The Basenji, often referred to as the ‘African Barkless Dog’ or ‘Congo Dog,’ is an ancient small hound-like dog originally from Central Africa. They were bred to be hunting dogs by the people of Congo, and the breed has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. They are known for their acute eyesight, strong sense of smell, elegant appearance and their unique yodelling-like vocalisations, a strange noise they make instead of barking. Basenjis have a short, fine coat that doesn’t shed and requires minimal grooming. They are also very clean animals, spending a lot of time grooming themselves rather like a cat. They have almost no body odour. They are intelligent, independent, and have a very strong prey drive.
Basenjis are not overly affectionate and can be quite aloof with strangers. However, they are loyal and protective of their owners and can form strong bonds with humans. As they were originally pack dogs, they also enjoy the company of other dogs, and have a lot of energy. They don’t like being confined. They can jump very high fences and can also dig their way out to freedom from almost any enclosure.
Their independent nature can make them aloof at times, and they can be difficult to train. They are not naturally obedient and are not people-pleasers. However, they are highly intelligent and will respond to patient training. Their strong prey drive consistently leads them to chase smaller animals, and they should never be trusted with smaller pets including cats.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Basenji, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.