A Breed Of Dog That Cannot Bark

Yes, that’s right, there is a breed of dog that can’t bark! Meet the Basenji, a small to medium sized, elegant and square shaped breed that cannot bark at all. Some believe that the ability to bark was intentionally bred out of the breed in Central Africa, where a dog barking in the jungle was a clear giveaway to enemies. Interestingly, some also believe that the Basenji is the oldest dog breed in the world.

Breed Characteristics:

On a scale of 1-5


Adapts Well to Apartment Living-5

Good For Novice Owners-4

Sensitivity Level-3

Tolerates Being Alone-4

Tolerates Cold Weather-1

Tolerates Hot Weather-4

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate with Family-5

Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs-5

Dog Friendly-4

Friendly Toward Strangers-5

Amount Of Shedding-1

Drooling Potential-5

Health Grooming

Easy To Groom-5

General Health-2

Potential For Weight Gain-2



Easy To Train-1


Potential For Mouthiness-5

Prey Drive-5

Tendency To Bark Or Howl-1

Wanderlust Potential-5

Exercise Needs

Energy Level-5


Potential For Playfulness-2

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:Hound Dogs
Height:1 foot, 4 inches to 1 foot, 5 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:22 to 24 pounds
Life Span:10 to 12 years

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