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    Also known as: Congo Dog, Congo Terrier

    Group: Hound

    Origin: Central Africa (Congo)

    Today's Role: Companion Dog, Lure Coursing

    History and Facts: Basenjis were originally used in Ancient Times as pack hunters. This "barkless" dog is said to "yodel" when happy and "scream" when upset.

    Temperament / Behavior: An independent, "cat-like" breed that's friendly, feisty and strong-willed.

    Breed-Related Health Concerns
    Hypothyroidism, a type of inflammatory bowel disease called IPSID, hip dysplasia, Fanconi syndrome, a kidney disorder, and progressive retinal atrophy,

    Exercise: The Basenji will need vigorous daily walks and playtime. These dogs love to run and chase.

    Grooming: The Basenji needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing. These dogs are fastidious self-groomers.