This is not your typical dog. Many researchers believe that the Basenji is only partially domesticated, as their metabolism and behavior very closely resemble that of a wolf. This breed usually weighs between 22-24 pounds and has a very high energy level.
These pups can be quickly identified by their tail that curls up to their hip, their short coat, and their muscular body. The Basenji is one of the oldest breeds and originated in Congo. They were primarily used to flush small game into the hunter's nets as well as control the rodent population in the village. They are sighthounds, so perceiving movement is their specialty.
These dogs don't bark, however, they may make sounds such as yodeling, whining, and screaming. While they do have many qualities that a pet owner would be fond of, this is by no means an easy dog to take care of. While they are extremely intelligent and will be able to learn commands, actually performing them is a different story. They are stubborn and will choose when they want to listen to you. If you own a Basenji and you are not a clean freak, you can be sure that you will become one. Anything that is left out is free for destruction.
These pups have an extremely high prey drive and will chase after anything that moves. They also have been known to easily escape from enclosures so make sure to keep a close eye on your pup! That being said, this dog will make a great companion for the right owner. It is essential to be patient with your dog and try not to have a full-on breakdown when you find your Basenji calmly sitting with one of your torn-up shoes in their mouth.
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