So you’re looking to adopt an Basenji, or already have one?
According to the American Kennel Club, “Basenjis are small, graceful hounds standing 16 or 17 inches at the shoulder. They are recognizable by their glistening short coat, tightly curled tail, and wrinkled forehead and expressive almond-shaped eyes that convey a variety of subtle, humanlike emotions.Basenjis are a lovely sight at a standstill but more impressive yet at a fast trot, when they exhibit the long, smooth strides of a mini-racehorse. And yes, it’s true, they don’t bark, but they make their feelings known with an odd sound described as something between a chortle and a yodel. Basenjis are fastidious and will groom themselves like cats. This has been called a “cult breed”—small in numbers, but those lucky enough to own one do so with singular devotion. The Basenji, Africa’s “Barkless Dog,” is a compact, sweet-faced hunter of intelligence and poise. They are unique and beguiling pets, best for owners who can meet their exercise needs and the challenge of training this catlike canine.”
An Basenji typically ranges from 40.64cm to 43.18cm in height, and weighs from 9.979032140000001kg to 10.886216880000001kg.
There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Basenji breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Basenji insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.