The Basenji dog breed is, in fact, a bit of a domesticated wolf. Of course, the wolf and this domesticated dog, animals are different, but very close. After all, a basenji is a wild dog that has not far gone from its ancestors, or rather brothers, wolves. Moreover, this breed was domesticated a long time ago, perhaps several thousand years ago, back in the days of ancient civilizations and the first people.
The Basenji dog breed was born and developed on the African continent, and the locals greatly appreciated, and still appreciate, these truly amazing animals. In ancient times, there were special hunters who hunted for basenji, and even now, residents of remote areas say that hunting for basenji is more complicated and valuable than hunting for a wife. Apparently, there is some truth in this.
Aborigines appreciated dogs for their excellent hunter qualities, incredible bestial flair, excellent sense of smell and hearing, and also for their amazing mind, which sometimes reveals the wonders of ingenuity.
Today, the breed is considered rare, and no wonder. After all, when for the first time, at the end of the 19th century, Europeans discovered these dogs in the Congo, and tried to transport several individuals to the USA, all the animals died very quickly. They were completely unsuitable for other environmental conditions, climate, ecology, and most importantly – for completely different diseases.
The first dog that was able to survive in a new place appeared only in 1930. Based on this positive experience, the breeders managed to bring a few more individuals (dogs appeared in the United States and Great Britain), so they created a small population, and then founded a club. The Basenji breed club was established in 1942. In 1943, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Basenji are thin, but muscular dogs, strong and hardy, the chest is voluminous. The limbs are long, the muzzle is slightly elongated, but not long, the ears are erect. The tail is medium length, the hair is short.
The color of the coat is mainly black-pied, black-pied with tan, red-pied, brindle. White is on the chest, legs, tip of the tail and neck