The Basenji is a small breed of dog that originated in central Africa. They were originally bred as hunting dogs, used to track and retrieve small game such as duiker and bushbuck. They are known for their unique vocalization, their independence and for being one of the oldest known breeds.
The Basenji is an independent, curious and energetic breed. They have a high energy level and require regular exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behavior. They are also known to be very loyal and affectionate with their family, but can be reserved or aloof with strangers.
Due to their independence and strong hunting instincts, Basenjis require consistent, firm and positive training starting at an early age. They also require an owner who can establish themselves as the leader of the pack and set clear boundaries. They are known to be difficult to housebreak and obedience train.
Basenjis have a short, shiny, and silky coat that requires minimal grooming to maintain its condition. They are a low-shedding breed, but require regular brushing to remove loose hair.
Overall, the Basenji makes a good companion for experienced dog owners who have the time and energy to provide them with regular exercise and training. They are affectionate and loyal to their family, and make great watchdogs. They are not recommended for first-time dog owners or people who live in an apartment or have a small backyard. They also require a lot of patience and consistency in training and socialization. They are known to be a vocal breed, but they do not bark like most dogs, they yodel.