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Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo
GroupHunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Basenji have? The breed also known as...
Congo Dog, Congo Terrier, African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog, Ango Angari, Zande Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Basenji puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Basenji, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Basenji gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

What is the Basenji's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Basenji weigh?
Male: 22-26 pounds (10-12 kg), Female: 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 24 pounds (11 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg)
How tall is the Basenji?
Male: 16-17 inches (41-43 cm), Female: 15-16 inches (38-41 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 16.5 inches (42 cm), Female: 15.5 inches (39.5 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Basenji have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Basenji's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the Basenji and how often?
Effortless: The Basenji requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Basenji is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Basenjis shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Basenjis shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Basenjis could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.


What kind of personality does the Basenji have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Basenji?
Low: The Basenji if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Are Basenjis easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Basenjis are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Basenjis, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Basenjis have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Basenjis may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owners emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Basenjis are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Do Basenjis bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low: The Basenji barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Basenjis good watchdogs?
Basenjis are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Basenjis will alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Basenjis are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Basenji has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Basenji do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Basenjis have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Basenjis need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Basenji to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Basenjis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Basenjis have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Basenjis are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Basenjis good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Basenjis are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Basenjis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Basenjis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Basenjis kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Basenjis are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Basenjis get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Basenjis are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Basenjis get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Basenjis are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Basenji is not a good choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Basenjis have health problems?
Basenjis are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Basenjis live? What is this dog average life span?
10-12 years
Is the Basenji breed hypoallergenic?
Basenjis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Basenji have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Basenjis are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Basenjis require per day?
Basenjis need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Basenjis don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Basenji need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Basenji has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Basenji's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers warm weather
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Basenji has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Basenji is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Basenji. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Basenji: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Basenji have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Basenji have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-5 puppies


  • Grooming: Effortless: The Basenji requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Basenjis shed none to minimal.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Barking: Low: The Basenji barks none to minimal.
  • Watchdog Ability: Basenjis are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Trainability: Basenjis are easy to train.


  • Hypoallergenic: Basenjis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Drooling tendency: The Basenji is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Basenji has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Basenji if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Mouthiness: Basenjis have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: Basenjis are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.

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