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Basenji puppies

Africanadian Jem Of AhmahrNahr, "Jem" (adult)
Africanadian Guru Ahmahr Nahr, "Guru" and
Africanadian Khufu AhmahrNahr, "Khufu" (puppies)

Basenji adult
BPIS BPISS Ch Amore Africanadian Svengali Tali

Dogs of this type were known to the Egyptian pharaohs as early as 3600 BC. "Basenji" is Swahili for "wild and violent". 

Originally used by African natives to flush game and drive it into hunters' nets, the Basenji is believed to have developed from dogs used to hunt in the Congo. 

Although known as the barkless dog, the Basenji is by no means mute. He is capable of a variety of noises ranging from a crowing sound to an unhappy wailing noise.

The Basenji stands up to 17 inches at the shoulder. He has a smooth, short, glossy coat that can be black, chestnut red, brindle, or tri-coloured, all with distinctive white markings. As meticulous about personal cleanliness as any cat, the Basenji's grooming needs are minimal. 

The Basenji is affectionate and playful with his family but can be reserved with strangers.  Alert and active, he was renowned for his speed and agility while on the hunt. As a sighthound, the Basenji is curious and will go after whatever intrigues him. He must be fenced. He is highly intelligent and adept at outsmarting his prey, and often, his owner! He will benefit from early training and should be socialized from a young age to accept children and other pets. The Basenji may display aggression towards other dogs of the same sex. House training is generally easy with this breed.

Small, agile, and speedy, the Basenji requires daily outdoor exercise and some opportunity for play. As long as he can regularly stretch his legs, the Basenji can live in an urban or country environment. 


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Sanda Allen, Africanadian Basenjis

British Columbia 


Simone Gaudet
Mission, BC   
(604) 820-4445

Basenji head shot
Beaubri Reg'd




Diana Corlett
PO Box 67
Stauffer, AB  T0M 1W0
(403) 746-3323

Shamaron Reg'd



Sanda Allen
574 Portage Road
Petawawa, ON    K8H 2W8
(613) 633-9192

Africanadian Basenjis

Lynn and Dennis Arrand
10395 Pulbrooke
Windsor, ON  N8R 1C2
(519) 735-2568

Mankia Perm Reg'd

Carol McGrogan
279 Base Line Road West
London, ON   N6J 1W2
(519) 472-3644

Dalji Reg'd



Basenji Rescue and Transport




Did you know?

It was recently 
discovered that dogs 
DO see in colour,
but not as vividly as 
Dogs' colour vision
 is similar to that of 
humans at twilight.



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