Species group: Hound Group dogs
Other name(s): African Bush Dog; African Barkless Dog; Ango Angari; Congo Dog; Zande Dog
The dapper Basenji is the dog famous for being unable to bark. This classic breed goes back to the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs, whose tombs often depict these dogs sitting at the feet of their masters, with the upright ears and curled tail we see to this very day. Several African tribes prized this hunting hound for its courage, intelligence, and speed, and the legend says they were originally used to hunt lions. Like other hunting dogs, they tend to be active, intelligent, and eager to be with their humans. If you neglect the Basenji, it will find a way to get into trouble, even if it has to scale the fence to do it.
Don't assume the barkless dog is utterly silent. The Basenji is actually a good watchdog, alert and aware-- and capable of creating an alarm call sometimes described as a yodel or even a scream.
Appearance / health:
The Basenji is a small, lightly built dog with a wrinkled head and a tightly curled tail. They have slightly hooded ears and a flat, well-chiseled forehead. The eyes are almond-shaped and are generally hazel to dark brown in color. The gait is a swift trot, similar to a racehorse.
This breed requires little or no grooming. These dogs have a sense of cleanliness similar to the cat, and are quite clean. They emit very little odor. They may be sensitive to some shampoos. Bathing and shampooing can be done occasionally.
These dogs require a great deal of exercise to stay healthy, as they tend to become lazy if the owner is not careful about it. Running and jogging helps these dogs to stay active and fit.
Some Basenjis are known to suffer from a kidney disorder known as Fanconi syndrome, in which the kidneys are unable to properly reabsorb electrolytes and nutrients back into the body, but instead allow them to pass into the urine. To counteract these losses, as noted on periodic blood, urine and venous blood gas tests, inexpensive supplements must be given orally, daily, along with a high-protein diet. With proper supplementation, a Fanconi dog can live a nearly normal and relatively healthy life span. Currently, there is a genetic Fanconi "bridge" test which can identify carriers and potential afflicted Basenjis before breeding
Eye problems, particularly PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) are of concern with Basenjis. Hypothyroid problems are fairly common, and umbilical hernias are common but usually of little concern and don't cause problems requiring surgery.
Behavior / temperament:
One of the most remarkable aspects is that they do not bark but they do yodel, whine, or squeal. Aloof and mischievous, they may try to test the owner's patient some times. They are fast runners and love to chase. In a habit similar to cats, Basenjis tend to clean themselves all over. They lack a doggy odor, and hence are suitable for living indoors with their masters. Their incessant chewing may be a source of concern to the owner. They should not be approached from behind. With strangers, they prefer making the first overtures. The females come into season only once during a year, usually during the winter months. They develop boredom easily, and require adequate amounts of mental stimulation.
Basenjis learn very quickly using positive methods of training like clicker training or lure/reward methods. They are one of the "independent breeds" of dog, and the trick is to convince them that it is in their best interests to do what you want them to do (think of training a cat...). If you take a Basenji to a class that is run by someone who uses leash-jerking or negative methods of training, they will probably flunk the class with a very truculent attitude. With positive, lure-reward methods of training, they will probably lead the class!
They do not bark, but can be noisy by yodeling or whining, especially when left alone.
intelligent dog, great personalities, tidy short coat, clowning around, wonderful little dogs
mischief making, escape artists, Stubborn Dog, novice dog owner, natural prey drive, independent dog
yodel, feral type, Pariah Dog, Barkless Dog Basenji, alternative vocalizations
The barkless dog
The basenji is a very unique breed of dog. They act more like a cat, and like to sleep curled up. They will eat anything you leave within their reach though, so be careful about where you put things. They don't have the ability to bark, so if you need a dog to be quiet because you live with people around you like an apartment, the basenji would be perfect you. Overall the basenji is a great breed of dog, I've owned 3, all rescues, and they have been wonderful..
From Cmrogers99 Apr 7 2015 7:35PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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