Earlier this week, I tackled the topic of anti-barking dog collars; what they are; and how effective they are. I would like to continue with the topic a bit.
Basenji, nicknamed as the Barkless Dog, is a muscular, elegant and athletic hunting dog from Africa. Its name means "Bush thing" in Swahili. The Basenji hunts by both sight and scent. It is known as the African Barkless dog, the Basenji never barks but does have a lot of other unusual vocalizations.
It may yodel, howl, growl or crow, depending on its mood. The Basenji is roughly the size of a fox terrier. Its tail curls off to one side of its muscular thighs. The breed has a distinctive, trotting horse-like running gait. The Basenji is alert, affectionate, demanding, energetic and curious.
It loves to play and makes a good pet as long as it is handled on a regular basis from an early age. It is elegant and graceful. Its balanced structure and the smooth musculature enable it to move with ease and agility. Unlike most other domestic breeds, which have two heats per year, the female Basenji comes into heat only once a year.
Chestnut red; pure black; tricolor (pure black and chestnut red); or brindle (black stripes on a background of chestnut red), all with white feet, chest and tail tip. May also have a white facial blaze, white legs and/or a white collar.
Its coat is short and fine, the skin is very pliant. It is a light shedder and good for people with allergies. Since this breed washes itself like a cat it has no doggie smell.
The Basenji is prone to kidney problems (Fanconi's syndrome - it must be treated the moment the symptoms are noticed) progressive retinal atrophy, intestinal, and eye problems. To minimize the risk of your Basenji developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Basenji puppy from a reputable breeder.