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General Description

Distinctive tighly curled tail. Wedged face and wrinkled forehead. They can be red, black or tri-coloured.

General Health

Basenjis can suffer from opacity in the cornea, malabsorption syndrome and factor XII deficiency, which is a blood clotting disorder.

Often Basenjis only have one 'heat' cycle a year.

Hereditary Illnesses

Faconis syndrome, pyruvate kinase deficiency, severe anaemia, lymphagectasia and enteritis.

Character and Temperament

Basenji's do not bark, however, they will yodel, howl, growl or crow depending on the mood they are in. They are excellent hunting dogs. They are a good family pet and are curious about the world around them, basenji's love to explore and play with the world they live in but have a tendancy to chew so allowing them their own toy is a good idea. They have a strong pack sense and are intelligent with a great desire to please so training can be very rewarding to both dog and owner.


Basenji's are a very athletic breed and require long daily walking to prevent them from becoming overweight and lazy. Thay have a lot of playful energy.


Basenjis are very clean dogs, they will clean themselves, so brushing once a week is plenty.


The dogs drawn on the walls of the pyramids in ancient Egypt are believed to be the basenji. They were bred as companions for the Pharoahs.


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Average Life Expectancy

12 - 15

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