Basenji Physical Appearance

Considering to adopt a Basenji Dog and need to know what is the general appearance of Basenji or what are the popular colours of a Basenji?

Know more about the colors, weight and height of Basenji Dogs from this page.

Basenji Appearance

Basenji Size, Height and Weight

    Consider the personality traits and appearance of the Basenji, as this breed is not for everyone. Use this information below to see if a Basenji would suit your lifestyle and household.

    Size of Basenji: The Basenji Dog is a medium sized dog.

    Height of Basenji:
  • Male: 16-17 inches (41-43 cm)
  • Female: 15-16 inches (38-41 cm)

  • Weight of Basenji:
  • Male: 22-26 pounds (10-12 kg)
  • Female: 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg)

    The Common Colours of Basenji Dogs

  • Black & White
  • Black Tan & White
  • Brindle & White
  • Red & White

Basenji Appearance

Basenji Information

The basenji is square-proportioned and high on leg. It is far more slightly built and longer-legged than most other primitive breeds, giving it a good amount of speed and the ability to perform the double-suspension gallop. Its erect ears help it locate prey in thick bush and may act as heat dissipaters. Its short coat also aids in dealing with the hot climate of Africa.

Some consider the basenji to have terrier-like mannerisms because it is feisty for a hound. More often it is considered catlike in mannerisms: clever, inquisitive, stubborn, independent and reserved. Its hunting roots are very evident, as it loves to chase and trail. It needs regular mental and physical stimulation, lest it become frustrated and destructive. Basenjis may be barkless, but they are not mute. They do make a sort of yodel, howl and shriek — and occasionally bark, but just one or two "fox barks" at a time.

What to do if you lose your Basenji

If your Basenji Dog or any other pet has gone missing and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you can:

1. Register your missing pet details at Pet Reunite website here.

2. Report the lost pet on the Local Facebook Lost Pets Groups Here.

3. Contact the local vets to see if someone has handed in your lost pet.

4. Telephone the RSPCA or Visit the RSPCA Lost Pets website and complete a Lost Pet Report.

5. Visit Lost Pets Pages of Animal Pounds.

What to do if you find a lost Basenji

If you find a Basenji Dog or any other pet and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you can:

1. Register the found pet details at Pet Reunite website here.

2. List the missing pet on the Local Facebook Lost Pets Groups.

3. Call the Local Council to collect the lost animal.

4. Take the animal to the local Animal Shelter near to your area.

5. Take the animal to the local Vet Clinic who can scan the animal’s microchip and contact the registered owner of the pet.

Laws Regarding Missing Pets

1. It is against the law to keep any animal that you find.

2. Pets are generally considered property and it is illegal to take and keep someone else’s property.

3. You must call your local animal control unit and file a FOUND AN ANIMAL report for any dog or cat you find.

4. To reclaim your lost dog, cat or other pet from the animal shelter you must pay a release fee.

5. If your dog or cat is unregistered, you will have to register your pet before you can take it home.