The Basenji is a intelligent, independent, and affectionate small dog breed that can bring a lot of love and happiness into your life. The Basenji may also be called by the name of The Barkless Dog, which is why you may not have heard of this amazing dog yet. The Basenji can live anywhere from 10 to 12 years, giving everyone around them a lasting experience with their intelligent, independent, and affectionate personality! The Basenji belongs to the Hound breed group due to many factors that resulted in them being put into this group. The Basenji is equally liked and disliked when it comes to popularity, this means that you may or may not love it. If you like what you have read so far, the Basenji may be the perfect small dog for you, please continue reading and you may find your perfect pet!

Body Characteristics

The Basenji is a Medium size small dog with a build described as small muscular body with alert ears and curled tail, making it the perfect dog for your home. The Basenji, or The Barkless Dog, varies in height from anywhere between 16in to 17in, which may be a deciding factor for many who are looking into this small dog. The Basenji can weigh between 22lbs to 24lbs making it an excellent choice for those who are looking for a Medium small dog! Those who are looking for a small dog with a Short, short, fine, and shiny type coat, should look no further because this is the dog for them. Those who are looking to buy one of the Basenji will find that they are available in the colors of chesnut red, black, black and chesnut, or black stripes on a chesnut background.


The Basenji is average when it comes to intelligence, it may surprise you at the things it can learn, but may not be able to do simple things like shake. If you are looking for a challenge, then the training the Basenji dog may be a task that you are up to taking because it will not be easy. The Basenji is the type of dog that can go from playful and crazy to calm and lazy, which can be a great benefit for your family. When it comes to energy, the Basenji ranks as average, one day it might be the most energetic dog ever and the next it might want to sleep all day long. The Basenji is not an affectionate dog and in result may not do well with a lot of people trying to cuddle and pet it like some children may do. The Basenji can tolerate children on occasion, however it is not recommended to place this dog in a home where children reside. The Basenji is below average with new people, so you may not want to introduce many to it at the same time as it make become overwhelmed. The Basenji is above average as a watchdog, it will, in most cases, try to ward off intruders and let you know of their presence. The Basenji is below average when it comes to other dogs, it will not do well in a home where there are other dogs unless they grow up together. The Basenji, like the Australian Terrier, Pomeranian, or Miniature Bull Terrier is below average when it comes to being around cats, it will not end well if the two encounter each other.


If you are looking for a dog that does not shed, the Basenji is a perfect choice for your home. The Basenji is hypoallergenic and is a great dog for those who have allergies but still want a pet. The Basenji has a Short short, fine, and shiny coat that does not require a lot of grooming, it is a very low maintenance dog. The Basenji is not a very health dog, it is known to have a lot more health problems than the average dog. Some of the health issues that you may be faced with when you welcome the Basenji into your life include Faconi Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Persistant Puillary Membrane, and Hip Dysplasia. The Basenji, like all dogs, will need to have routine visits to the vet and groomer, the upkeep for this dog is $1000 per year.