Basenji: 15 facts you need to know

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Basenji: 15 facts you need to know

1️⃣ Basenji is a dog that comes from Central Africa and can’t bark.

2️⃣ Basenjis shed their fur. It is a total myth that they don’t shed or cause any allergies.

3️⃣ Basenjis are real hunters and can make independent decisions.

4️⃣ Basenjis are sometimes fearful. They get anxious when they hear noises and see suspicious objects.

5️⃣ Basenji is a very active breed that doesn’t get tired easily. A 7-hour walk? No problem! And be warned: whatever energy they haven’t burnt outside, they will burn at home. 🙈

6️⃣ Basenjis are hunters, they are easily controlled except for the case when they are following their prey (which might be a bicycle, a car or a dog running by…).

7️⃣ It is hard to motivate basenjis and they must be busy with something (not just physically, but mentally as well).

8️⃣ Basenjis are quite irritable with other dogs.

Very special games are one of their particularities. Basenjis love playing catch and pinching each other’s sides. And as normal as it may seem to them, other types of dogs might react in a less friendly way.

9️⃣ Basenjis are foodies and will eat everything and everywhere. There’s no innate sense of measure in them, and you’ll have to put a lot of effort into teaching them to not pick things up from the ground.
The majority of basenjis are motivated by food.

1️⃣0⃣ Basenjis are not emotional, so don’t expect them to wag their tail all the time and be happy about your every step.

1️⃣1️⃣ Basenjis being one of the most untrainable breeds is a myth.

1️⃣2️⃣ Basenjis are great at jumping, and they’ll easily jump on your windowsill.

1️⃣3️⃣ Basenjis are very clean and won’t have a dog-like smell.

1️⃣4️⃣ Basenjis use their paw to clean their face, just like cats.

1️⃣5️⃣ The owner of a basenji must be a confident and an even-tempered person. One thing is being a leader, and another – being a boss. If you are a leader and a partner for your basenji, then you’ll find a common ground. But basenjis will have anyone with a weak character wrapped around their finger. Being a tyrant, though, is also not a good strategy to use with basenjis either.