Basenji Information

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The Basenji At a Glance
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Country of Origin
Zaire, Africa (French Congo) 
Life Expectancy
16 - 18 yrs 
Height Range
16 - 18 in 
Weight Range
20 - 25 lbs 
Red & white; black & white; tricolor; brindle 
Learns very quickly but then does as he wants! 
With Children
Not recommended with young children 
With Animals
Ususally gets along well if introduced properly 
Short coat requires warm climate 
Prefer to be indoors with family. Unhappy living outside all the time. 
Exercise Reqd
High energy; needs securely fenced yard. 
Grooming Reqd
Minimal; daily brushing, periodic baths, and nail trim. They keep themselves quite clean, like cats 
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Basenji Common Health Screenings
The following health screenings are often performed by responsible Basenji breeders:

CERF Screening (Canine Eye Research Foundation)
Fanconi Syndrome
Hip Dysplasia (OFA or PennHIP)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (genetic test)
Thyroid Function Test (blood test)

Basenji Health Issues