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|Country of Origin||Zaire|
|Type of coat||Smooth, short-haired, fine, silky coat|
|Grooming||Comb or brush his smooth coat and bathe when necessary. Daily exercise will prevent obesity.|
|Average height||16 - 17 inches|
|Average weight||21 - 24 lbs.|
|Watchdog||High. Depends on dog and owner attentiveness; doesn't bark to alert|
|Trainability||High. Rewards-based training produces best results|
|Compatibility with children||Yes, if properly socialized and supervised|
|Ideal home environment||Indoor or outdoor dog that does best with a fenced yard and lots of exercise|
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Basenji-type dogs are depicted on the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and date back to early 3600 B.C. Many details of its origins are unclear, but it is thought to have come from a purebred dog used by the Pygmies for hunting in the Congo. The Basenji was imported to England in the 1930's and then made its way to America in 1941. Not being able to swim very well, the Basenji instead traveled by chartered boat.
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