Basenji from West Africa

I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and I brought my bog home with me. As far as I can tell, he is a Basenji. He doesn't have the typical curly tail, but he has quite a few of the other characteristics. He makes the same sounds as a Basenji when he is annoyed or excited. When he wants to bark at something, he makes something similar to a howl which undulates in pitch. He does make a bark of sorts. It sounds like a muffled "ruff" and he won't do it again for a few seconds.

I thought you guys might want to take a look at a West African cousin of a Basenji.

First Basenji's

Well hello there, beautiful dog! What's his name? I like the shape of his ears.

Wow, what a beautiful friend you have there. I would love to know exactly what breed he is.

super cute! his ears remind me of a hyena's - kind of rounded triangles. does he have a tail at all - i can't find it in the first picture!

What a gorgeous looking dog! Would love to see more pictures!

Welcome to the forum!

He looks a lot like Dolce and acts just like her too.

Welcome and thanks for the pictures. Is he an Avuvi?

Welcome, he's lovely. I think we need to see more pics đŸ˜‰


Well hello there, beautiful dog! What's his name? I like the shape of his ears.

that was my exact thought - those lovely, lovely ears.
More pics, please!

Wow, he is a beautiful dog! His tail is long and straight, so not a basenji trait, but his face looking through the banister is very basenji - whatever he is, he certainly is unique!

I have never heard of an Avuvi until I read it above. I looked it up and was surprised that there was one at the dog park in Marietta, Ga last week. He thought it was a basenji mix since it had a straight up, pointed tail. Next time I see him, I will suggest researching Avuvi. Captmidight, are you still in Northern VA?

I had never heard of an Avuvi until now. He is a local dog from my village which was about 35 miles west from the Ghana Border. I would not be surprised that they are similar. I will try to post some more photos of him later.

Btw, his name is Whala. If anyone is considering an African name for a Basenji puppy, I would recommend Kikuyu (Ki Coo You). Its the Hausa word for puppy.

Great dog!
As far as I know the "typical" dogs in Togo are a breed called Hahoawu.

The description of the hahowu sounds similar to the basenji but with the straighter tail and without the basenji wrinkles. They also yodel instead of bark and come from Togo.


Wow he is so pretty..I love his picture through the banister.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Yes, please, more photos. Does your dog bark??

Welcome! Does he love stealing sun rays? đŸ™‚ He's adorable…

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