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)