Basenji: Traits, Health, Diet and Care


Dive into the captivating world of Basenjis, the 'barkless dogs.' From understanding their unique traits to mastering the art of their care and training, this comprehensive guide provides you with all you need to know about these fascinating dogs. Join us on this journey to a fulfilling companionship with your Basenji.

Coat Type: Smooth
Coat Length: Short
Male Height: 17 inches
Female Height: 16 inches
Male Weight: 24 pounds
Female Weight: 22 pounds
Life Expectancy: 13-14 years

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability level
Affectionate with family
Drooling level
Barking level
Coat grooming frequency
Energy level
Good with other dogs
Good with young children
Mental stimulation needs
Openness to strangers
Playfulness level
Shedding level
Trainability level
Watchdog protective nature


Basenjis, often referred to as the "barkless dog," hold a unique charm that has captivated dog lovers worldwide. Known for their sleek build, agility, and a horde of distinct features, these dogs are gaining popularity among families and individuals alike.

This article delves into the fascinating world of Basenjis, exploring their personality traits, dietary needs, common health concerns, and effective training methods. It offers a comprehensive guide for anyone who owns or is considering getting a Basenji. With nuggets of wisdom on how to cater to their specific needs and ensure a healthy, fulfilling life for these dogs, this article is a treasure trove of information.

Whether one is curious about their dietary requirements, intrigued by their unique behavior, or interested in learning about their common health concerns, this article provides valuable insights. It also explores how products like the 'Tibetian Dog Chew' and Puffs can contribute positively to a Basenji's life.

So, embark on this journey to discover more about these wonderful dogs, and unlock the secret to a happy and healthy companionship with a Basenji.

Basenjis Traits and Characteristics

  • Known as the "barkless dog," Basenjis are unique for their quiet nature. However, they do make other sounds like yodels, howls, or growls when expressing themselves.
  • These dogs have a sleek and athletic build which contributes to their agility and speed. They have a short, fine coat that comes in various colors including chestnut red, black, brindle, or tricolor (black and chestnut).
  • The expressive almond-shaped eyes of Basenjis are typically dark hazel to brown, imparting an intelligent and alert expression.
  • Despite their size, these dogs are sturdy and well-balanced. They are small to medium-sized, usually weighing between 22 to 24 pounds, and standing about 16 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Basenjis are intelligent and independent, often described as cat-like in their behavior. They are known to clean themselves just like cats do.
  • These dogs are highly energetic, requiring plenty of mental and physical stimulation. If not provided with enough exercise, they may resort to chewing or other destructive behaviors.
  • Basenjis are affectionate and form strong bonds with their family. However, they can be reserved and cautious around strangers.
  • They are typically good with children and can get along with other dogs if properly socialized. However, due to their high prey drive, they may not be suitable for homes with small pets.
  • Basenjis are known for their hunting skills. They have keen eyesight and a strong sense of smell, making them excellent trackers.
  • These dogs have a strong instinct to chew. Providing them with safe and appropriate chew toys, like the 'Tibetian Dog Chew' which is 100% natural and long-lasting, can help manage this behavior.
  • Finally, Basenjis are known for their longevity, often living up to 13-14 years. This lifespan, however, can be influenced by various factors including diet, exercise, and routine veterinary care.

Food and Nutrition - Keeping Basenjis Healthy

A balanced diet is crucial for Basenjis, considering their high energy levels and specific nutrient requirements. Like all dogs, they need a diet that is rich in protein to support their muscle development and overall health. Be sure to provide a diet that meets at least the minimum crude protein requirement of 56.2%.

Carbohydrates are also important as they provide energy for these active dogs. However, it's best to choose dog foods with complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes or brown rice to prevent spikes in blood sugar levels.

Fats are essential too, particularly omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as they contribute to a healthy coat and skin. But keep in mind to provide low-fat dog food, as too much fat can lead to obesity.

Don't forget about fiber, which aids in digestion. Just ensure the crude fiber content doesn't exceed 0.4% to prevent any digestive issues.

As for treats, it's wise to opt for ones that are high in protein and low in fat, like the 'Tibetian Dog Chew'. This chew is made from Yak and Cow Milk, Salt, and Lime Juice, and is 100% natural, hand-crafted, and long-lasting. It's an excellent option to keep your Basenji busy and satisfy their chewing instincts. However, remember, this chew is not an alternative to a dog's primary diet but should be used as an occasional treat.

It's also important to feed the dog several times a day - usually, two meals a day are sufficient for adult Basenjis.

Finally, providing clean, fresh water at all times is essential to a dog's health. The moisture content in the dog's diet should not exceed 14% to prevent dehydration.

In all, selecting good dog food for Basenjis, considering their unique nutritional needs, can go a long way in ensuring they live a long, healthy life.

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Health Information of Basenjis

Basenjis, like any breed, have their own set of common health problems. Potential owners should be aware of these issues to provide the best care and early interventions if needed.

One of the most common diseases in Basenjis is Fanconi Syndrome, a kidney disorder. This can be managed with a proper diet and medication, but regular veterinary check-ups are crucial for early detection and treatment.

These dogs are also prone to hip dysplasia, a condition that can cause discomfort and mobility issues. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help manage this condition.

Another health concern specific to this breed is Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), a degenerative eye disorder. While currently there's no treatment for PRA, early detection can help manage the condition and prepare for potential vision loss.

When it comes to routine care for Basenjis, regular grooming is relatively simple due to their short coat. However, dental hygiene is crucial, as dental diseases are common in this breed. Regular brushing of teeth and providing safe chew toys can help maintain their oral health. The 'Tibetian Dog Chew' is great for this purpose. It satisfies the Basenjis' urge to chew, while its hardness helps in cleaning their teeth, promoting dental health.

Anxiety in dogs, especially in Basenjis, can be quite common. Providing a safe environment, plenty of physical and mental stimulation, and a consistent routine can help manage this condition.

As for their lifespan, Basenjis are known for their longevity, often living up to 13-14 years. However, this lifespan can be influenced by various factors including diet, exercise, and routine veterinary care.

In summary, taking care of a Basenji requires understanding and addressing their unique health needs. With regular check-ups, a balanced diet, and plenty of exercise, these dogs can lead a full and healthy life. It's also beneficial to provide them with high-quality chew toys, like the 'Tibetian Dog Chew', to keep them busy, satisfy their chewing instincts, and support their dental health.

How To Train and Care Basenjis

Training a Basenji can be a rewarding experience, provided the right approach is used. These dogs are intelligent and independent, which can make them somewhat challenging to train. However, with patience, consistency, and the right incentives, they can learn to follow basic dog training commands.

One recommended method is positive reinforcement. This involves rewarding the dog for good behavior, which encourages them to repeat it. Treats are often used as rewards during training, and our Puffs product is an excellent choice. Made from the same natural ingredients as the 'Tibetian Dog Chew' – Yak and Cow Milk, Salt, and Lime Juice – these puffs are a healthy and delicious treat that Basenjis will love.

To utilise the Puffs product effectively, give one as a reward immediately after the dog performs the desired behavior. This helps the dog associate the behavior with the reward, reinforcing the training.

Another important aspect of training Basenjis is socialization. Exposing them to various people, environments, and situations at a young age can help them become well-rounded adults. This can also help reduce anxiety in dogs, as they become more comfortable in different situations.

Exercise is crucial for Basenjis, given their high energy levels. Regular walks, playtime, and mental stimulation can prevent destructive behaviors like chewing everything in sight. Incorporating products like the 'Tibetian Dog Chew' can also be beneficial in managing their chewing behavior.

Obedience training for Basenjis at home can also be accomplished with consistency and patience. Start with simple commands like 'sit', 'stay', and 'come', gradually moving to more complex ones. Remember, short training sessions repeated throughout the day are more effective than long ones.

In all, training a Basenji requires a balance of patience, consistency, and the right rewards. With our Puffs product, training becomes a more enjoyable experience for both the dog and the owner, contributing to a stronger bond and a well-behaved pet.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Basenjis

Why is my Basenji not barking?

Basenjis are often referred to as the "barkless dog." While they might not bark like other dogs, they do make other sounds like yodels, howls, or growls to express themselves.

My Basenji is chewing everything. What should I do?

Basenjis have a strong instinct to chew. Providing them with safe and appropriate chew toys, like the 'Tibetian Dog Chew', can help manage this behavior. Regular exercise and mental stimulation can also prevent destructive chewing behavior.

How can I train my Basenji at home?

Basenjis can be trained at home using positive reinforcement techniques. Rewarding good behavior with treats, like our Puffs product, can encourage them to repeat it. Consistency and patience are key in training these independent and intelligent dogs.

What should I feed my Basenji?

Basenjis require a balanced diet rich in protein, with sufficient amounts of carbohydrates, fats, and fiber. The 'Tibetian Dog Chew' can be used as a high-protein, low-fat treat to supplement their diet. However, remember that this product is not an alternative to a dog's primary diet.

What are some common health problems in Basenjis?

Basenjis are prone to certain health issues like Fanconi Syndrome, hip dysplasia, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Regular veterinary check-ups can help detect these conditions early and manage them effectively.

How often should I groom my Basenji?

Basenjis have a short coat and do not require frequent grooming. However, regular dental hygiene is crucial. Chewing toys like the 'Tibetian Dog Chew' can help maintain their oral health.

How can I manage anxiety in my Basenji?

Providing a safe environment, regular exercise and mental stimulation, and a consistent routine can help manage anxiety in Basenjis. Early socialization can also help them become more comfortable in different situations.

What is the lifespan of a Basenji?

Basenjis are known for their longevity, often living up to 13-14 years. This lifespan, however, can be influenced by various factors including diet, exercise, and routine veterinary care.


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