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“A breed of truly ancient origin, early Basenjis were brought from their native central Africa and presented to the Pharaohs of Egypt as gifts. In Africa, the Basenji was prized as a speedy, silent and intelligent hunting dog. Famed as the “barkless dog,” this breed does not bark like the average canine but it can and does make other noises including an individualistic sound somewhere between a chortle and a yodel.


While the Basenji may be aloof with strangers, he’s playful, alert and affectionate with those he knows. Highly intelligent, he may be a challenge for some owners.

Activity Level

The Basenji is active, curious and amazingly agile. A brisk daily walk and some vigorous playtime should satisfy his exercise requirements.


An adult male stands 17 in (43 cm) at the shoulder and weighs approximately 24 lb (11.5 kg). Females will be slightly less.


The coat is short, fine and has a lovely shine to it.


A variety of colours are found in this breed, ranging through chestnut red, black, tricolour or brindle, all with white feet, chest and tail tips. White legs, blazes and collars are optional.


The Basenji tends to groom itself like a cat, relieving owners of much of the work. Minimal brushing is required.


The body should be short and the back level. The chest should be deep
and of medium width. The ribs well sprung, with plenty of heart room,
deep brisket, short-coupled, and ending in a definite waist.


Should be set on top and curled tightly over to either side.


Coarse skull or muzzle. Domed or peaked skull. Dewlap. Round
eyes. Low set ears. Overshot or undershot mouths. Wide chest. Wide
behind. Heavy bone. Creams, shaded or off-colours, other than those
defined above, should be heavily penalized.”

(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)