Tennoaks Basenjis

Karen Pate
Knoxville, Tennessee

The Basenji is a small, short-haired hunting dog from Africa
An intelligent, independent, but affectionate and alert breed

The Basenji is known to many as "the barkless dog".  It is true they do not bark, but they are not mute.  They can growl, whine, yip, and howl just as other dogs do.  In addition to the normal sounds, they emit a sound referred to as a yodel.  This sound resembles a rooster's crow and is usually heard when a Basenji is happy.
 Basenji 'yodel'

The Basenji originated thousands of years ago, somewhere in Africa.  Images of Basenjis are engraved in the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs.  They were rediscovered in the latter half of the 19th century in the Belgian Congo, where they are still used as hunting dogs, today.  The Basenji first came to the United States in 1937.

The average Basenji is 16 inches-17 inches in height at the shoulder, and weighs 21 to 25 pounds.  They come in four accepted color combinations.  Red, Black, Black with tan points, or Brindle;  all with white feet, chest, and tail tip.  Some dogs have more white than others, sometimes a blaze on the face or a collar and white on the legs.  The short sleek coat has no "doggy odor", and a Basenji bathes himself much the way a cat does.

The Basenji's wrinkled forehead fits his intelligent, inquisitive nature.  considered to be both a sight and scent hound, the Basenji has a keen sense of smell and sharp eyesight.  A distinctive characteristic of the breed is the tightly curled tail held to one side over the hindquarters.


Meet the Tennoaks Basenjis

Catalog of Basenji Art

Catalog of Basenji Collectibles

Rescues Fostered at Tennoaks

Links to Basenji and Canine Webpages

Tennoaks Puppy Pictures

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