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Basenji Info

Basenji Breed Information

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Lifespan: 10-12 years Height: 15-17" Shedding: Lite Litter Size: 4-6 pups
Group: Hound Weight: 20-26 lbs Hair Length: Short Size: Medium

Breed Overview

The Basenji is a Medium dog breed, with a starting weight of 20 lbs that can reach 26 lbs. It is officially part of the Hound group and recognized by the CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR. Some critical information for potential owners. The Basenji breed has a typical lifespan of 10 to 12 years, Short hair, and have Lite shedding. Breeders interested in the Basenji should know that the average litter size is between 4 to 6 puppies.

Basenji Breed Characteristics

Group Hound Drooler no
Size Medium Guard Dog no
Origin Egypt Easy to Train
Kid Friendly yes Hypoallergenic yes
Stranger Friendly somewhat Active Indoors yes
Apartment Friendly yes Exercise Demands no
Pet Friendly no Yard Needs small
Intelligent no Grooming Requirements weekly
Barks minimal Dangerous no

Basenji Temperament

affectionate, curious, energetic, alert, continuously aware of his surroundings, and love to play, does best with older children

Health Problems

kidney problems, progressive retinal atrophy, intestinal, and eye problems

Basenji Coat

Basenji Dog Colors

Chestnut red; pure black; tricolor; or brindle; all with white feet, chest and tail tip.

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