About Basenji

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Besanges are small, graceful sores that stand up to 16 or 17 inches at the shoulder. They are recognizable by their shiny short coat, tightly curled tail, and wrinkled foreheads and expressive almond-shaped eyes that convey a variety of subtle, human emotions.

Besanji is a beautiful sight at a standstill, but yet more impressive in a fast trot when he performs the long, smooth strands of mini-racehorse. And yes, it’s true, they don’t bark, but they know their feelings with an asymmetrical sound that is described as something between a turtle and a yodel. Basenjis is fast and will dress himself like cats. It is called a “cult breed” in numbers, but they are fortunate enough to be in themselves that do so with devotion.


Basenji is the oldest AKC breed title contender. Palaeontologists tell us that at first domesticated dogs looked like basangiens. They were already well placed on bringing the Nile River from inner Africa as a gift to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Besanji is depicted in ancient Egyptian artifacts, and traces of the breed can also be seen in ancient Babylonian and Mesopotamian art.

This once powerful civilization collapsed centuries ago, but Besenji endured as a semi-wild dog living at the gateway of both the Nile and Congo rivers. The Africans rewarded Besanji as a prized hunter with deep vision, explosive speed and a highly developed sense of smell. Besanjis are called specialist vertical leapers, a skill developed for hunting in African grasslands. (An African breed’s name translates as “Jumping-up-and-down dog”) The living kingdom saw: “These dogs, despite their wildness, do little or no harm to the inhabitants. They are red-haired, have short bodies and have tails on their backs.”

Isolated in remote areas of the African continent for thousands of years, the unique Basenji became untouched by Western fads and fities. The breed that greatly influenced the Pharaoh was the same as that brought to the West in the late 1800s.

A breeding pair was brought to England in 1895, but died shortly thereafter. Another pair was brought to England in 1937. They were displayed as natural curiosities, and this previously unknown breed created such a sensation with the dog-loving British public that the police were called for crowd control. But, again, the tragedy occurred: a child of female and puppies died, leaving only the male, named Boise.

Boise was acquired by a Boston breeder who recently acquired a woman named Congo. This resulted in the birth of the first basengeis breed in the Americas. More dogs were gradually added to the gene pool, until finally, Besanji was established in the United States.

General Appearance

Besanji is a small, short-haired hunting dog from Africa. It is less supported and built lighter, appearing higher on the leg than its length. The wrinkled head is proudly carried on a well-arched neck and the tail is set high and curls. Elegant and graceful, the entire condemnation is one of poets and inquisitive vigilance. The balanced structure and smooth musculature enable it to move with ease and agility. Besanji hunts both sight and smell. Symptoms – Basanji should not bark but is not silent. Wrinkled foreheads, tightly curly tails and a fast, effortless gait (filled with a rune full of runes) are typical of the breed. Fault – Any departure from the following points should be considered a defect, and the severity with which the fault is considered must be in exact proportion to its degree.


This breed is very easy to train and requires minimum training. They have low tendency to smell bad.


They have the lowest obedience intelligence. They are not kid friendly. and are prone to allergies


The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days

The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.




Besanji should perform well on high quality dog ​​food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.


Besanji is energetic, inquisitive and very active. A lot of regular exercise is required to keep them from getting bored. Boredom can lead to destructive behavior. Long play sessions in a well-fitted yard or safely on the lead are required. A besanji should never be let loose, as the breed’s tendency to hunt is too strong, and the dog may not be able to insist on escaping the chase. Giving the dog a structured outlet for those instincts and that pent-up energy can help tremendously; Many enjoy basenji, and excel in canine sports, such as greed courtyard, tracking, and obedience and agility.


Besanji are generally healthy dogs, and breeder screens responsible for health disorders such as hypothyroidism, a type of inflammatory bowel disease called IPSID and canine hip dysplasia. Gene tests are available to identify carriers of Fenoni syndrome, a kidney disorder, as well as progressive retinal atrophy, or PRA; Such tests allow breeders to plan breeding that will not produce those diseases. As with all breeds, a Besanji’s ears should be examined regularly, and teeth should be brushed frequently.

Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist evaluation
  • PRA-BJ1 DNA Test
  • Fanconi syndrome DNA test
  • Thyroid evaluation
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