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The Basenji is alert, affectionate, demanding, energetic and curious. It loves to play and makes a good pet, as long as it is handled regularly from an early age.

Breed: Basenji
Country of Origin: Egypt
AKC Group: Hound
Function: A guide in the forests, to warn against the approach of dangerous animals, and as a very active pack-hunting dog of small game.
Life Span: 10-12 years
Appearance: Small, unusual, elegant, athletic dog
Color: Copper, red, black and tan, black and brindle
Coat Type: Short
Grooming: Brush weekly
Height: 15-17 inches
Weight: 20-26 pounds
Activity Level: Very high
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes, usually older children
Good With Pets: Yes, only other dogs
Good With Strangers: Reserved
Character: Active
Home Environment: Apartment ok
Best Owner: Active
Potential Problems:  
Behavior: If left alone may develop problems
Physical: Fanconi's syndrome (kidney problems), progressive retinal atrophy, intestinal and eye problems.
Recommendations: Research the breed before committing to it. It may be quiet but is very active.