The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage. The Basenji is a small, short haired hunting dog from Africa. It is short backed and lightly built, appearing high on the leg compared to its length. The wrinkled head is proudly carried on a well arched neck and the tail is set high and curled. Elegant and graceful, the whole demeanor is one of poise and inquiring alertness.
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Basenjis, also known as African Barkless Dogs, are definitely distinct. Do her traits fit your lifestyle? They use their voices in a distinctive yodel or baroo to communicate their feelings with you!
The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog. It was bred from stock that originated in central Africa. Most of the major kennel clubs in the English -speaking world place the breed in the hound group , specifically in the sighthound type. The Basenji produces an unusual yodel -like sound, due to its unusually shaped larynx. Basenjis share many unique traits with pariah dog types. Basenjis, like dingoes , New Guinea singing dogs and some other breeds of dog such as Tibetan mastiffs , come into estrus only once annually, as compared to other dog breeds, which may have two or more breeding seasons every year. Both dingoes and Basenji lack a distinctive odor,  and are prone to howls, yodels, and other vocalizations over the characteristic bark of modern dog breeds.
Basenji temperament, personality, training, behavior, pros and cons, advice, and information, by Michele Welton , Dog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books. The AKC Standard says, "Elegant and graceful, his whole demeanor is one of poise and inquiring alertness. High-spirited and endlessly curious, the dapper, light-footed Basenji demands to be in on everything. Without enough physical and mental activity, he will become bored and then he may chew up your home or scale fences sometimes trees in search of a more interesting life. You must stay one step ahead of this thinking breed, for he uses his keen intelligence in clever, sometimes manipulative ways that suit his own purposes. Consistent leadership is a must. Basenjis are intriguing in that they are physically unable to bark. Yet they are still vigilant watchdogs due to their acute senses of sight and hearing, their wariness of strangers, their inherent distrust of anything new or different, and their territorial instincts.