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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.  Keywords:  Independent, Hound, Wash-and-wear

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

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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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