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Basenji – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Basenji - Fun Facts and Crate Size


Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1943
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate*

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The Basenji is a hunting dog that was originally from the middle of the African continent and belongs to one of the earliest dog branches in the world. In North America, the Basenji is considered a sight hound that specializes in attacking its prey silently. This dog is very active, independent, intelligent, and energetic. It is an elegant breed. Even though it is a primitive breed, it can be friendly to strangers.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Basenji in 1943. These medium energy dogs are known as independent, smart, and poised. They make good companions. These dogs are easily recognizable due to their short, glistening coat. These dogs have almond-shaped eyes with a wrinkled forehead.


The Basenji looks small in stature, it is an elegant medium size. It has short hair and straight ears, along with a curly tail. Some of the people compare this breed to a miniature shape of a deer. This dog also looks slimmer when compared to other dogs. This slender build makes it easy for the Basenji to move and run. The face contains a small nose and mouth. The common colors of Basenji are black and brown which are combined with some color on the stomach and legs.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


It is really easy to groom the Basenji because the coat is not too thick or long. The owner needs to do regular coat cleaning using a brush. This is needed to remove any accumulated debris on the coat. This breed really loves outdoor activities.

Next, the owner needs to cut the nails regularly (at least twice a month) to prevent it from cracking and overgrowing. The owner also must not forget to check the ears to avoid debris and wax that buildup and can cause infection. Teeth should be regularly clean to ensure a healthy mouth.


This breed is active and really loves outdoor activity. It is a good choice for those who want to train and play with the dog outdoor. Regular, moderate exercise of 30-45 per day will keep your pet happy and healthy.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 30” dog crates for most adult Basenjis.


* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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