“AFRICAN BARKLESS DOG” is the most common name for the Basenji


The Basenji is probably one of the oldest breeds of domesticated dog. Paleontologists tell us that the first domesticated dogs looked a lot like Basenjis.

Out of Africa, the Basenji dog breed was originally found in Congo. He uses both scent and sight to hunt and was originally used to flush small game into hunter’s nets and to control the village rodent populations. Clever and endearing, he’s a good companion for the person or family who can stay a step ahead of him.

The breed was first known in the modern world as the Congo Terrier, the other names are African bush dog, Bongo, Nyam – Nyam, Zande dogs.

Facts about Basenji


–  Basenjis are NOT hypoallergenic dogs
– Basenjis need cca 10 km of running or walking per day.
– Basenjis shed twice a year.
– Basenjis have to stay on a leash.
– Basenjis cannot be left alone for more than 6 hours per a day.
– Basenjis are not for children up to 5 years old.
– Basenji generally don’t like water or rain. Don’t expect any swimming of them in a river or sea.
–  Basenjis need clothes in colder weather
– NEVER UNCURL A BASENJI’S TAIL because they have sensitive bones inside the tail.
– NEVER TOUCH SLEEPING BASENJI – first wake him up with your voice then you can touch him.


Basenji is a classy dog and he knew this from the time he was a small puppy.

They carry themselves with poise and grace. Their total demeanor exudes intelligence and self-confidence. Just watching this beautiful dog stroll around the yard is like seeing art in motion.

Basenji attracts admirers of medium size with short coat, small, muscular body, alert demeanor, erect ears, and tail curled tightly over one hip. Basenji’s eyes are typically almond-shaped. A wrinkled head makes him look worried and sometimes mischievous.


Country of origin: Republic of Congo


Height:                                                                        Weight: 

Females- around 9-10 kg                                      Females grow 40-42 cm

Males grow 43-45 cm                                             Males – around 11-12kg


Coat: Short, pliant and fine.


Color: Basenjis come in a variety of colors including tri-colors, black and white, black, brindle, red and tan.


Temperament: An intelligent, independent, but affectionate and alert breed


This little African dog has come from its jungle homeland and not only invaded our civilization, but our hearts too. After a few days they are no longer dogs around the house, but a fascinating lovely part of the home. In fact, they are dogs, cats, children and the essence of the wild all in the form of a little red creature.

Basenji is very attached to his owners, he needs physical contact most of the time.

He is very happy if he can share a bed with you, watch TV with you, or even go to the bathroom with you.

Owners will testify to the Basenji’s phenomenal intelligence, his inventiveness, his curiosity, and his clownish sense of humor. An independent thinker, the Basenji is charming as well as trying. You cannot but only fall in love with this extraordinary breed.