The key point why it is worth choosing Bassenji is that they were not artificially bred and because of this they have excellent health and strong immunity. These dogs are well built and muscular due to their activity and mobility.

  • Origin Egypt, Growth 20 - 40 cm., Weight 6 - 10 kg.
  • Lifespan 10-15 years


Wool length



Mind and wit

Average cost

0 - 1293 $



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Name of the breed: Basenji

Fit for allergics: Yes

For families with children: Yes

Difficulty of care: No

Dog guard: No

Guide-dog: Yes

Ability to train: Yes

Interesting Facts Curious facts about the breed

1. Bassenji is also called the "African barking dog." And this is really true. The only sounds that representatives of this breed make are characteristic rumblings (only in case of anxiety or frustration).
2. The fact why Bassenji does not bark is fanned by many myths. The most common of them is the following: the dog heard the terrible secret of one of the members of the human tribe, and in order not to give it out, the pack of Bassenji agreed to remain silent. As a result, this silence continues to this day.

3. Dogs of this breed do not smell at all, even after rain.
4. At the beginning of the last century, the Bassenji were exhibited at the Berlin Zoo as exotic animals.
5. In Africa, Bassenji is credited with magical properties: it is generally accepted that this dog is able to take on negative energy, thereby protecting its owner.

story A bit of history

African not barking dog - this is also what the most ancient Bassendji dogs are called. The first mention of it dates back to about 3000 BC. It occurred naturally in Central Africa.
In ancient Egypt, Bassenji was highly regarded and considered a living talisman. Based on this, the beliefs of representatives of this breed were brought in specially as a gift to the pharaohs, as evidenced by the presence of dog images in the tombs of the pharaohs, as well as the found remains of mummies buried with all honors.

Description Breed description

Ideal height: 40-43 cm, weight: 9-11 kg.
Bassenji are often compared to a deer due to their grace and elegance.
Their coat is short, but rather thick. Wool coat color is very bright and saturated and is found in the following colors:

• Black and white
• Black with white and red
• Bright red with white
• Brindle

Regardless of the color of the paw, the chest and the tip of the tail are always white.

Care Nutrition, content, education

Bassenji unpretentious care because of its wild origin. She does not like water at all and it is worth bathing her only in case of emergency. Short hair does not require close care. Often this breed is compared to a cat: dogs are neat and tidy, they are able to keep their wool clean. Plus, this breed practically does not fade.

In nutrition, Bassenji is unpretentious: you can feed both dry food and natural products. Meat, boneless fish, cereals, dairy products, eggs must be present in the diet. Bassenji - skillful beggars, so that the owners should always be alert, so as not to overfeed their pet.

You need to take into account the fact that it is necessary to educate and train them. However, the respect of this dog must first be earned and shown in which place it is, and in which owner.
Training can be very difficult, as the dog is very stubborn. Preference is worth more to encouragement than to punishment.

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