How to care for a basenji
The basenji is a breed of dog from Africa, its origin goes back to the lands of the Congo, apparently it was the hunting partner of the pygmies. The Africans believed that this dog alienated the evil spirits and ended up becoming a sacred dog for the Egyptians. The story of the Basenji is full of enigmas and mysteries. If it is your pet, it is very important that you know what specific care you should provide so that it is always healthy and in perfect condition. Keep reading this article where we explain how to care for a basenji.
Let's tell you a little about the basenji's personality so that you understand his needs. He is a watchdog, willful, vigilant, curious, stubborn and always on alert. A very intelligent pet and very dependent on his master. It is a trait that defines the basenji in a somewhat exaggerated way, he feels a great attachment for his family and this can sometimes cause certain discomforts at home, especially if he does not know strangers at home. He has a peculiar personality, is nervous, playful and, sometimes, as independent as a cat could be. Sometimes, simply, he does not want to obey. In spite of being this way, it denotes serenity, it is a race that never barks, it emits a special sound between a smothered smile and a song similar to the Tyrolean one.
One of the fundamental care of Basenji is the walks. Although it is a dog that adapts perfectly to life in the city and small spaces, you need to take long and energetic walks. His nature makes him love with madness the freedom of open and quiet spaces. You will have to take it out frequently and always choosing hours calmly, because it does not take well the bustle. To make it a pleasant and relaxing routine, avoid areas with a lot of fuss.
It is a pet that likes heat a lot, and cold not so much. And since you love outdoor spaces, be very careful with house barriers, because if you forget to close something, your dog will go for a spontaneous walk. A risk that is worth not running in case something happened to him on the street.
Training is essential . When they are small, they are very naughty and love to bite absolutely everything they find. He dedicates time to early education to control that character a bit and make him more obedient. Your dog will always be a playful passionate, but you can receive orders and fulfill them. Start with simple commands, such as sitting, giving the leg, going to bed ..., you will see how with the strength of repetition and rewards, you will get your basenji to become a very polite furry.
Regarding food, the basenji is not a very demanding and complex pet with its tastes. You will have to give between 250 and 300 grams daily of well-balanced dry feed so that it stays strong, vital and at full capacity. You can also give them sweets every day, although with a low percentage of fats and empty calories. To complete your food maintenance, you can give it once a day, along with its dry feed, about 50-100 grams of wet food of good quality.
The basenji is a dog very healthy by nature, do not know many weaknesses. One of the best known is that it does not tolerate the cold well. But in that case, you can wrap it up with some special garment or take it out for a walk in the sunny hours. In the following article you can see How to protect a dog from the cold.
At home, especially in cold weather, let your bed be close to the heating and always raised from the ground. A progressive retinal atrophy has been detected in the race, which usually ends in blindness and also Fanconi syndrome that can cause renal failure, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and hemolytic anemia. For the rest, it is a race of great strength, punctual medical checkups will suffice, and you should never forget vaccines and worming.
And finally, regarding basic hygiene, the care that a basenji needs is very few. The frequency of washing should be like that of a cat, because it is a breed that does not give off hair or odors. You can brush your hair daily with a bristle glove and you will have an unblemished mantle. Also try to keep your eyes clean, for this you can use wipes with saline. And without forgetting, the oral care, since he is a puppy you must accustom him to regular brushing to avoid any residue or residue in his teeth.