• Kona gives my husband a big baroo every night when he comes home. I think it is his favorite part of the day. She also sighs (we assume out of contentment) when she is snuggled up with us on the couch or in bed. We love it.


  • Sounds like the yawning noise is fairly common between Basenjis. I know my B does that and it's as vocal as he gets. He does it a lot in the morning when it's time to get up. Like another owner mentioned, an alarm clock.


  • My only vocal B is Kiya. She Yodels, Grrrs, Waaahhhsss, and eeerrrrr'ss. One really funny noise she makes is this growl. Its hard to describe. She wags her tail and dances right in front of me but she growls. Its odd. At first I thought she was upset but now I know its her " I'm happy to see you mom" Grrrrrrrrrrrr sound.


  • Tosca definitely "purrs" when I pet her…I guess that's part of the reason they say basenjis are like cats 🙂


  • Funny enough after coming home today, my boy let out this strange "growl/howl" when I was setting his food down for dinner. 2nd time he's ever done this. Hehe.


  • Maya, our boy Tyler makes that purring noise with his 'real mom', my daughter. It's very low and quiet. As a matter of fact I didn't believe her for the longest time. It was recently when she was home from school, and we were having a mom/daughter talk, snuggled together with the dogs, and I placed a hand on Ty and felt the rumble.


  • Dallas is usually pretty quite. He definitely does the yawn thing though. I think it's so cute! Haha.


  • Vanessa, my Cleo does that happy growl noise too. It took me a time or two to figure out what was going on. lol She usually does it when I'm getting their dinner ready. I can get her to do it almost every day now at meal time. 🙂 Her daughter Roxie has randomly done it once or twice when very excited, but I don't think I've ever heard it out of Mojo. He however is my most vocal overall, by far!


  • Bella is mostly quiet unless we ask her to "talk." Then she can howl, yodel, umph, and do the growl/howl thing. Funny thing is she sometimes sounds like she is saying "Nooooo!!!!!"

    On her own (without being told to talk): When she gets nervous (car rides) she will do the yawn/oww thing… She also grumbles and/or growls to tell us when she is mad.


  • Our little girl, Nami, is very vocal. She has a special greeting for us whenever we come home. And if we reach into the treat jar but don't give her the treat in a timely manner, we hear about that too… she scolds us for being too slow. Nami will also "talk" to the other dogs at the bark-park when they won't play with her.

    Our boy, Radar, is just the opposite. We refer to him as "The strong, silent type." He doesn't say much, but when he does, it is very loud! He usually sounds off when he and his sister are wrestling, then Nami breaks away to hide under the dining room table. He'll stand in the middle of the room and let loose with a resounding "bah-rooooooo."

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