Basenji - Breed and Grooming Tips

A poised, elegant hunting dog from Africa, the Basenji is smoothly muscular and moves with ease and agility. He is lightly built and possesses a wrinkled head and a high, curled tail. The Basenji is commonly known as the "barkless dog," but when excited, he makes a noise that sounds like a yodel. Colors include chestnut red, pure black or brindle -- all with white feet, chest and tail tip.


A Look Back

Prized for its hunting prowess in its native Central Africa, the first specimens of the Basenji were brought from the source of the Nile as presents to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. The breed wasn’t successfully introduced in England until 1937, and the first litter of Basenji puppies raised to maturity in America was in 1941. In Africa, the natives use him for pointing, retrieving and driving game into nets.


Right Breed for You?

The Basenji is known for his fastidious habits and being full of play and activity. Because he often worked out of sight of hunters, he can tend to be independent and aloof and prefers to meet strangers on his own terms. Grooming is minimal due to his short coat, which lacks the typical "doggy" odor.


Source:  American Kennel Club - www.akc.org


Grooming

General: Basenji’s are a short flat coated breed that sheds throughout the year, even in the winter time. Grooming is suggested for 4 – 8 week intervals to clean ears, clip nails, check anal glands and insure the coat and skin are in healthy condition.


Eyes: Eyes should be alert and bright. Use Optisoothe Eye Wash during the bath to flush any foreign matter.


Ears: Monthly ear cleaning with Ear Care is advised to be sure no ear problems that might need vet attention arise. Only clean as far as you can see, never further.


Bathing:  Basenji’s require 2 baths when you bathe them. The first bath should be a general bath. If your Basenji has allergies or sensitive skin we would suggest a Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo and follow it with a medicated shampoo depending on your dogs needs. If your Basenji has normal skin then the second bath you would want to pick one of our wonderful fragrant shampoos and conditioners. Follow the bath with a conditioner or Luxury Remoisturizer to keep the coat in great shape.


Paws. Paw Balm should be used weekly as well, paw pads that are soft and pliable are less likely to dry and crack


Coat Care: Use Aloe Hydrating Spray between baths to control flaking and dandruff, especially in dry conditions


Show Dog Tips: Silky Show Shampoo and Silky Show Conditioner will add silk proteins and shine to the coat as well as the Honey and Oat Conditioner. High Sheen Finishing Spray right before entering the show ring will add the little extra shine without any oily residue.


Tools: Shedding blade can be used to pull out the dead coat. Short coated breeds shed all year around and so they constantly need to be brushed.


Common Problems: Basenji’s are very active dogs that enjoy the outdoors so they are prone to minor scratches and wounds, Basenji’s are also known to climb trees. Keep 3 in 1 Healing Cream on hand for those incidences.

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