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Basenjis are shrewd, curious and loving. They tend to choose a single human and bond incredibly deeply with them. Their high intelligence makes them very trainable, although they are sensitive; so harsh criticisms will definitely backfire. Be kind to your Basenji, and you will have the closest of companions.

Adult Size

  • Medium
  • Small

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Little

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Comfortable Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Hound Group

Coat Length

  • Very Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Smooth Coat


  • Black & White
  • Black Brindle & White
  • Black Tan & White
  • Blue Cream & White
  • Brindle & White
  • Cream & White
  • Mahogany Tan & White
  • Red & White
  • Sable & White


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Occasional Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 14-16″
  • 17-20″

Full Grown Weight

  • 21-25lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Does Well in Hot Weather
  • Thrives in Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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