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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Basenji - Known as The Barkless Dog Breed


The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog that was bred from stock originating in central Africa.

They are small, elegant-looking, short-haired dogs with erect ears, a tightly curled tail and a graceful neck. A basenji's forehead is wrinkled, especially when the animal is young or extremely old. Basenji eyes are typically almond-shaped, which gives the dog the appearance of squinting seriously.

They typically weigh 24 pounds (11 kg) and stand 16 inches (40.6 cm) at the withers.

They are a square breed, which means that they are as long as they are tall. The basenji is an athletic dog and is deceptively powerful for its size. They have a graceful, confident gait like a trotting horse, and skim the ground in a double-suspension gallop, with their characteristic curled tail straightened out for greater balance, when running flat-out at their top speed.

Barking:
Basenjis are an ancient breed cut off from other breeds forever and was never bred out of the pure. They have a different shaped larynx that doesn't allow them to make a true bark like other breeds. But all basenjis do a pretty good job of faking it by just cutting a yodel or baroo short.


Temperament:
The basenji has the unique properties of not barking (it makes a low, liquid ululation instead) and cleaning itself like a cat. Often, the Basenji is commonly referred to as the shrieking dog, or screaming child dog.

Basenjis do not respond well to punishment, such as yelling and hitting, which can cause them to utter a warning growl.

Lifespan:
The median lifespan of 13.6 years. Which is 1–2 years longer than the median lifespan of other breeds of similar size. The oldest dog in the survey was 17.5 years. Most common causes of death were old age (30%), urologic (incontinence, Fanconi syndrome, chronic kidney failure 13%), behavior ("unspecified" and aggression 9%), and cancer. (9%).

Grooming:
The Basenji washes itself like a cat and has no dogie smell, so very little grooming is needed. This is a good dog for people with allergies. This breed sheds little to no hair.

They are also know as: African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog, Ango Angari, Congo Dog, Zande Dog













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