Basenji the only breed of dog that dosn´t Bark
There are those who believe that they are mute, but this is not the case since they emit a curious sound recognized as Canto a la Zipline (sudden changes from low to high tone with the syllable ‘jo’) or also similar to the song of the wolves. They do not bark due to the posture of their larynx and the structure of their vocal cords, which are narrower and flatter than those of other canine breeds.
Basenji breed history
It is one of the oldest dog breeds that exist. In fact, you can see hieroglyphs from the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, more than 5,000 years ago, in which this race is mentioned.
Its origins are in Central Africa, specifically from the Bashingi tribe and close to the area, currently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is why it is also called the Dog of the Congo.
African legends say that this breed was a lion hunter due to its great aptitude for vertical jumps. Even today, he is still prized for his skills as a guardian and hunter.
Character of the Basenji breed
This breed is often compared to cats because, like cats, it likes to be clean and for that it groomes itself. Also, because of his independent, stubborn, cunning and affectionate character (when he wants). However, it is a good companion and social with other dogs. It is an intelligent and curious breed of dog so it is easier for them to learn canine mental skill games. In addition, it is appreciated for having great tracking ability and agility. What a special dog!
Other notable singularities of this dog are
- Loses very little hair.
- It does not have the characteristic dog smell.
- Females only have heat once a year, instead of twice.
- Despite being a small dog (between 10 and 13 kg) they have a robust body.
- They are an athletic breed but their real need is for stimulation through games.
- Both the front and rear legs are always white.
Living with a Basenji Dog
The Basenji is an active dog that needs and enjoys a good play or run every day. They like to practice agility and run the decoy courses. The Basenji is no longer used for hunting, but it is the very nice family dog and can live to about 13 years of age or so.
- The Basenji can be fiercely protective of their families. They need a lot of early socialization with other people to be ideal companions. Something unusual in Basenji females is that they only have one hot period per year that occurs between August and November. And of course they make their famous Tyrolean song of sound
Basenji is extremely easy to groom and keep clean with a quick wipe with a cloth or brush once or twice a week. The Basenji will spend much of its time grooming and carefully licking its fur like a cat.
The Basenji can be a distant dog; very affectionate with his family, but not tolerable with strangers. They originally hunted in packs and are usually good with other dogs if they socialize from young. However, some may be argumentative with other Basenji.
Basenjis can be a lonely dog; very affectionate with his family, but does not get along with strangers. They originally hunted in packs and are usually good with other dogs. If they socialize from young. However, some can peel with other basenjis.
Basenji breeders and owners often refer to them as «feline», as they do a great job of licking themselves for grooming and are quiet. It seems that they also like to climb high places; maybe to check their kingdoms from there.