The Basenji breed has a coat of short, fine hair. They come in black, rich chestnut red, tricolor (black and chestnut) and brindle (black stripes on Chestnut) They all have white legs, white up the center of the face and between the eyes or a white collar and also white on the tail tip.
The Basenjis are very clean dogs, grooming themselves, vigilantly, much like a cat might do. They don’t omit the usual “dog odor” and do not shed hair excessively, though they do shed hair throughout the year like any other dog. We spoke to an expert pet groomer, Cesar Rodriguez about some tips for grooming Basenji dogs. He’s the owner of Mobiledoggrooomingconejovalley.com in Moorpark, California and him and his wife Rita have over 12 years experience in pet grooming, and they’ve had a lot of experience with grooming Basenji’s.
7 Tips to help you groom your Basenji:
1. Eyes: Their eyes should look bright and alert. Use a gentle eye wash during bath time to flush out any possible foreign matter.
2. Ears: To make sure that no ear problems arise, clean their ears monthly with an ear care solution. Clean only where you can see, never further. You may cause damage to the inner ear.
3. Brush their teeth at least twice to three times a week: This will remove the build-up of tartar and bacteria that lurk in between teeth. Daily brushing can also prevent the possibility of gum disease and a bad breath.
4. Trim their nails regularly: Usually, a dog wears their nails down naturally. This will depend on how much activity and walking and running is done daily. When you can hear the nails clicking on the floor, they are too long. When the dog’s nails are kept neatly trimmed, it will prevent scratching on your legs when your enthusiastic Basenji jumps up in greeting.
5. Bathing: Basenjis will require 2 baths. The first bath should be a normal, general bath, to clean the coat and skin of dirt. The second bath is more for luxury and could be done with a fragrant shampoo and followed with a conditioner that will moisturize and keep their coat in great shape. If your dog has allergies or a sensitive skin, use a Hypo-Allergenic shampoo and follow this with a medicated shampoo that is right for your dog’s needs.
6. Paws: It is important to keep the pads soft and pliable to keep it from cracking and becoming dry.
7. In between baths use a hound glove or mitt to wipe down its coat and keep it in good order. Because they keep themselves clean, much in the way a cat does, they do not need to be bathed too frequently.
Accustom your Basenji dog to being brushed from a young age. Handle their paws frequently, all dogs are touchy about their feet and also look inside their ears and mouth. As you groom your dog, check for rashes, sores, signs of infection, tenderness, and inflammation of the skin. Also check the ears, nose, eyes, mouth, and feet.
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Doing this from an early age will make your Basenji more used to handling and regular careful examination will help towards spotting potential problems early. They will also be more comfortable when visiting the veterinary when it’s needed.