Basenjis are ancient dogs tracing their lineage from pariah dogs to the Egyptians and then to hunting dogs for the tribes in the Congo. They are very clever and endearing creatures. They have a short coat, small, muscular body, alert demeanor, erect ears, almond shaped eyes, and a tightly curled short tail. They are not super trusting of strangers, but very loving and loyal to family members. Training requires a patient handler. Their beautiful, short coat requires minimal grooming. Though Basenji’s do not bark, they have a distinct ‘yodel’, which is why they are sometimes referred to as the ‘African Barkless Dog’.
Common Health Conditions
- Fanconi syndrome, an inheritable disorder in which the renal (kidney) tubes fail to reabsorb electrolytes and nutrients, is unusually common in Basenjis
- Basenjis sometimes carry a gene that causes genetic hemolytic anemia, in which the body destroys its own red blood cells.
- Inflammatory bowel disease is one of the most common causes of vomiting and chronic diarrhea in dogs, and is sometimes observed in Basenji’s.