The Basenji is thought to be one of the oldest domesticated dogs. His reputation as a non-barking dog may be because early people preferred a quiet dog as a hunting companion. Basenjis do bark, but usually only once, and then they are silent.

Another interesting aspect of this breed is that it may be only partially domesticated. The Basenji’s metabolism is unlike that of any other domesticated dog, and females only cycle once a year, compared to twice a year for other domesticated dogs.

The Basenji was used by African tribes to flush game into nets, carry goods, and warn of approaching danger. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1943, and to this day the Basenji remains a rare breed in the U.S.

Michael Work took the photo, in the Northern Congo on the first trip the Americans made. The first trip was just Jon Curby and Michael Work.

Hunter with basenjis wearing bells In Africa.

The Basenji is alert, affectionate, energetic, and curious. It loves to play and makes a good pet as long as it is handled regularly from an early age. It is very intelligent and responds well to training with a strong desire to please. Height: Males 16-17 inches; females 15-16 inches. Weight: Males 22-26 pounds; females 20-25 pounds.

Veronica Tudor-Williams' dogs, around 1939. From the left: K'impi (F), Kwango (M), KooKoo (F), Kasui (F), Kavirondo (M). Thank you, Chris Maxka!

Basenjis were bred for hunting. They were used for flushing animals out of hiding places and into hunter’s nets and were also helpful in finding caches of eggs, pointing, and keeping villages rodent-free. Most dog breeds will hunt using either sight (like greyhounds) or smell (like beagles), but Basenjis use both sight and smell to find their prey.

Belled African Basenji. This is Rakkas Yulara's Congo girl Gali at the Stockholm dog show where she was in the booth ``To meet the breed``!

These dogs were trained to hunt lions. The Basenji is so fast they could run the lion to its death.

After the hunt with basenjis.<br /> This is a photo taken from the book “Land & Peoples for the Kasai” (M.W. Hilton-Simpson, 1911). This image was photographed in the same region where Mrs. Olivia Burn was able to acquire all the “of Blean” basenjis that are the original foundation basenjis for the entire breed out of Africa. This photo, and others in the book, were actually taken during the period 1907-1909.<br /> This photo from page 331 shows Bashilele hunters with their Basenjis (very nice ears and tails!) displaying the results of the day's hunt - a large wild boar.

A carved bell.

This is Gali (Avongara Angali) with a bell made of the nut from the borassus palm. She came to her owner Rakkas Yulara from Congo. This photo is taken when she was The Lure Corser of the Year!

This picture was taken by Chris Johns and published with the article titled ``Without Borders: Uniting Africa's Wildlife Reserves,`` September 2001, National Geographic magazine The quote that went with the article said: ``Fleet feet and eager dogs help a hunter in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, catch cane rats—abundant rodents prized for their meat.`` This is a remark for this page from Jo Myers Thompson.<br /> And I found this photo on Internet with title - Hunting with basenjis. They look very much alike.

Basenjis with hunting prey.

African kid with basenji puppy.

Did you know that the Basenji isn't related to most other modern dogs? Many experts believe that the Basenji actually come from the other lineage of a wolf-like ancestor than other dogs. Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago before humans transitioned to agricultural societies. Genomes of modern dogs show they are closely related, but not so much to the Basenji. The Basenji genome shows they are related more to the Dingo, with a common ancestor different from that of other dogs.

African hunters with basenji.

Basenji is a hunting dog.

October 20, 2013.Jo Myers Thompson with Baby Amisi in the Congo readied for departure on the long overland trek leaving his ancestral land.

Basenji - smaller black&white variety.

Basenji - smaller black&white variety.

Ruanda boy with basenji, 1991.

Tribes woman with two basenjis.

African with Basenji

After the hunt with basenjis

baby and basenji

Basenji wearing bell.

Basenji with family.

Basenji with tribal woman.

Bernadette - Photo from Michael Work

Carved wood bell. Most from the northeast of Congo and South Sudan are the kernel of the borasas palm fruit with wooden sticks or monkey bones for clappers

African family with basenji.

Mama and babies with basenjis.

Mama and babies with basenjis.

boys with basenji

girl with basenji

Some of the first basenjis to arrive in the U.S. (1938)

Photo from Michael Work

Team work

They ride like this

Photo from Michael Work

Photo from Michael Work

African boy with Basenji

Photo from Michael Work

Pygmies with Basenji

Text source: Crimson Glory Kennel