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An ancient breed, the Basenji was a gift to the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. He is a powerful hound in a small package (up to 17” tall and 24 lbs), and successful as a pointer and retriever. Playful and independent, they sometimes try and “outsmart” their trainers, which can be entertaining or frustrating, depending on the trainer’s outlook. They are known for not barking (though they are not silent, and have vocal cords), a dislike of water, and for keeping their short coats clean by self-grooming, much like a cat.

Independent, Hound, Wash-and-wear

The Basenji Club of America


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Basenji



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