Tendency to bark and howl

Care and maintenance

Grooming this dog is easy, but we must not forget, that it should be regular. Basenji shed little, therefore, grooming the coat involves regular brushing of the pet (no more than twice a week) and bathing twice a year. If the dog gets dirty while walking, its fur can be simply cleaned with a damp cloth. For bathing it is better to use special shampoos for short-haired breeds. But remember, these dogs are terrified of water, so every bath can stress them.

For walks in frosty or damp weather, your pet will need warm clothes - after all, the coat of these dogs is very short, which is unable to protect from cold and piercing wind. Basenji are lovers of travel and can perfectly tolerate travel in a car. But remember, that their natural instinct to chase might spark an increased interest in cyclists, therefore, it is better not to let the dog off the leash while walking.

Regularly inspect the feet, dog ears. We must not forget about vaccinations and treatments for ectoparasites.


African barking dog is docile and friendly, however contact with her is fragile enough. Aggression against a person is completely absent, but when dealing with dogs, she will definitely try to dominate. At the same time, Basenji get along well with other pets., since initially these are gregarious animals

Zande dog has a very delicate psyche: any careless word, rudeness or resentment, inflicted on an animal, can close her soul for you forever. You just need to love them for that, what they are

They know how to withdraw into themselves, take offense, and you just won't get a second chance. These dogs know for sure, does the owner pretend, what he loves, or really can't live without them.

Why does a pet dog not bark at all and what to do about it?

For, so that the animal starts barking normally, you can invite breeders to pay attention to certain recommendations:

  1. First you need to wait for the right moment, when the dog barks involuntarily and immediately praise or reward him for such vigorous actions. Here you can also time the command "Voice!"Pronouncing this word exactly when barking, you show the pet, that it was after these words that he should begin his barking. During this training, the pet will understand, what they want from him and after this command will really start to publish the coveted bark.
  2. In that case, if the previous advice did not work, then during the walk it is necessary to conduct a joint lesson in training this command with that dog, which has mastered it quite effectively. This is to ensure, that the ability of dogs to imitate each other is simply limitless and when your pet sees, how another dog barks after the coveted command, he will start copying it quite actively.
  3. Teaching the Voice!»Can be accompanied by tasty or interesting awards. Thus, if your puppy loves to play, then the prize for obedience can be a new ball, and if you eat very tasty, that delicacy. For this, when pronouncing the command, you must lead the dog in front of the prize, and she will start barking, which will be the proof that, that learning is moving the right way.

Basenji - a barking dog

These dogs with more than 5000 history have many other names.: african barking dog, Congolese bush dog, forest dog from Congo, congo terrier, nyam-nyam-terrier, dog zande and others. The uniqueness of these animals lies in the fact, that they don't bark. Instead, such dogs make their own rumbling sounds., that can only be heard during pet excitement.

History of the breed

The historical homeland of these dogs is central Africa.. In ancient Egypt, they were held in high esteem. These animals were treated as living amulets and were brought as a gift to the pharaohs, who were buried with these pets. Representatives of this breed were widespread in Nubia (now Sudan). During archaeological excavations in the grave of a woman, related to the ancient Nubian culture of Kerma, the remains of a dog were found, outwardly very similar to Basenji. In Zaire, these dogs still take an active part in hunting..

IN 1895 year, English sailors for the first time made an attempt to take representatives of this breed out of their historical homeland. However, the animals did not survive the long journey and died.. after 10 years, Basenjis were introduced to the Berlin Zoo as exotic animals, and after 25 yo nyam-nyam-terriers finally saw England. In this country, the standard of this breed was subsequently approved., still in use today.

IN 1937 year dogs called "Congo Terrier took part in the dog show, held in the USA. From that moment on, the fame of these dogs began to spread rapidly..

Description of the exterior and character

These are medium sized dogs. Males grow in height to 43 cm, females - to 40 cm. Males weigh on average 11 kg, bitches - 9,5 kg. Basenji has 4 color option:

  • red-white;
  • black and white;
  • tricolor - black background with reddish-red markings above the eyes, on the face and cheekbones;
  • brindle - reddish-red background with dark stripes.

Regardless of the color of the coat, the presence of snow-white paws is required, chest and tip of tail. A feature of this breed is the appearance of wrinkles in the frontal region when the ears are pulled together. Basenji also has a curled tail.. In the photo below you can see, what does a typical representative of this breed look like.

Fearlessness prevails in the character of these dogs., self-confidence, benevolence, tenderness. Despite the lack of aggression towards people, at the sight of fellows and other animals, such dogs show dominant qualities. This breed makes loyal companions..

Why Basenji Doesn't Bark?

It is not known for certain, why doesn't the congo terrier bark. According to one version, taming and domestication of representatives of this breed happened before, than the dogs understood, that they should make sounds characteristic of all dogs. In other words, these animals know how to bark, they just don't do it. According to another version, the lack of barking in Congo Terriers is associated with the special anatomical structure of the dogs' pharynx.

In their historical homeland, the natural silence of these dogs is explained as follows. In ancient times, when animals knew how to talk, the leader of the pack accidentally heard an important secret of one human tribe. He and his flock, promising each other never to disclose any information that has become known to them, silent forever.

Features of content and education

Regardless of, this active animal lives in a spacious private house or in the cramped conditions of a city apartment, he needs daily long walks. Representatives of this breed do not smell at all. They are very clean and wash themselves. They do it in the manner of cats - with a paw. The coat of the Congo Terrier is considered hypoallergenic.

You cannot leave these pets alone for a long time.. They need constant communication.. To keep the dog neat, you need to comb it 1-2 times a week, trim nails and clean ears regularly.

It is recommended to have such a dog only for experienced dog breeders.. Beginners are unlikely to deal with these stubborn dogs. To subdue the Basenji, you need to demonstrate to him your leadership qualities from the first days of his appearance in the house. You need to start training such a pet from a very early age..

During training, you cannot yell at a four-legged student and force him to perform certain tasks. The dog needs to be stimulated to study. This can only be done with running and treats. If you have doubts about your abilities, it is better to entrust the education of a four-legged friend to specialists.

Yorkshire Terrier

The courageous and adventurous Yorkshire Terrier should not be judged by its size.. Yorkies often do not perceive themselves as small dogs., and can be very willful. They were originally bred to hunt rodents., but Yorkies are also known for their loyalty and dedication to their owners. Their hypoallergenic coat falls out very, very little.

Interestingly, what, although the exact origin of the Yorkshire Terrier breed is unknown, considered, that they were bred in the north of England to catch rats. These first Yorkies were much larger., but over time, breeding has created the current breed standard.

Character and habits

Basenji are great companions. They are active, suitable for coursing and agility.

The hunter's instinct is still highly developed in Basenjas., they are pretty fast. Since nature has not endowed them with the ability to bark, then they do everything in silence. Because of this, the knowledge of the dog, her character, and also the selection of a method of education is somewhat difficult.

They are savages. The thirst for the hunt is so great, that it is impossible to satisfy it. Their purpose is to trap the game. In urban environments, moving bicycles are targeted, cars, runners, other animals. And man, who got such a dog, will have to deal with it using the training method. Therefore, during a walk, the pet is kept on a leash.. Otherwise, due to mobility and a thirst for pursuit, he may die under the wheels of a car.

Basenji's purpose is to trap game

Basenji are shy, and in their fear are guided by the owner. Therefore, a person with extraneous sounds needs to pretend, that he doesn't notice anything. Aggression, which dogs can exhibit, is defensive.

These pets are not very emotional, do not flaunt feelings. Therefore, one should not expect a joyful greeting from the owner after every five-minute parting from her.. Despite the small size, they are agile and agile dogs. Human, wrestling with an adult, will be defeated. Therefore, early socialization is of particular importance..

With other animals and children

Congo Terriers get annoyed in the presence of other dogs, but easily put rivals in place. In the same time, they easily get along with representatives of other breeds on the same territory, provided, that they were taken into the house as a second pet or if someone is added to the puppies under the age of one. But an adult will not tolerate such changes in its environment.. It is especially difficult to make friends with a member of the same breed and sex..

Basenji are playful and agile animals

These animals do not have character traits, necessary for babysitting. They get along with children only if, if they do not tease and torment the animal.

Choosing a puppy

The breed remains almost unknown outside the Netherlands, but her exotic bestial appearance is increasingly attracting fans around the world. It remains to hope, that everyone, who decides to buy a little wolfhund, clearly aware: this is not a toy or a computer character. This is a live dog - big, complex in genetics and psychology - it can become your most faithful friend, but if mishandled, you will very soon become, to put it mildly, uncomfortable living together.

A wolfdog puppy looks like a wolf cub and a teddy bear at the same time

Think hard, before getting such a puppy: do you have enough experience for him, time, willpower and patience? Will need, by the way, and money - the kid costs a lot, and decent content will not be cheap for him. Prices for a wolfdog puppy in the Netherlands start at 1,000 euros. For about the same money, you can now buy a "little dog" in Russia - there was recently, finally, received the first litter from a pair of this breed.

These babies will grow into big dogs with a difficult character.

It is unlikely that in a solid breed nursery they will try to give you a mongrel of a suitable appearance instead of a high-breed animal. But local scammers may well offer such a puppy.. I read "doggy" forums on the Internet and am amazed at revelations like: “Found a dog near the dumpster, but they told me, what is this wolfhund. represent, how lucky, he costs a lot of money!». Search for yourself - there are many more similar posts, what can be assumed.

So what is the difference between a purebred wolf dog and a cute tramp?, wolf cub? There are several points, to be brought to the attention of:

  • Wolfhund's head differs from the dog's in a special wedge-shaped shape, white mouth frame and dark line, going from the muzzle to the cheekbones;
  • the eyes of this hybrid breed should be yellow, like a wolf, not brown, like a dog;
  • wool changes dramatically depending on the season - in summer it is almost a solid awn, and in winter fluff prevails;
  • even the fattest and most clumsy-looking puppy will instantly "betray" itself with a flying gait, which his peers of other breeds are not capable of.

Meet your puppy's parents, look at the conditions of their detention

Principles and Best Time to Start Dog Training

Why the dog doesn't bark at strangers passing by is a question, which a large number of breeders are faced with today. But the answer to it is not always unambiguous.. But, for, to start teaching your pet to voice, there are very different age indicators for each individual breed.

In that case, if your pet belongs to one of the aggressive breeds, then he will try to demonstrate all his protective qualities very early. In this case, such attempts should be significantly corrected., and, if necessary, suppressed by the owner.

However, in terms of average terms, then before the dog reaches six months, it is not recommended to train him to bark loudly and loudly. This is due to the fact, that the baby's psyche, which has not yet opened, will not be able to perceive everything correctly and the pet can mix barking with aggression, which will not do him absolutely good. Such early learning attempts can lead to, that the animal will become completely uncontrollable. For example, a dog can obey its owner., but be aggressive towards other household members.

It is during this period of his life that the puppy's ardor will subside a little., and the dog will be able to significantly control his emotions and perceive certain commands. From this age, the dog will begin to significantly distinguish between friends and foes, the latter will meet her with a rather sonorous bark.

Description of the Basenji breed

Basenji are not very large, cute dogs. Their color is dominated by bright colors and clear transitions between them.. The main distinguishing features of Basenji dogs:

  • Height at withers
    from thirty-seven to forty-three centimeters. Body length from thirty-eight to forty-three centimeters. Females are almost always smaller than males.. The optimal weight with such characteristics is from eight to twelve kilograms.
  • Skin color
    may be brindle, red, black or black with red markings. The chest and tip of the tail are always white. Paws can also be white., but this color is never the main color in the dog's color.
  • Basenji
    belongs to medium-sized breeds. Strong boned and well built, pretty slender body.
  • Ears stand
    , the tail is twisted into a small spiral, dark eyes.
  • main feature
    breeds – can't bark.

Basenji dog temperament

Basenji – very independent and proud animals. It's not enough for them to just have a master, who will feed and drink, and also takes a walk. These dogs need to feel part of the "pack", a member of your family. In this case, the dog will give you all his love and devotion..

Basenji have a highly developed hunting instinct. Therefore, letting the dog go for a walk in the yard or during walks without a leash, you should watch him closely. A cat may be in sight, small dog or bird and she will rush in pursuit of prey. So you can lose sight of your pet and spend a lot of time looking for him., it is not known how far the instincts of this consummate hunter can lead.

If you are ready to respect your pet and are looking for a companion and partner, not a slavishly devoted dog, then Basenji will become your real, devoted friend. Dogs of this breed are very playful and energetic animals., therefore they are very suitable for children
and active people

Basenji are sociable creatures, it is important for them to spend a lot of time with their owner. But in no case should you offend these proud dogs.! They will not tolerate screams, spanking or tail-pulling by your child

Basenji will definitely answer the offender and harbor resentment, it will ruin your relationship with your pet forever.

Basenji of different sexes get along well in the same house. Relationship with dogs of other breeds directly depends on the nature of both animals. Friendship with other species of animals, eg, with cats or parrots, Basenji's highly developed hunting instinct can interfere.

For protective purposes, the Basenji breed is not suitable. What kind of guard can make a dog, who can't bark?

Basenji – very active animals. If they have nowhere to spend their energy, then the dog will begin to destroy the house.. Torn wallpaper, broken furniture and chewed things up – not the worst, what awaits you. therefore such pets
best kept in a spacious country house, there Basenji will be able to run and play as much as they like. This does not mean, that dogs of this breed will not take root in a city apartment, they can be kept there quite calmly. But the owners will often have to walk with their pet., least, in the morning and in the evening for one hour.

Kennels and breeders recommend feeding Basenji premium dry dog ​​food, tailored to the needs of the animal. Also, to diversify pet food, dry food can be given alternating with wet food in a ratio of three to one.

Raising a dog

Only a human will be able to train this breed., experienced in raising dogs. Basenji are stubborn, therefore may not respond to commands. They don't do it because, I don't understand them, but from the desire to see the owner's reaction.

Training these dogs requires a lot of control.. You need to be able to properly respond to the dog's refusal to follow commands, do not raise your voice at him and always be friendly. So that the dog stops testing you for strength, you have to prove, that you are the leader of the article, not she

Therefore, it is important to start training., while the dog is still a puppy. In a playful way, they remember commands well and learn more easily

Worth keeping in mind, that even a perfectly trained and obedient dog, will periodically portray, as if he does not hear commands and does not understand, what you need. The dog does it, to make sure, that the owner has not yet lost his leadership and is still the leader of the pack.

Conclusion, successful education and training require:

  • Experience.
  • Knowledge of the basics of dog training.
  • Ability to calmly respond to unwillingness to obey.

Life span and health

Basenji dogs remain active and playful until the end of their lives.. They live on average from ten to fifteen years. These pets have a good immune system and a strong body., but still susceptible to some diseases.

Main characteristics of the Congo Terrier

Key characteristics of this breed, by which it can be accurately distinguished from others, such:

  • boys have withers about 43 cm, body length up to 43 cm and average order weight 11 kg;
  • the height at the withers in girls is on average about 40 cm, the body is about 40 cm, average weight of girls about 9 kg;
  • Congo Terrier puppies can have a tricolor color (the black, red and red), and also brindle, red or black. Regardless of the general color, paws, the tip of the tail and breast of the dog are white. There may also be white markings on the head, but this is not typical for all representatives of this breed. White does not stand out as the main color, and the rest of the shades have saturation and are distinguished by clear boundaries when they change;
  • the dog has a strong bone, which at the same time looks elegant to everyone;
  • the ears of a representative of this breed are;
  • tail slightly curled;
  • eye color is always dark;
  • the dog can't bark.

Many believe, that Basenji dogs, unable to bark, are the oldest breed in the world, but some dog handlers claim, that this breed, although it is one of the oldest on Earth, is not the oldest.

As I mentioned, according to some reports, Congo Terrier breed originated in Africa, however, there is information about, that initially she appeared in East Asia and only then she was brought to Africa. Basenji dogs were common in ancient Egypt, as evidenced by archaeological finds and rock paintings. Officially, this breed was registered only in the middle 20 century, when it spread in Europe.

Features of proper pet training

In that case, if you decide to work professionally with your pet, it is worth noting, that a specially trained dog is almost always a danger for strangers and ill-wishers.

Hence, the aggression of such an animal needs to be closely monitored and constantly directed in the right direction. Thus, manifestations of aggressiveness should come from the animal exclusively in the following situations:

  • if a person is threatened by a stranger on the street;
  • inadequate sensing dog threatens the owner or the animal itself;
  • possible penetration of thieves into the apartment, house or other protected area.

To do this, you need to ask someone outside to knock on a closed door.. Further it is necessary to say, what's a stranger and praise the animal, when it is noticeably alert.

For, for the dog to begin to react to this command on the street, the dog handler must behave aggressively towards the animal and its owner. After uttering the command, the person must push the dog handler away and the dog's normal reaction will be quite hard barking, for which he also needs to be greatly encouraged.

Thus, why is it needed - in order, that after a certain period of time the dog will respond perfectly to the spoken commands and perform everything like this, as required by training.

In that case, if the pet has any psychological problems, he may, on the contrary, be afraid of the attacker and react completely unexpectedly. In most cases, it is fear and running away., but not expected barking and aggression. In this case, gently be sure to seek help from a specialist., since such psychological problems can cause, that the dog's reaction will be completely unpredictable, what could be dangerous, as for the owner, his family, as well as the close environment of the animal.

Based on all the basic rules of teaching a dog to bark and attack, need to make a conclusion, that successful training will be carried out only if the following basic rules are observed:

  • all commands must be mastered by the pet only if it is in a good mood;
  • fighting dog breeds should only be trained as they get older. This is due to the fact, that early training can cause significant harm to a puppy's fragile psyche;
  • only the owner or a professional dog handler should train the dog. In no case should children or other household members be involved in the learning process.. This is due to the fact, that the dog can perceive strangers, as a potential threat.

Complete care is a guarantee of the absence of wool and smell

Even the easiest pet to keep without proper care will leave behind hair and smell bad.

Also, to one degree or another, all dogs will shed their hairs during seasonal molting - in spring and autumn.. During these periods, they need to be combed and bathed more often.. In winter, it will not be superfluous to give top dressing for skin and wool: fish fat, food sulfur, liquid vitamins D, E, A, B.

If your dog suddenly sheds profusely, exude a fetid odor - it is worth sounding the alarm and running to the vet.

The reasons for this deviation are skin diseases., gastrointestinal tract, endocrine system or unbalanced feeding. At the same time, the pet can lose a lot of weight, worry, itch, show aggression or apathy.

Whichever breed you choose, you will have to take care of your pet. But you can make life easier for yourself and your household, if you start a low lining, trouble-free in keeping and raising a dog.

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