• Interesting article about research on the breed.


  • Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.👍


  • Came to post the same thing. 😁


  • Here’s another interesting article - it’s on the Genome of the Basenji. link text
    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert owned a basenji named Niger in 1843. link text


  • Now we're talking scientific data! Thanks for these links!


  • @kembe
    1843 would be a much earlier date for Basenji "out of Africa" sighting, no? 😮

    And quite pudgy that "African dog brought back from the Niger expedition" !


  • @helle-devi said in Article on Basenjis:

    And quite pudgy that "African dog brought back from the Niger expedition" !

    Pudgy? Ha ha ha! Do NOT confuse fat with muscle. The more recent imports have longer bodies and less curled tails, but are more muscular, more athletic, and are a lot tougher than the "domestic" Basenjis. Not as "pretty", they are far closer to the "real thing" and to the original imports than what we see today. Put the two groups together on a lure course and one group will be 10X more likely to qualify.

    The imports also dominate agility. I think a 3/4 African dog bred by Cindy Griswold in Texas-- Zuri -- is the only Basenji which has managed a Mach 4 rating in the history of AKC Agility (might be wrong on that but I'm reasonably confident this is accurate). And when you look at a list of the top agility Basenjis, the imports are vastly over-represented. This could, by the way, be because the people who are drawn more to function than form are more interested in sports than showing. But they are definitely faster, stronger, and more athletic. Also larger.


  • @donc - I don't think that is a true statement, Import are tougher then the domestics. There are many that have lots of titles on their Basenjis (domestics)... and there are many that are field champions same as imports. Yes Cindy's Basenji was great at agility, but she is a wonderful trainer.

    As far as "not as pretty", true... they are long backed and tail set is low which accounts for the less curly. But "pudgy" indicates that they (either domestics or imports) are not in shape... regardless, a well conditioned Basenji will have a certain underline, light framed over the rib cage (meaning that when they move you can see the outline of the ribs. Basenjis can be heavy boned or light boned... many times a Basenji with a longer back/loin is lighted boned...

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