Basenji Temperament.

As a breed their personality is hard to pin down,they have lots of character traits all rolled into one dog, some of which are quite contrary. New owners will find that  Basenjis adapt best when they are introduced into the home as a puppy.

Intelligent and alert, the Basenji is an affectionate though independently minded dog, they are almost catlike in their fastidious approach to personal hygiene .

Children: Basenjis are generally loving and bond very closely to their family particularly with children, the temperament and disposition of the breed is patient and eager to please, but respond much better with older children than young. There are also many other dog breeds that are good with kids.

Other animals: Won’t get along well with dogs apart from  another Basenji I or small animals.

Grooming: Basenjis, unlike many other dogs require very little grooming other than the normal brushing. They self groom brilliantly, very little shed. They are Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Exercise:  They need as much exercise as you can possibly give them. These are highly energetic dogs that need more than just an occasional walk around the block.

The Basenji’s temperament doe’s not like to be around or in water and will avoid it at all costs. You will have to almost trick them to get them in water,although, if they are in pursuit of something, they have been know to run in the rain.

Training: As a breed they can be hard to train because they can be very stubborn. Positive reinforcement is highly recommended when training Basenjis and making them into think it's their idea. They do want to please their owners its just that they are a bit headstrong.

Health: There are a few diseases and disorders that the Basenji is prone to getting, but Fanconi Syndrome is very serious. It is an inheritable kidney disorder that will show its symptoms after the age of four and a urine test can be given to the dog to test for the disorder.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Basenji Temperament

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The Basenjis Temperament is Quiet, Independent, Affectionate, Alert, and Aloof.

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Basenji  Information and Breed Notes

The Basenji or “Barkless Dog” is an ancient breed, going back to at least 3600 BC and is depicted on ancient Egyptian murals, where legend has it that they were brought from Central Africa as gifts for the Pharaohs, the name Basenji roughly translates to “Bush Thing”.

They were first encountered by European explorers to the African Congo, living with Pygmy's, these native tribesmen used the dogs as pack hunters, driving game into nets often wearing a large bell. Basenjis were first brought back to England in 1929 for breeding and along with subsequent imports from the Congo and Sudan they formed the breed’s foundation outside Africa. These early imports attracted lots of attention and it wasn’t long before they arrived in America. Basenjis retain a number of primitive traits, most notably is their inability to bark and a yearly, rather than twice yearly breeding cycle.

“...often called the barkless dog [it] is by no means noiseless. Although silent workers, these sight hounds break into a joyous yodel during play and when greeting owners…

Basenji's think situations are made for their entertainment , as in: ‘ Hmmmm, a hole- I’d better explore. Let’s make it bigger! A laundry basket- they must want me to empty it. A box of tissue- I’ll make confetti..”

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 BasenjisThe perfect owner is  easy going who wants a sweet natured independent dog for energetic walks, great for clean, tidy people and cat lovers.  Make sure you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

Not suitable for,  just leaving in the backyard  or for owners who wants an uncomplicated dog that will just obey commands.

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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