The Basenji: A Barkless Dog?

The Basenji is known as the barkless dog, but this dog breed is anything but silent.

By Juliette Cunliffe | May 31, 2012

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Though the Basenji is known as “the barkless dog,” this dog breed is far from mute. The Basenji is, in fact, capable of barking, but the Basenjis’ vocal cords are not really shaped for barking. The Basenji’s larynx is located in a different place than those of other dogs, and as a result, these dogs make their own special noises.

The Basenji makes a wide variety of delightful vocalizations, including yodels, chortles and mumbles. Most Basenji noises are usually reserved for moments of happiness and contentment. This is truly something one needs to experience to appreciate!

Upon seeing and smelling the aromatic dash of a rabbit, a Basenji is likely to whimper, and when in pain the dog can screech like a siren! Also, one should never be fooled into thinking that Basenjis will never disturb the neighbors, because the noises they make can be rather alarming.

It is not unknown for police and medical services to have been called to a house because a neighbor thought that someone was in agony inside. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the dreadful noise had emanated from a discontented or excited Basenji!

 

Excerpt from Basenji, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Basenji here.
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MARION   BALLARAT EAST, Wyoming

3/4/2014 11:39:38 PM

THE BASENJI IS A BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL...WE HAD ONE FOR 13 YEARS AND HE WAS A GORGEOUS BOY! HE WAS GREAT WITH THE KIDS, HE WOULD TOLERATE THEM DRESSING HIM UP AND SIT FOR AGES LETTING THEM SPOIL HIM WITH SNACKS TOO...HE WAS VERY PROTECTIVE OF THE HOUSE BUT NEVER HURT ANYONE, ONLY BAIL THEM UP AT THE DOOR WHEN SOME ONE KNOCKED....I COULD GO ON FOREVER ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL FUR BABY...WE ALL LOVED HIM VERY MUCH AND HE LOVED A CUDDLE AND SLEEP ON THE BED TOO!

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