The basenji is an ancient breed that was depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics as early as 3600 B.C. Early explorers to Africa found the dogs, wearing large bells around their necks, among Pygmy tribes. The dogs were being used in hunting to help capture game in nets.
Although many attempts were made to bring this breed to England, it wasn’t until the 1930’s that the transfer was successful. These first few dogs, along with additional dogs brought from the Congo and Sudan, were the basis of the breed, whose name means “bush thing.”
In 1941, with the dog’s growing popularity, basenjis were brought to America as both a pet and a show dog. In 1956, the movie Good-bye, My Lady brought attention to the breed, specifically its ability to “yodel” rather than bark. In the 1980s, more basenjis were imported from Africa in order to widen the breed’s gene pool. This was an attempt to reduce hereditary health problems, but it also introduced the now-recognized brindle colorings. The basenji also became recognized as a sighthound and began competing in lure-coursing trials.
Basenji do not bark, but rather make a yodel noise. They also howl, growl and crow, depending on the dog’s mood
The Basenji is alert, affectionate, energetic and curious. It loves to play and makes a good pet, as long as it is handled regularly from an early age. It is very intelligent, responds well to training with a strong desire to please. They can be reserved with strangers, socialize well. The Basenji is somewhat reserved, but can still form strong bonds with humans. It should not be trusted with non-canine pets. They do best with children who understand how to display leadership towards the dog. The Basenji dislike wet weather. They like to chew, so giving them lots of toys of their own would be a good idea. The breed likes to climb and can easily get over chain wire fences. It has the unique properties of not barking (it makes a low, liquid ululation instead) and of cleaning itself like a cat. It can be described as speedy, frisky, tireless at play.
This dog belongs to a friend of mine. Almost stole my piece of pie from the plate:)) Very agile!!!