like to be left alone.

If you would like more information about this great little breed, you can visit American Kennel Club at If you would like information on adopting a Basenji in dire need of a loving family, you can visit or


 Size 16 - 17 inches high
Weight 22 - 26 pounds
Accepted Colors Copper, Red, Black, and Tan
Grooming Basenji's clean themselves like a cat, and they shed very little
Origins Africa
Registration AKC, FCI, UKC, CKC
Group Hound
Notes Basenji's are also called "African Bush Dogs," and their particular type of yodel is called a "baroo" in that country.