The Basenji (photo courtesy Wikipedia) is one of the oldest breeds, hailing from Africa where its ancestors’ likeness appeared in ancient Egyptian engravings.

Unlike other breeds that are considered either sight or scent hounds, the Basenji uses both its eyes and its nose to find prey.

They run with a similar gait as Greyhounds and Whippets, but Basenji’s are also excellent jumpers.

They can be willful which some call “catlike”. The breed is small weighing a bit more than 20 lbs. They are short haired with a curled tail, pointed ears and an expressive wrinkled forehead.

The Basenji produces an unusual yodel-like sound, due to its unusually shaped larynx and therefore often referred to as “Barkless Dogs”.

Basenji temperament is: curious, intelligent, affectionate, quiet, alert, confident, and playful.

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