Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 17 in (43cm) Bitch:16 in (40cm)
Weight: Dog: 24 lb (11 kg) Bitch:22 lb (10kg)
Coat: Short, sleek, close, and very fine
Color: Black, red, or black and tan; all should have white on chest, feet, and tail tip; white blaze, collar, and legs optional; black and tan with tan melon pips and black, tan, and white mask

The Basenji (meaning "bush thing") comes from central Africa and is also called the Zande Dog, Belgian Congo Dog, Congo Bush Dog, Bongo Terrier, Congo Terrier, and Nyam Nyam Terrier. Its likeness is depicted on the tombs of the pharaohs. Used as a hunting dog in its native land, the Basenji is famed for the fact that it does not bark, instead giving a kind of yodel. European explorers came upon the breed in the mid-19th century in the Congo and southern Sudan. The Basenji is playful, extremely loving, dislikes wet weather, and needs a reasonable amount of exercise. It washes itself like a cat and has no doggie smell, so a daily rub-down with a hound glove will suffice. The bitch comes into season only once a year, and pups may be destructive if unchecked.
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