Also known as: Congo Dog, Congo Terrier
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.