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The Basenji – The Barkless dog of Africa

Whilst it is said that the Basenji can not bark, it is known for the unusual yodeling sound they make, when they have something to say. An ancient breed originating from the Congo, they are renowned for their speed and ability to both scent and sight hunt. Originally used to flush small game into hunters’ nets and to control village rodent populations, they are well known now as the most loyal and loving of pets.

Incredibly clever and unbelievably fast, they do require regular exercise, having said that, they adapt incredibly well to small garden living, provided they get enough walks to keep their energy levels happy and their brains occupied.

Basenjis are quite reserved dogs, so should be socialised when young.

Basenjis in Cape Town, enjoying their RDD basket from DogOnline

Fun Facts

  • Their unusual yodeling voice, comes from having a uniquely shaped larynx, which instead of a “bark” produces their distinctive yodeling sound, also called a barroo.
  • Other names used for the breed include: African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog, Ango Angari, Congo Dog, Zande Dog
  • The Basenji is known to have an impressive top speed of 40.24km/h
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