The Basenji remained largely a natural breed for thousands of years, unmodified by humans as far as color, size, shape, temperament, and coat texture.

Even if you’re not in the mood to play, your Basenji will find a way to coax you out of your chair.

Their intelligence and craftiness is second to none.

Another ancestor of the modern Basenji originated in Central Africa and this “type” dog has been living with humans for thousands of years.

Mostly confined to the Congo, this dog was known as the “dogs of the savages,” “dogs of the villagers,” and “dog of the bush.” This breed was once prized for its intelligence, speed and silent hunting ability in many African villages.

Consider whether you like cats before you decide to get one.

The Basenji has many excellent qualities, but he’s definitely not the right breed for everyone.

Read more about this beautiful dog’s ancient past and interesting characteristics in the BBS Breed Spotlight on the Basenji.

History & Background: The Basenji is one of the most ancient dog breeds and can be seen in Egyptian tombs and wall drawings dating back 5,000 years.

They have long necks that slope down to short backs.

Their tails curl over, and they walk with a kind of horse-like trot.

Recent DNA testing proves the long-held theory that the Basenji is one of the oldest dog breeds on earth. According to the AKC the Basenji, a member of the Hound Group, originated at the headwaters of the Nile and Congo Rivers.