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Basenjis are small, graceful hounds standing 16 or 17 inches at the shoulder. They are recognizable by their glistening short coat, tightly curled tail, and wrinkled forehead and expressive almond-shaped eyes that convey a variety of subtle, humanlike emotions. Basenjis are a lovely sight at a standstill but more impressive yet at a fast trot, when they exhibit the long, smooth strides of a mini-racehorse. And yes, it’s true, they don’t bark, but they make their feelings known with an odd sound described as something between a chortle and a yodel. Basenjis are fastidious and will groom themselves like cats. This has been called a “cult breed”—small in numbers, but those lucky enough to own one do so with singular devotion (


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Linda Hammar-Del Favero 08 Mar 2020

I really like the different poses of the Basenjis you drew. We had a Basenji when my brother and I were teenagers. She had been abused and my brother rescued her. She was all brown and had short thick fur, and it is true she did not bark but had a high pitched yodel. She was very sensitive and devoted.

Artist Reply: thank you and I enjoyed reading about your experience with the breed..

Ginger Olansen 08 Mar 2020

Wow, what a fantastic job you have done with all these Basenjis. We had one but unfortunately, we lost her at age 5 due to Fanconi disease (kidney disease). The breeder we bought her from, breaded it in to many dogs and we did not know it. Such a gorgeous dog, a real characters, yodels really well, and loves to steel anything off a table within a foot of the edge! I lost more 20 dollar bills! Funny, I miss her. We now have Freyja, a Swedish Valhund a fantastic dog, so loving, great herder and smart.

Artist Reply: thank you for all the info - very interesting

Joanie Holliday 08 Mar 2020


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