The Basenji may look quiet and shy, but on the inside, this medium-sized breed is a lean, mean fighting machine. Still used today by Pygmy tribes in Africa to help hunt lions, Basenjis are known for their stealth hunting tactics. Believed to be the oldest dog breed in the world, Basenjis can be traced back to ancient hieroglyphs and art. As the world's only non-barking dog breed, the Basenji makes the ultimate soft-spoken companion, fit for any household.
City-dwelling owners looking for a quiet and independent sidekick should consider this breed. The Basenji is a loyal breed that will stick beside its human counterpart, yet it thrives on being self-sufficient and holds a mind of its own. Neat freaks will love this self-cleaning, low-shedding and hypoallergenic breed. Due to its aloof nature, a large amount of time during the early years should be dedicated to training and socialization.
A Basenji’s ideal day is marked in ink with its own personal agenda. Depending on the mood, it could spend the day cuddling on your lap, tirelessly playing with toys or simply scoping out potential mayhem on the premises, as long as it’s on its terms. This breed is not a fan of sharing the attention, and a day at the dog park would best be spent playing independently.
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