7 Mind-blowing Facts about the Barkless Dog Basenji
Do you know which of the dog breeds are among the quietest ones? Well, there are many, such as a Rough Collie, a Borzoi, a Bernese, and various other dog breeds are among the calmest ones that hardly barks. But, did you know that there is an ancient dog breed that can’t bark at all? Yes, a Basenji, unlike other dogs can’t bark.
Not only this, Basenjis are full of surprises as they have many unique features that make them totally different from other dog breeds. Let’s explore all the mind-blowing facts about Basenji below but first, let’s learn more about their barkless trait.
Why can’t they bark?
Actually Basenji’s larynx or voice box has an unusual shape as compared to other dog breeds that stop them from barking. Instead, he produces a yodel-voice and some usual voices like growls, screams, and several other vocalizations.
Interesting? Well, we have some more surprising facts about Basenjis for you. Let’s explore them.
Mind-Blowing Basenji Facts:
Ancient Dog Breed: Basenjis are found in many paintings from the ancient times which prove their existence in 6,000 B.C. They were among the most popular dog breeds and many times people presented them to rulers, kings, and queens as a gift.
Catty Dog: Yes, their personality is more like a cat because they are aloof and independent. Moreover, they keep their coats clean by licking them. They don’t shed much and are odorless. All these catty traits make them an ideal dog breed to adopt because you won’t be needing much time to groom them.
Lion Catchers: Want to catch a lion? Don’t worry, Basenjis have got your back. The Kenyan Maasai hunters use Basenjis to lure lions out of caves. Usually they use four Basenji dogs to get these lions out from their caves and then hunt them.
The Best Runners: While running, they use double gallop suspension like greyhounds, so all of their four paws are off the ground that helps them reach unbelievable speeds.
Second Least Intelligent Dog Breed: Yes, it’s true. This super-fast dog breed got second place as the least intelligent dog after the Afghan hound.
Reserve and Shy: Unlike other dog breeds, they prefer to get attached with just one or two people in their family. They usually don’t like the company of other non-canine pets like rabbits, cats, and birds, that is why they are not recommended for the owners with non-canine pets.
Hard to train: They are aloof and they want to be independent. Sometimes, they show very stubborn behavior, so they are among the dog breeds which are very hard to train. While training them, you have to be kind and friendly, or they will give you a tough time. But one thing is for sure, they are very protective towards their families and gets alert instantly if sense any potential danger.
So, these were some mind-blowing facts about Basenjis; Basenji is an ideal dog because of their self-grooming and cleaning habits, but unfortunately, they hardly become a good family dog due to their stubborn behaviour, they tend to be clever dogs, but not easy to train.
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