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Basenji |Democratic Republic of the Congo|

Basenji |Democratic Republic of the Congo|

Basenjis are fascinating and rewarding dogs that bond strongly with their owners and can be extremely playful. They are independent and inquisitive, noted for their problem-solving abilities. They are unusual in that they are barkless, although they do vocalize through a range of yodels, and are sometimes described as “cat-like” in some of their behavior.

History

Recent genetic testing has discovered that these intelligent dogs are among the oldest type in the world and, as such, are an important link to ancient history. Their name means “wild dog from the bush,” and it was in the remote bushlands of Africa that they developed their unique characteristics. The breed was not discovered by westerners until the nineteenth century. Two were exhibited at Crufts in London in 1895, but tragically both died from distemper shortly afterward. Basenjis arrived in the United States in 1937, and in 1944 the American Kennel Club recognized the breed.

Basenji puppies have characteristic wrinkles on their face that give them a particularly endearing look. These wrinkles diminish as the dog grows up.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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