When these two cuties; mother and son (Basenji’s) arrived for their first stay, a year ago, they were very unsettled and kept on challenging me to work out their pack order.
I had to prove to them that i was the pack leader and through this it has allowed them to know their place which creates a mellow and relaxing environment… 🙂
Some dogs, more than others, need to know the pack order, if not, it can cause dogs lots of stress which can then set up 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
- The Basenji produces an unusual yodel-like sound commonly called a “barroo”, due to its unusually shaped larynx
- This trait also gives the Basenji the nickname “Barkless Dog”
- Basenjis, like dingoes and some other breeds of dog, come into estrus only once annually, as compared to other dog breeds which may have two or more breeding seasons every year
Both dingoes and basenji lack a distinctive odour, and are prone to howls, yodels, and other vocalizations over the characteristic bark of modern dog breeds. One theory holds that the latter trait is the result of the selection against ‘barkier’ dogs in the traditional Central African context because barking could lead enemies to humans’ forest encampments. While dogs that resemble the basenji in some respects are commonplace over much of Africa, the breed’s original foundation stock came from the old growth forest regions of the Congo Basin, where its structure and type were fixed by adaptation to its habitat, as well as use (primarily net hunting in extremely dense old-growth forest vegetation).