Basenji-a BARK-LESS dog.

Basenji comes from Africa, it is trained by the main purpose of helping human beings with hunting in the old days. Basenjis are extremely intelligent dogs breed but they are also highly independent. They are also pretty dogs, because they often clean themselves like cats, unlike other dog breeds always dirty and smelly. They always walk with elegant steps and with their heads high up in the sky. However, the most interesting fact about Basenji is that they are unable to bark like what normal dogs do in daily lives!

It is believed that Basenji originates from wild canids that do not bark. After all, keep silent in the nature is a crucial key to the survival in the wild world. But scientists offer a more scientific explanation for the inability to bark,they discover that the voice box of a basenji is narrower and more uniform in diameter than most dogs, so basenjis will make noise but they don’t usually force it out all at once as a bark.

However it is told that though Basenji is unable to bark, it is not mute either. It can still growl, whine, howl and when it is happy it makes a yodeling sound. It should not be misunderstood  for a growl. A yodeling Basenji is a happy Basenji! Some yodel in a very low tune and some go very high. Especially the males can yodel very low.

REFERENCES

-Basenji, http://www.yulara.se/english/basenji.htm

-GREAT !! THE PERFECT DOG !! A DOG WHO CAN’T BARK AND CLEAN AS A CAT ??, May 12th, 2009, http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message980137/pg1

-Basenji, http://www.seefido.com/dog-breeds/html/basenji.htm

-10 most frequently asked questions about Basenjis, http://www.adventurelandbasenjis.com/10_most_frequently_asked_questio.htm

-Basenji FAQ’s, http://www.abutu.com/basenjis2_en.htm

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