Basenji general features, temperament, health

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FCI # 43, Origin: Central African Region (Great Britain), Group 5.6 Spitz and Primitive type.

Height: 15-17 in, Weight: 20-26 pounds

Grooming: Low, Shedding: Medium, Coat: Short, shining, without undercoat.

Color: Black with white, red with white, tricolor, brindle with white.

Ease of training: High, Energy level: High,??Span of life: 10-12 years.

Breed: Basenji - one of the oldest breeds, which is widely known as "non-barking dog". The first traces of dogs, which??looked??like Basenji can be found in Egyptian tombs that are over six thousand years old: wall paintings, statues, boxes and other items of everyday life and worship, picturing a dog or made in a shape of a dog.

During excavation of the tombs of the fifth dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs in the tomb of??Tutankhamen??there were found Basenjis - embalmed, wrapped in beautiful fabrics impregnated with perfume, these dogs were wearing collars of precious stones.

Presumably, ??for the Egyptian pharaohs Basenjis have been more than just dogs for hunting, they were alive amulets which could protect their masters from the black magic and sorcery. And until now the natives of Central Africa believe that their "M` bwa m `kubwa M` bwa "(bouncing up and down) - the local name for the breed - can protect his master, take away the negative energy and restore the destroyed aura.

First dogs of Basenji type were brought from the source of the Nile as a gift to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Later, when the civilization of Egypt went into decline and ceased to exist, Basenjis were almost forgotten.

However, in the homeland of this breed in Central Africa, Basenjis were always appreciated for their mind, quickness, magical properties, hunting abilities, and ... silence. The natives are widely using all these abilities to hunt small animals: for chasing the game into the net, stalking a wounded beast, as well as for hunting cane rats - the evil creatures with the long teeth,??whose??weigh is almost ??the same as Basenji's, and the "silence" of the dog is playing in this hunt a huge role. In addition, the Basenji is used to accompany the hunters in the jungle and to alert them of the approach of some dangerous animals.

The official debut of the breed took place in 1937 at an exhibition of Crafts, where Basenji passed under exotic names: "Congo Terrier" and "The Hound of the jungle." America saw them at the same year.

After the Second World War, Basenji began their triumphal procession through Europe and America. And above all it is related to their show successes: a rare final "Best-in-show" is going without Basenjis, but it is difficult to enumerate all the exhibitions where those shiny newcomers from Africa became a winners.

In 1942 there was published the story of James Street, "Goodbye, My Lady," which is loved in America. In 1956 there was made a movie of the same name with Brandon de Wilde starring. This film won the hearts of ordinary Americans and arouse the great interest in the breed, which continues to this day.

Basenji dog breeds

General Features: Basenji is a small in size, shorthaired dog with the erect ears and a tightly folded into a ring tail.??This is a graceful dog with an elegant neck.

The appearance of Basenji is often compared to a miniature gazelle or a small deer.??The wrinkles on the forehead of these dogs look very cute and attractive, especially in the small puppies. Beautiful almond-shaped eyes of Basenji and the high set, pointed, slightly leaning forward ears are giving this dogs the unique look.

They have the athletic physique that gives them a deceptively ominous form, despite their small size.

They have a graceful gait of a thoroughbred racehorse.

Basenji's coat is short and fine. It comes in red and white, black and white and red tricolor, black and white as well as brindle and white.

Temperament: Basenji is a small, smooth haired, extraordinarily graceful and clever dog, which looks like a graceful gazelle. One of the Basenji's characteristic features is the lack of barking, but the health of this dog is absolutely fine, because it makes a lot of different sounds, relevant not only to any situation, but also to the Basenji's mood: a growl and giggle, mumble and groan, snort and original Tyrolean yodel, which is quite melodic, so as not to irritate even the most sophisticated ear.

Attractiveness also is given by the ears of Basenji - set high, pointed, slightly tilted forward, creating the impression of??attentiveness??and by the forehead covered with "wise" wrinkles. Basenji's tail is set high, tightly pressed and rolled up into one or two neat rings. Basenji has an easygoing nature, but not servile, this dog is curious and impish, boundlessly loves children, and is extraordinary clean.

This is a charming and lovely companion, very playful and affectionate at the same time, like a kitten. Many people are attracted to the sophistication and cleanliness of the dog that licks itself like a cat. This is the only breed of dogs that after a meal will not be wiping his soiled muzzle with the clothes of the owner or his hands or, even worse, a favorite chair. All this makes Basenji an ideal dog for those who like the house to be tide and clean.

When communicating with these dogs you are always affected by their glance, the enigmatic and mysterious. In this regard, there are many legends, one of them says that some time ago Basenjis were able to talk and once one of them learned a very important secret of his master, but, fearing to tell it to someone the dog never spoke anymore and only his eyes eloquently spoke that the dog knows something, that is under the cloak of secrecy.

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This breed has found a lot of fanciers and lovers in many admirers around the world. Some people find in Basenji loving and decent creature, others - merry companion, saving from loneliness. The third - a source of pride at the shows, but they all share one thing - love for these fashionably beautiful dog that is impressive, as the British lords, dressed in tuxedos.

And this dude can easily outsmart you and get what he wants with his natural charm, and not obstinacy. Basenji is absolutely fearless and can rebuff any of their own kind, but with people they are usually gentle and affectionate, but do not ever lose their dignity.

The list of lovers of this breed include representatives of the world's elite. Among them: the previous Queen Juliana of Holland, which was presented by her people with the portrait of Zara - her favorite Basenji ??pictured sitting on Queen's lap. The Egyptian King Farouk, who even after the abdication and departure in Monaco, did not part with his pets.

Many of the royal houses of the world are keeping the dogs of this breed for decades. Among them Queen Helen, Queen Mother of the Kingdom of Romania, Romanian King Michael and Queen Anne, the Princess Antoinette of Monaco kingdom, the former Crown Prince of Japan and many others.

Health problems: Some Basenjis may have problems with their kidneys. In some lines this dogs are prone to some eye issues.

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