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One of the most ancient of dog breeds, the Basenji can be seen on Egyptian stele, looking exactly as they do today, right down to the pointed erect ears, and the tail that curls up over the back. Little has changed in the thousands of years that their existence has been recorded. They remained solely an African dog until well into the 20th century, serving as hunters and prey drivers for their native masters. The first exports to England succumbed to vaccinations, and while a handful survived to establish the breed in the 1930s, the gene pool was severely limited, and the stud book only allowed to reopen in 1990. The Basenji is popularized as a dog that doesn’t bark, which does not mean it is not vocal. Their unique larynx structure causes them to give a yodeling call,... (continued below)


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(continued) ...and also allows them to mimic other dogs’ barks. They are considered part of the hound group, where so many other hunters are listed. A small breed that is typified by their boxlike structure, being as long as they are tall, the Basenji ranges in height from 16-17 inches and weighs 22-24 lbs. Their colors include brindle, black, red, and tricolor, all of which may be combined with the appropriate white pattern. The hunting instinct of the dog remains strong, and needs to be redirected with appropriate training and activities. Known as a chewer, owners should be prepared to keep them supplied with acceptable objects. They get along well with other dogs, but may pursue smaller animals, unless they have been thoroughly socialized and taught what is acceptable behavior. Alert and intelligent, they make an excellent companion for older children and adults, but may not warm to strangers, or tolerate pursuit and excessive attention of toddlers. © DogDecor.com
 
 
     
 


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