Dog of the Day: Basenji Mix?

Well, he kind of looks like a basenji to me. Perhaps we can get frequent reader M.C., proud Basenji cuddler and owner of her own dog blog, to confirm or deny.

Basenji Mix

I've noticed there are two kinds of leashed dogs: the ones that mellow, and the ones that, well, are 'always at the end of their leash'.

Basenji Mix

The racing stripe is unusually complete. It goes all the way to the back of his head.

Basenji Mix

So aerodynamic! And with the racing stripe too. This must be one fast dog!

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23 Responses to Dog of the Day: Basenji Mix?

  1. M.C. says:

    Awww, I think he’s certainly as cute as a Basenji, in his own way. 😉 I love his blaze.

    I think the markings definitely make this a possibility! A lot of terrier mixes are identified as B-mixes too though, and the muzzle and ears make me lean more in that direction. I’m no expert in canine genetics, so the best I can do is guess based on visual inspection and my own experience — and my own experience (i.e., observing the Basenji Rescue mailing list for years, including the calls for mixes) has shown that what gets typed as a “basenji mix” can vary WIDELY!

  2. Gregg says:

    Great to discover your blog through The House of Two Bows. I agree that I see some possible basenji characteristics. Hope you have the chance to meet my two basenjis sometime either virtually or in the fur.

    • Adam Lang says:

      I’d love to! Basenjis have been terribly underrepresented on DoSF: I think I’ve only ever posted one, in fact. (Candle, here.) Next one I find, I’m going to try to get a video recording of their ‘bark’ because I think it’s hilarious.

      Saw the link to your blog on Two Bows too, and forwarded it on to Autumn (my girlfriend) yesterday; a lot of it looks like it would be right up her alley.

  3. Regina Sjostrom says:

    That dog looks ecxsactly like my dog we think that that is her or one of her sisters she is a shelter dog

  4. Scott says:

    My boy Diesel is spitting image. His ears are always up but can lay em back like that when excited. I thought he was a basenji and a Australian cattle dog mix.. or a basenji and formosen mountain dog.. I don’t know. I’D love to know tho.. he’s nothing short of amazing.. hearding. Hunting.. and brains.

    • Adam Lang says:

      Sounds like a great dog. I’ve heard that some of the sighthounds can be very, very versatile, if you just get the right dog. Sounds like you hit the genetic jackpot!

  5. Dusty Brummett says:

    Do basenji’s have pit in them?

  6. Matilda says:

    This looks very much alike my dog! She is a rescue dog from Mexico. She looks a lot like a basenji but is heavier, about 15 kg. I’ve been wondering what else might be in her, any ideas?

    • Adam Lang says:

      Okay, two questions and one comment.

      Comment: AWWW!

      Question 1: Does your pup have a normal-sounding bark? If so, does she sound like a big dog or a small dog? (Or in between?)

      Question 2: Does your pup ever howl?

  7. Alice Poots says:

    we have a Vizsla Basenji mix we adopted a year ago. She was originally a rescue from
    Mexico. We rehomed her because her previous owner could no longer keep her. Ruby is a very loving dog, always ready for a cuddle but also full of energy and needs lots of exercise to tire her out.
    We were used to a small lap dog so it took us some time to adjust to Ruby. We quickly found out she was a runner. Man, can she run. She seldom barks but she does yodel.

    • Adam Lang says:

      Basenjis do have a fair amount of energy… and vizslas can be just nuts! I bet it did take some time to get used to her, but a dog that can drag you out for some exercise is rarely a bad thing. 🙂

  8. R says:

    Wow! This pup is practically a carbon copy of our newly adopted shelter pup. Ours is only 18 months though so I doubt they’re related, but it’s amazing to see how similar they are! We think ours is a Basenji/Terrier mix. She jumps incredibly high (about 5 feet) and makes Chewbacca noises. She does bark though, so that’s for sure the Terrier or whatever else she has that’s not Basenji!

  9. James Dean Ririe says:

    I have a 3 year old female, rescued her when she was 4 mo.
    Have always never been able to say she is for sure any certain mix. I always thought red heller & Italian greyhound. or Australian cattle dog w/ greyhound.

    • Adam Lang says:

      I take it she looks like this pup? Got any pictures online? If so, drop a link in the comments here and we’ll see what we think!

  10. Roman S says:

    Looks like our Mexican rescue. She’s about 3 years old, the vet believes she might be a Beagle/basenji mix. She’s 15kg, very fast runner and picks up scents very easily. Doesn’t yodel, very quiet. But the occasional deep bark, you’d swear it was a much larger dog. Generally a real cuddle bug.

    • Adam Lang says:

      There aren’t a lot of basenji mixes out there, but it’s quite possible. Any pictures of her online? If so, post some links in a comment here, maybe our expert band of dog-breed-guessers can help!

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