Basenji x ???

My husband and I adopted this sweet girl from a rescue last month. At 7 months old (currently) and 20lbs, we were told that she was likely a husky x terrier mix. Having done some research, I'm convinced she's part basenji. I've not heard her bark once; only howl/yodel. She's EXTREMELY smart, and easily bored. She's great with people and other dogs, and has the sweetest personality. She's still warming up to us but I think she will definitely be a cuddler. She has a bit of the triangular shaped head, though her nose is more square. She has the always erect ears and the curly tail. The only thing the rescue knew about her was that she had been found wandering out on a country road, and someone picked her up and tried to give her away for free on Facebook before the rescue intervened.

That being said, I have NO IDEA where the white coat/blue eyes came from. She has the bluest eyes I've ever seen in a dog! Has anyone here ever seen a basenji mix like this? I get stopped all the time by people wanting to know what she is, and I don't have a clue what to tell them! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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(She doesn't stand still for very long, so it's difficult to get a profile shot haha)

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I knew 2 white german shepherd x husky crosses that looked just like this beautiful baby! Short hair and all! So cute!!!!

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I've seen some husky x shepherd mixes with blue eyes, but never this small or with hair this short! She's definitely a mystery to me! ๐Ÿ˜†

Not sure what the mix is but thatโ€™s a great looking pup, congrats.

The blue eyes definitely suggest Husky, although they are common in Border Collies and Aussies. Siberian Huskies don't bark much, either. The curly tail certainly makes me wonder. And the short coat. This is one I would want to do a DNA test on, as the results might be very interesting!

Just had a thought. What about Dalmatian? Short hair, can have blue eyes.

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The question begs to be asked: Has there ever been an "albino Basenji" on record?

Striking pup, very pretty!

She's beautiful ! But those blue eyes don't say 'Basenji' to me - it would be nice to know though, if you are considering a DNA test. My money would be on Husky cross.

@eeeefarm I hadn't thought of dalmatian! Interesting. She doesn't have a spot on her, but it's possible!

@elbrant I was trying to do some research and find that out myself; so far no luck. ๐Ÿ˜

@Zande I took her to the vet yesterday and he is pretty confident from her temperament and build that she's not a husky mix.

The vet also recommended a DNA test, so we've got one ordered. Place your bets now! ๐Ÿคฃ

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OK, a great deal is wrong - but looking at that head again and discounting the colour of eyes, something suddenly said 'Pharaoh Hound' - I am very interested in the DNA tests

@zande The rescue mentioned Pharoah possibly as well! The blue eyes is what throws me the most, as well as the shape of her ears. Since her history is completely unknown, I'm hoping she isn't too mixed to get a good read on. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

@zande said in Basenji x ???:

OK, a great deal is wrong - but looking at that head again and discounting the colour of eyes, something suddenly said 'Pharaoh Hound' - I am very interested in the DNA tests

What about Ibizan? They can be all white. The eyes don't fit, of course.....

@eeeefarm said in Basenji x ???:

What about Ibizan? They can be all white. The eyes don't fit, of course.....

I keep looking back, but I see more Pharaoh than Ibbie - But its a pleasure to keep looking back at photos of such an appealing animal !

@zande said in Basenji x ???:

But its a pleasure to keep looking back at photos of such an appealing animal !

Thank you! If you have instagram, she's got her own insta @bigearsblueeyes if you want to check out her photos and follow her adventures! ๐Ÿ™‚

I keep going back to the corkscrew tail and the shape of her first thought was maybe akita or shiba, with that curly tail...but the short white coat wouldn't really fit with either of those. Genetics are a funny thing though, so it's hard to say. It's just interesting that not many breeds have blue eyes, and not many have corkscrew tails, and not many have ears that stand straight up at all times. And in the month we've had her, i've never heard her bark. Not once. She definitely "talks" to you, and i've heard her bay like a hound and yodel like a basenji, but never bark. ๐Ÿคท Her ears look sort of like an ibizan, but she's not that big. Her vet says she may fill out a little more, but she'll stay pretty compact and lean. She weighed in at 25lbs yesterday.

She's definitely unique, and I feel pretty lucky that we got her out of all the applications and those interested in her!

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WHAT a beauty you have! I hope you and she have happy, healthy, and loving lives together!

@doggonecrazy said in Basenji x ???:

My bet is Samoyed

No. No blue eyes on Sammys. Those eyes do look Sibe, though, this dog looks an awful lot like many of the racing huskies I've seen.

Does her tail curl right up when she's walking around? I have a white "Basenji" mix with a tail that looks just like hers, DNA says no Basenji in him. She is a very beautiful dog, I love blue eyes on a dog.

@giza1 Yes her tail is always curled except when she's sleeping it'll uncurl a bit. That's the only time her ears relax at all too.
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Thank you! She's definitely one of the most unique dogs I've ever seen!


Why other than white? Sammies don't have blue eyes, and they do have small thick artic ears and long double coats. I'll take your bet! Loser has to send other best 3 dog jokes they know?

@caratheduck I went looking for albino basenjis and found her page and I KNEW it was her. Love it. As for mixed, even if they can only give you the top 2 or 3 breeds, that's still great.

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37.5% Siberian Husky
25% Boxer
25% Pitbull
12.5% Rottweiler

We could not BE more surprised! The husky and even the pitbull were expected, but we were shocked by the boxer and rottweiler! We thought for sure that she must have some type of small breed in her lineage, as she's only 27lbs and at 9 months old not expected to get much bigger. It took me some time to wrap my head around it, and much internet research has been done in the past 12 hours. ๐Ÿ˜‚ The thing I couldn't quite figure out was where her curly tail came from. It turns out that some boxers have curly tails that we don't see because most boxers' tails are docked in America.

So it looks like we've got a Boxsky, y'all! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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