The Basenji dog breed had its origins in central Africa, in the Congo. These dogs were originally used as hunters that used both they’re, very well developed characteristics, scent, and sight, to hunt. They chased small game into the hunter’s nets and were also used to keep the rodent populations in the area under control.
These dogs are categorized into the sight hound, Hound Group. They are also known by other names; such as Congo dog, African Bush Dog, Zande dog, Ango Angari and the African Barkless Dog.
They do not bark. The Basenji dog produces a yodel-like sound which is unusual for a dog. The sound is called a “baroo” and is due to the unusual shape of the larynx of the Basenji dog. Because of this characteristic trait, these dogs are also nicknamed the “soundless dog”.
The name “Basenji” has its origin from the languages used in the north-eastern Congo region, where it can mean; “dogs of the savages”, or “dogs of the villagers”. It can also be called; “dog of the bush”. In East Africa, their name translates to “wild dog”. Another local name translates to “jumping up and down dog” which is referring to the tendency they have to jump straight up to be able to spot their quarry.
The Basenji is clever and has endearing features. They can be good companions for persons or a family that understand them.