General Information

Dog NameBasenji
Other NamesZande Dog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSighthound
Country of OriginCongo, Democratic Republic of the

Physical And Size

Min Life Span13
Max Life Span11
Min Ideal Weight for male9
Max Ideal Weight for male12
Min Ideal Weight for female9
Max Ideal Weight for male12


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentSmart, Quiet, Independent
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyHigh
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Nicknames and Other NamesZande Dog, Ando Angari, Congo Dog,
African Barless Dog, African Bush Dog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSighthound
Bred ForTo trap the game on hunter’s nets, carry
goods and alert the owner of threat
Recognized ByFCI, CKC, AKC, NZKC, ANKC, KC (UK), UKC
Life Span13-14 years
Ideal WeightMale: 24 pounds
Female: 22 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 17 inches
Female: 16 inches
Fur TypeShort and smooth
Common ColorsRed & White, Black & White, Brindle &
White, Black Tan & White
MarkingsBrindle Markings
AchievementsUKC Best of Breed Winner
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToIbizan Hound

The Basenji, Africa’s Barkless dog was originally found in Congo. He uses both scent and slight to hunt. They are unique and charming pets best for owners who can meet their daily exercises and the challenge of training this canine.

Basenji are small sized dogs who stands 16-17 inches from the shoulder. They are known for their shiny short coat, with wrinkled forehead and expressive almond shaped eyes and tightly curled tail.

Origin Of Basenji

Basenji is one of the oldest breeds of dogs and perhaps that’s why it is not a barker. Unlike his cousin wolf, he can bark but usually barks only once and than he is silent.

Basenji was discovered in the 19th by the Westerns in the Congo region in Africa. There they were bred to flush games on nets, to carry goods and to warn when approach of the dangerous animals.

In early times a good hunter Basenji was valued more than a wife by some tribes in Africa.

The first efforts to bring the Basenji to Europe failed because the imported dogs all died of diseases shortly after arrival. The import of this breed was first successful in 1930 both in England and the United States.

“The Basenji Club Of America” was formed a year before the American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1943.

Are They Child Friendly?

Basenjis are friendly and affectionate but they have a dominant temperament so they thinks that small children are below their pecking order. Sometimes small children can do things like pull their tails, jumping around them and make noise which may make Basenjis pretty aggressive.

Basenji dog playing with a child.

The owner needs to supervise the dog and children at all times, not just Basenjis but all dogs for the safety of your child and dog. You need to train your child to approach well with Dogs and other pets in the home and set limits from both sides.

Behavior ,Temperament & Personality

Basenji is willful and dominant, so to own a Basenji you need to be courageous and confident. Though Basenji’s don’t bark, they can howl like a wolf and this is by no means a silent breed.

Basenji DOg Breeds Howling like a wolf.

Basenji’s are loving and affectionate towards their family but not to strangers. They tend to form a bond with their family and dislike if left alone. So, when leaving a Basenji alone, problem solving toys and a lot of bones need to be left around them for their entertainment.

Basenji breeders and owners often refer them as ‘ catlike’ as they are great in licking to groom and are quite. Along with this they seem to like climbing up onto high paces.


Basenji’s are known to be clever dogs, but not easy to train. Patience and confidence are needed when dealing with a Basenji.

Like other hounds, the Basenji is intelligent and independent and take time to decide whether to follow a command. Breeders recommend that training and socialization should be done as early as possible. There are chances of wary and lack of trust in people if not properly trained.


Interesting facts about Basenji are:

  • Basenji’s don’t bark.
  • Basenji groom themselves.
  • They don’t like night walks.
  • The Basenji was a Royal Gift
  • They have no body odor.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesFanconi Syndrome, Patellar Luxation,
Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Cataracts
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingNone to low
GroomingEasy and Minimal grooming
Weight Gain PotentialLow to Average
Separation AnxietyLow Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein- 20%
Omega-3 fatty acid

The Basenji, which has an average life span of 12 to 14 years suffers from some common health issues , such as:

  • Fanconi Syndrome – Fanconi Syndrome is a kidney or renal problem which is very much common in Basenjis. This is a hereditary disorder where the renal tube is unable to reabsorb nutrients and electrolytes.
  • Hip dysplasia (CHD),
  • Corneal dystrophy, and
  • Patellar luxation.


Basenji’s comes in four colors, They are –

  • Red
  • Black
  • Black and Tan
  • Brindle.

Price of Basenji pup

The average cost of a Basenji is $800.

Basenji are Sometimes Aggresive
Basenji Pup.
Image Via Gumtree

Which Dogs Similar To Basenji?

Dog breed similar to Basenji are:

Visit Doglime For More Dog breed Information.