Basenjis were brought to Europe and the Unites states during the early to mid 20th century were they were further developed and refined. To this day, the Basenji remains a skilled hunter and worker with an affectionate and loyal demeanor.
About the Breed:
The Basenji's smooth, short coat requires very little grooming. This breed actually cleans itself - kind of like a cat. Additionally, the Basenji may be considered hypoallergenic, as it barely sheds at all. This makes it a good option for those who suffer from allergies. Also, the typical "dog odor" is not usually present in this breed.
Basenjis are known to be very loyal, affectionate, alert and active. They are best suited to homes where they can get adequate exercise, plenty of attention and proper obedience training. The Basenji has an independent personality and sometimes has a mischievous nature and/or rebellious streak. Socialization is a must, especially if the dog is to be around children or other pets (particularly the smaller ones).
The unusual, almost cat-like Basenji is a pleasure to have in your life. As with all dogs, it is important to research and become educated about the individual features of different types of dogs. Because the Basenji is so unique, it may or may not be the right fit for your home. If it is a perfect match, then you are sure to enjoy the companionship of the lovely Basenji for years to come.
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