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The Basenji, a short-haired hound dog breed originally from Africa, is often thought of as being similar to a terrier due to its feisty and rambunctious nature, but it’s also been compared to the mannerisms of a cat due to its personality. The Basenji is independent, stubborn and reserved but very clever and he loves to chase.
This dog breed doesn’t usually bark but they do have a whole other set of sounds including yodeling, shrieking and even howling when on the chase. He’s a fast dog, with great agility and speed and is highly talented at the double-suspension gallop with his longer legs.
Without regular exercise for his body and mind he may become destructive and very frustrated.
Give this ancient African dog daily activity in the form of a walk, run or playtime in a safely enclosed area to stimulate his mind and body and he’ll be content. He can only live outdoors in a warm climate but, like a cat he needs to have access indoors and out to be happiest.
He’s easy to care for, needing only an occasional brushing that will remove any dead hair lingering in his coat.
The Basenji is one of the most primitive, dating back to discovery with Pygmy hunters in the Congo. These hounds were used to drive hunting game into nets while wearing bells on their necks.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s an attempt was made to import them to England but these dogs all perished from distemper. Finally a few made it in the 1930s and these dogs became the fathers of the basenji (meaning bush thing) breed in the developed world.
They made it to America soon after and by the 1950s they had become a popular as a show dog and also as family pets after becoming the star of a movie. It wasn’t until the 1980s that this breed was allowed to compete in lure-coursing trials after being recognized by the American Sighthound Field Association.