Basenji dog don’t bark—a plus for some dog owners—but keep in mind that they do make some very interesting sounds. Depending on their mood, they will howl, scream or yodel. Basenji is an ancient breed, dating back to the time of the pharaohs. Used in central Africa for thousands of years, Basenjis were valued for their quickness, intelligence and silence by African hunters who used them for a host of duties—retrieving, pointing, tracking and herding. The unusual, almost cat-like Basenji is a pleasure to have in your life, Basenjis adore people. Basenjis are not easy-going pet they are for dedicated dog owners who understand dogs.

Basenjis are graceful, lightly built dogs with short backs. They have crested necks, dark brown, almond-shaped eyes and wrinkles on the forehead and cheeks. Basenji colors are chestnut red, black, brindle or tri-color (black and red); all have white feet, chest and tail tip; may have white legs, blaze and collar. Its short coat also aids in dealing with the hot climate of Africa. Basenjis chew a lot, even as adults. Give them lots of things to chew such as Nylabones, sterilized bones and large beef leg bones cooked 1/2 hour water and trimmed of all fat.

The average lifespan of a Basenji is 12-14 years