Basenji Dogs

Basenji Dogs

As a dog sitter, I have looked after many breeds of dogs over the years.

When these two cuties; mother and son (Basenji Dogs) arrived for their first stay, they were very unsettled. Not only that, but they kept on challenging me to work out their pack order.

In a gentle way, I proved to these two beautiful Basenji Dogs that I was their pack leader. By doing this, it allowed each of them to know their place. That then created a fun, mellow and relaxing environment… 🙂

Having many years of experience, I knew that some dogs, more than others, need to know the pack order. Without pack order, it causes dogs a lot of stress. Stress will allow for bad behaviour patterns.

No loving pet deserves stress!!

Helpful Facts about Basenji’s

  • The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog that was bred from stock originating in central Africa
  • These lovely dogs produce an unusual yodel-like sound commonly called a “barroo”. This unusual sound is due to their unusually shaped larynx
  • This trait also gives the Basenji the nickname “Barkless Dog”
  • Basenjis, like dingoes and some other breeds of dog, come into oestrus only once annually. Many other dog breeds may have two or more breeding seasons every year

Both dingoes and Basenji dogs lack a distinctive odour, and are prone to howls, yodels, and other vocalizations rather than the characteristic bark of more modern dog breeds. One theory is that the traditional Central African people select the Basenji over the “barkier” dogs because they attract less attention. Barking would lead enemies to their humans’ forest encampments. Dogs that resemble the Basenji in some respects are commonplace over much of Africa. The Basenji’s original foundation stock came from the old growth forest regions of the Congo Basin. Its structure and type were fixed by adapting to this habitat, as well as being primarily used by people to help with net hunting in the extremely dense old-growth forest vegetation.

Their favourite treat was our Organic Dried Kangaroo Jerky. They must have more in common with the dingo than we first thought!