Said to be of ancient origin, this hunting breed was valued for its speed, intelligence, and silent workmanship. Basenjis have very pliant skin that allows them to navigate the dense underbrush without injury. They have a tight foot with a thick pad to help in travelling over rough terrain. They have excellent sight, very mobile ears, and an outstanding sense of smell. The Basenji is often called the “African Barkless” dog, but it is not mute. It can howl, growl and snarl. In addition it can make a yodeling noise and puppies can crow like roosters.
Foundation stock was successfully imported into England in 1936 from Africa, and the Kennel Club of Great Britain officially recognized the breed in 1941. And from the U.K., it migrated to the United States and Canada.