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Breed:

Basenji

Group (AKC):

Hound

Country of OriginZaire
Type of coatSmooth, short-haired, fine, silky coat
GroomingComb or brush his smooth coat and bathe when necessary. Daily exercise will prevent obesity.
Average height16 - 17 inches
Average weight21 - 24 lbs.
Activity levelHigh
WatchdogHigh. Depends on dog and owner attentiveness; doesn't bark to alert
ProtectionLow
IntelligenceHigh.
Trainability High. Rewards-based training produces best results
Compatibility with childrenYes, if properly socialized and supervised
CharacterIntelligent, affectionate
Ideal home environmentIndoor or outdoor dog that does best with a fenced yard and lots of exercise
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Short History:

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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