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.
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.