The Basenji is a medium sized breed, originating in South Africa. This hunting dog was given it’s name due to it’s bark, or lack of. It produces a “yodeling” noise, giving it the nickname the “barkless dog”. Standing no taller than seventeen inches, this medium sized dog has energy for days. They require lots of exercise, preferably a long walk daily.
These dogs are good with kids and families but generally favor one person of the group. They do like to chew so lots toys are a must. Climbing under fences and digging come to these dogs naturally so extra restriction will be necessary but they can be trained.
Introduced to England in 1937, these dogs began being exported worldwide. They were used in Africa to hunt and collect small game, and were finally recognized by the AKC in 1944.