Family: sighthound, scenthound, primitive, Southern (pariah)
Area of origin: Central Africa (Zaire and the Congo)
Original function: hunting small game
Average size of male: Ht: 17, Wt: 24
Average size of female: Ht: 16, Wt: 22
Other names: Congo dog, Congo terrier
Basenji Dog Temperament
Some consider the Basenji to have terrier-like mannerisms because he is feisty for a hound. More often he is considered catlike in mannerisms: clever, inquisitive, stubborn, independent and reserved. His hunting roots are very evident, as he loves to chase and trail. He needs regular mental and physical stimulation, lest he 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.