Unusual Breeds – Basenji

The Basenji - unusual breeds - K9 Control UK Dog Trainers



Country of Origin

Africa, The Congo


This breed is characterised more by something you can hear than something that you can see, because although stunning in appearance with their short striking coper coat and proud stance and tightly curled tail, the Basenji is known for not barking. However, that doesn’t mean he’s silent. His vocals range from a delightful yodel to a hair-raising scream. He also makes the usual growls, whimpers, and whines made by all dogs.

Dog Breed Group



General: 1 foot, 4 inches to 1 foot, 5 inches tall at the shoulder


General: 22 to 24 pounds

Life Span

10 to 12 years


The Basenji is highly intelligent and will quickly learn all of the commands that you teach him. However an incredibly stubborn streak means that he may choose not to obey these commands! This can be frustrating and it is important to understand their training needs before you take on this breed with their unique temperament and personality.

The nature of their breed means that they have a strong prey drive and cannot be trusted off the lead. This is also worth bearing in mind if you have other small pets in the home such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats etc, there is always the danger that the Basenji’s instinct to chase may take over.

That said, they love to play and make excellent watch dogs. It is said that they will defend their family and property and stand against an intruder with everything they have despite  their size.

They also make excellent show dogs thanks to their striking appearance and proud manner. They are very easy to prepare for the show ring as they have no need for trimming or complicated grooming.