The modern Basenji is a breed of hunting dog that originates from Africa. However the Basenji is believed to be a descendant from Chinese and southeast Asian wolves. The Basenji does not have a traditional bark but rather a unique yodeling sound. The yodeling, rather than barking, sound is due to the breeds strangely shaped larynx. This trait has given the Basenji the nickname of the ‘soundless dog.’ Traditionally the breed was bred for its independent thinking, which makes the Basenji incredibly hard to train. It is possible to train a Basenji to an extent, but it is common for a Basenji to only obey humans when it feels like it. It is important to note that Basenji do not do well in homes with small children or other small animals due to their hunting history. Basenji will commonly chase cats and other small pets around the household – especially if they have not been exercised properly. To minimize the chance of your Basenji ‘hunting’ your other pets it is important to socialize it with other animals during the Basenji’s puppyhood. The breed is highly energetic and is likely to develop destructive behaviors if they are not exercised thoroughly on a regular basis. The breed is highly affectionate and will want to spend its time relaxing with its family unit – the Basenji is prone to following people from room to room.
Before purchasing any pet it is important to understand that as a pet owner you are responsible for the care and wellbeing of your pet. It is important to try and learn as much as you can about the animal you are considering to keep as a pet to make sure that your lifestyle, household and financial status are suited to provide your pet with the best possible care. This guide has been designed to provide you with both precise and concise information about a Basenji’s basic needs to help you provide your pet with the best quality care practices. This guide will give an in-depth explanation on training your Basenji, raising your Basenji from a puppy, grooming, health care and everything in between!
“The Basenji: A Complete and Comprehensive Beginners Guide to: Buying, Owning, Health, Grooming, Training, Obedience, Understanding and Caring for Your Basenji,” by Michael Stonewood is the perfect purchase or gift for a first time Basenji owner. This guide includes sections on caring for a puppy, breeding, health care, training, the basic cost of owning an Basenji and much more.
This book is the second edition – the first edition was published by ‘Dog Care Professionals.’