For centuries, the Basenji was bred by natives of Africa for hunting purposes. They are small and elegant but best known for their lack of barking. A unique characteristic is that they make noises that resemble a yodeling-like sound when excited or pleased to see you return home from work.
How much do Basenji puppies cost?
A Basenji puppy’s cost will depend on the breeder, registration, quality, and geographical location. For instance, a show-quality AKC registered dog with champion line parents might be worth as much as $1,800+, whereas one without papers could only range from anywhere between $500-$1000+. The average price for these can fall somewhere in either of those two extremes.
PuppyFind.com, which is an online classified website for puppies looking to find their new home, only had less than 15 active listings at the time of this publishing with most breeders asking for $1,000 on average. Burke’s Backyard says that the average puppy can start at a much lower price point, about $500, but since this dog only breeds once a year, there are often waiting lists when it comes to ordering one – and prices could be higher.
What should be included in the adoption fee?
A reputable breeder will always include registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccination, deworming papers, a health guarantee, and vet examination records from the dog’s last visit. If you are shipping your new pup across the country or overseas, a crate should also be included in the price.
Any extra costs to consider?
The spay or neuter procedure can cost upwards of $200-$300 if it is not included in the pup price.
Due to the rarity of this breed, there’s a good chance you will have to ship your pet dog through an airline. Most airlines charge $200-$400 for shipping.
The many aspects of owning a dog and the various costs that come with it need to be considered. Dog owners should anticipate expenses for food, accessories, obedience classes, routine appointment visits for their veterinarian as well as any possible surprises- such as an emergency vet visit. If you are considering getting pet insurance then make sure you know what is covered and how much coverage will cost per month so there won’t be any unwanted surprises.
Most reputable breeders won’t offer you breeding rights, but there are some who may for an additional $500.
Obedience classes are an excellent way for puppies to learn the basics of sit, stay, and lie down. They help with separation anxiety if they suffer from it. However, these dogs can be very hard to train since they are independent thinkers. “10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Get a Basenji” is a guide that points out some other destructive behaviors.
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Despite their muscular body, this breed is also quite lean and agile. They move with ease and agility due to the lightness of their frame. They have a wedge-shaped face with wrinkles on the forehead. The eyes are almond-shaped, dark hazel in shade, and black-rimmed, set obliquely within its facial area. You’ll notice they have small ears situated forward atop of the head; these furry appendages having been hooded slightly but still standing tall.
This medium-sized breed has a distinctive high, tightly curled tail that can be chestnut red or pure black. The glossy hair covers their pliant skin and the coat color is brindle with white markings on its feet, tip of the tail, chest as well as forehead.
The Basenji is a small dog averaging about 15 inches tall from the shoulder. They can live up to 14-16 years with proper care and nutrition, making them one of the longer living breeds. They can weigh about 18 to 22 pounds.
Basenjis are a poised and elegant breed of hunting dogs originating from Africa, bred to be companions for Pharaohs. This intelligent dog is often seen as having the finest traits in its nature: curious, inquisitive, alert but not aggressive.
The Basenji is known for being the “barkless dog.” When they are excited, as mentioned previously, their unique yodeling sound can be heard from far away! They are loving and warm inside of a family but don’t trust strangers easily so you’ll need to spend time getting them used to your company. If you have an outside yard or area that’s perfect for running free, then this might just be the pup for you.
Health concerns for the breed include Fanconi Syndrome, kidney dystrophy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (an eye disorder), and hip dysplasia.
A hypoallergenic dog: due to the minimal shedding of this coat’s fur it is considered to be hypoallergenic but while there’s no such thing as an allergy-free pet, if you have strong allergies, then you should know that the thin coat will produce a little dander.
Any way to save some money?
Local adoption centers and rescue groups are a great option for those looking to adopt. While many of these organizations have limited supplies, there could be an adorable dog waiting just around the corner that you’ll fall in love with. Adopting is also your chance to support local businesses while helping out dogs in need.