An African singer, always on its toes, the Basenji dog is very attractive.
The beautiful and clever Basenji is short in the back and light in constitution; it is set apart for its frown and strongly curled tail… without mentioning its inability to bark (it is not mute; it makes guttural sounds like a yodel!). The head is elegant, the expression is intelligent, and its stance is proud over a well arched neck. The eyes are almond-shaped, inserted obliquely, with dark eyelids. The ears are small, erect and slightly hooded. The skull is flat, the face narrows from the eyes to the muzzle, with a defined stop. The short back is balanced by a compact body that seems to end in a waist. The chest, medium width, and the tail, is high inserted, curled to one side. The coat is short and fine; the skin, flexible. The Basenji has white feet, chest and tail tip; the body is red, tricolor or bristle.
The Basenji is quick witted and on its feet. Keeping up with this small dog becomes a full time job, but is worth every minute. The Basenji offers great intelligence and a lot of affection, although it is usually reserved with strangers. Education is not easy and a lot of patience is necessary here. It is anxious and nervous; it bores easily, and is cleaner than many cats, cleaning itself regularly. Many specimens even climb as cats, even fences and trees. Approach the Basenji gradually and treat it with respect, since it is a very sensitive animal. Due to its inability to bark, it is not apt to be a guardian.
DEVELOPMENT of BASENJI Dogs            
In average, the Basenji weighs between 170 and 230 g when it is born. The dewclaws in the front and hind legs should be removed as soon as possible. The nose is pink when born, but turns black with age. The feet pads also darken with time. The red, adult Basenji is probably dark brown when young. It is important to choose a puppy with proper closing, since an inferior prognathism tends to become even more pronounced with age.
Teaching a Basenji can be like “carrying water to the sea”. It is a very intelligent, reserved dog, whose teaching is probably comparable to that of cats.
Don’t be discouraged, but the Basenji has displayed some exceptional problems. Persistent pupil membrane is hereditary (persistence of pigmented on the pupil). Pyruvate kinase deficiency, a serious congenital anemia, as well as hereditary, ends up in a young death. Hemolytic anemia, the Fanconi syndrome, kidney stones, retinal dystrophy, lymphangiectasia, red cell hereditary disease and poor absorption are all anomalies that breeders are trying to eliminate. The Basenji is more prone to suffer enteritis (bowel intestine bacteria) than other breeds. Umbilical hernias are frequent in puppies. Many Basenjis are prone to chemical product allergic reactions, such as pesticides. However, the healthy Basenji is a very active and long-lived dog, reaching 13 years in average. It needs a lot of exercise and play to keep this dog interested and happy. Exclusive to the Basenji females, it only ovulates once a year.

The Basenji mother gives birth easily and is a very good mother. However, unlike other breeds, it is only in heat once a year (instead of two).