Basenji

Medium Size

Moderate shedding

Good for first time owners

This dog has talent! Not only is it known for its tree-climbing skills, but it is also barkless, instead vocalising through the art of yodelling!

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Fans of the Sound of Music.

Not the best for ...

Those wanting a quiet life. The Basenji might not bark, but there ain't no mountain high enough to escape the ear-splitting yodels.

Aliases

African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog

Cross between

None

Origin

Congo

Size

Medium
Average size - could pick up if you had to in an emergency

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Smooth
Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

14 years

Good first dog?

Yes

HOW IT WORKS

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