Basenji Mixes: Which One Is Right for You

The following are some facts about basenjis: They have been bred since ancient times to hunt wild game like deer, boar, hare and bear. Their size varies from medium sized dogs up to large ones. Some breeds of dog are known for their hunting abilities such as the sighthound or the foxhound. Other breeds are known for their work skills such as the working sled dog or the herding dog.

Basenjis are often used as guard dogs. They are loyal and protective of their owners.

They do not bark much but they will growl if necessary. Basenjis love children and will protect them with their life.

They make excellent family pets because they enjoy playing fetch, chasing mice, lazing around the house and other activities which require little attention.

They are very intelligent and are able to learn new things quickly. They tend to get bored easily though so it is best if they have lots of playmates.

Basenjis are generally friendly towards strangers, but may become aggressive when cornered or threatened. If you live in an area where there is a high risk of dog bites, then consider getting one of these wonderful dogs as your companion!

Some of the basenji’s talents include: Hunting, tracking, jogging companion, watchdog and agility.

They are very clean dogs that will avoid mess if they can help it. They shed little to no fur and have very little body odor.

Owners should be prepared to clean up after them though as they will still pass manure like other breeds.

Stubbornness is probably their biggest fault. Owners should begin training as soon as they get their puppy.

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It is important to show them who is boss or they will try to rule the house!

They are generally healthy dogs, but there are some health issues which they are prone to such as: Gastric Torsion (GT), Congenital Deafness, Epilepsy and Hypothyroidism. All dogs should be tested for these conditions.

They should only eat dog food. Human food will give them diarrhea which could be dangerous.

They are fairly small animals and their stomachs are not very strong.

“A dog is a bundle of love wrapped in fur.” -kindness

About basenji mixes: What dog breed would you get if you wanted a dog that was intelligent, alert, energetic, friendly, playful, but not hyper or too big?

If you answered the basenji dog then you would be correct!

But what would you get if you bred a basenji with a different breed of dog?

There are several different basenji mixes or hybrids as they are sometimes called. The first one that was recognised as a breed was the basenjihound, which is the result of mating a basenji with an english hound. They look like basenjis but they have longer legs like foxhounds. They are still quite rare though. There are also similar breeds called basenjiBeagles and basenjis which have been bred with beagles.

Personality: Basenjis are friendly, loyal, playful and full of energy. They make excellent pets for active people who will spend lots of time playing and exercising with them.

On the other hand they are sometimes too energetic for elderly owners or for people living in apartments, and they need quite a bit of grooming. They are not the best choice for first time owners of dogs.

Basenjis are natural hunters and make excellent hunting dogs. They have a strong prey drive and will chase anything that runs from them, this sometimes means they will try to chase cars if they are on a leash too close to the road!

They can make good guard dogs as they will bark at people they don’t know.

Being hound dogs they have a very good sense of smell and they use this along with their tracking skills to hunt down their prey. This means that they can pick up the scent of any rodents that may be hiding in your house and set off in pursuit of them, which of course can be a very frustrating experience!

Unlike most other domestic dog breeds basenjis do not seem to have lost any of their hunting instincts over the years of domestication. They still make very good hunting dogs even if their quarry is now your sofa or the neighbour’s garbage cans!

They also have an unusual habit of “basenjiling”, which is when they pounce on small insects, birds and other prey and toss them into the air in order to catch them.

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Appearance: The basenji is a small dog weighing between 13-16lbs and standing about 10-12 inches tall. They have a short, glossy coat in red, black or brown tones and they have a distinct facial mask which covers their eyes, giving them a unique appearance.

Their ears are also rather large and hang down to the side of their face.

One thing that basenjis are famous for is that they do not bark. They are actually one of the only breeds of dog that does not bark.

However, this does not mean they are completely silent, basenjis will often make a yelping noise and they do tend to howl rather loudly!

Health: Basenjis generally have a life span of around 12-15 years. Like all breeds they are prone to certain health problems, such as hip dysplasia (malformed hip joints), gastric torsion (stomach twisting round), cystinuria (protein buildup which can lead to kidney failure) and diabetes.

As with all dogs they are also prone to skin disorders such as eczema and yeast infection. They are also very sensitive to heat and can overheat very quickly, always make sure they have access to water even if they don’t seem thirsty.

Their short coat means they do not really tolerate cold weather, basenjis should always have access to a warm blanket in colder months, without this extra warmth they can suffer from a condition called “cold tail” which is caused by a drop in body temperature.

Average cost of ownership: Basenjis are a rare breed and do not come cheap. On average you can expect to pay at least $600 for a basenji from a breeder, this price may go up to around $1000 if you want a puppy that has been registered with the AKC.

Taking your dog to a vet will cost on average between $50-$100 per visit. Food costs around $45 per month. Medical and dental emergencies as well as check ups will cost at least $500 every year. Licenses cost between $5 and $20 per year. The cost of having your basenji spayed or neutered is around $300.

Basenjis are one of the oldest known breeds of dog, they have their origins in Africa and were bred and used by ancient tribes that lived there. They are thought to be one of the closest dogs to the species “Canis Familiaris” from which all other dogs evolved.

More frequently kept as indoor house pets these days, basenjis were actually bred by African tribes for use as hunting dogs. They would chase and hunt small game such as antelopes, gazelles, rodents and even snakes.

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Despite their hunting background basenjis are not naturally aggressive towards people. They are quite friendly and good with children.

Basenjis are very intelligent dogs and owners have even reported that they can understand several hundred words! Because of this they can become bored quite easily, without a lot of mental stimulation they can become destructive or start to exhibit behavioural issues.

Females are called basenjis and males are called basenjis. You can meet and play with both when you visit a park or go for a walk.

Basenjis are very clean dogs. Owners will often say their basenjis have ‘human like’ habits.

This is because they are careful not to dirt their sleeping areas and often place their poop outside their dens!

In the wild basenjis live up to 16 years of age. However in captivity they tend not to live as long, around 12-15 years.

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