The Basenji originated in the "African Congo, where they had been used as an all purpose hunter working by sight and by scent.""
Basenji "history extends back to the time of the Pharaohs and paintings in their tombs bear a similar resemblance to the breed. Gazelle like in his elegance and with a stylish, swinging stride, he is catlike in his cleanliness and has no bark which is replaced by a yodelling sound."
Source: The Kennel Club
Links to Breed Descriptions:
UK: Judges Guide
College for Basenji Judges - an excellent group of resources!
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Finland: FKC Database Basenji
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Finnish)
Basenji AKC Breed Club Flyer: "Presently, the primary health concerns in the breed are Fanconi Syndrome (a kidney dystrophy), Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and surprisingly, Hip Dysplasia."
UK: The Kennel Club (17 dogs)
Basenji Pedigree Search
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
21 publications dating from 2011-2015
Hereditas 85: 211-214 (1977) Haemolytic anaemia in Basenji dogs
I. Genetic investigations
Department of Animal Genetics, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Update on Fanconi Syndrome and Cystinuria
World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2015
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
US: The Basenji Club of America
Finland: Suomen Basenjit ry
Norway: Norsk Basenjiklubb
Sweden: Svenska Basenjisällskapet
Africa: The African Basenji Club