Breed Fact

Country of OriginDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Height: Male: 41–43 cm, Female: 38–41 cm
Weight: Males 22 - 26 pounds (10 - 12 kg) Females 20 - 25 pounds (9 - 11 kg)
Color: Black, Red, Tri-color, Brindle, Black & White, Tan
Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Playful, Alert, Curious, Energetic, Intelligent, Affectionate
Litter Size: 1 - 7 puppies
Health Problems: This breed is prone to Fanconi's syndrome (kidney problems), which must be treated the moment the symptoms are noticed. Also, it is susceptible to progressive retinal atrophy, intestinal and eye problems.

The Basenji was first shown at Crufts in 1937 but was called an 'African Bush Dog' or 'Congo Terrier'.

Basenji are small, unusual, elegant, athletic dogs about the size of a fox terrier, with a smooth shiny coat of copper, red, black and tan, black and brindle. Usually with white feet and white on the chest and tip of the tail. Individuals may also sport a white facial blaze, white legs and/or a white collar. The back is level; the legs are long, and the forehead is furrowed with wrinkles, giving it a worried look.

The ears are straight and open in the front and its tail is set high and curls up over and slightly to either side of the back. Its eyes are small and almond shaped. Its thighs are muscular, and it has a flat skull. The breed has a distinctive, horse-like running gait.

The Basenji does not bark, but does have a lot of other unusual vocalizations. He may yodel, howl, growl or crow, depending on his mood. Unlike most other domestic breeds, which have two heats per year, the female Basenji comes into heat only once a year.