Basenji - care, feeding and breed characteristics
World of animals does not cease to surprise us again andagain. And this applies not only to new species or rare representatives of fauna. Even quite familiar to us pets can be an unexpected discovery. Here, it would seem that this may be puzzling in dogs? However, among these our four-legged pets have a unique dog. For example, representatives of the Basenji breed. What is the uniqueness and singularity of these dogs? What is so special about this breed?
Where did Basenji?
For Russia, this breed is still very rare. For the first time in our country, it emerged in the late nineties of the last century. A Basenji history began in Africa more than five thousand years ago. The tribes of natives that lived in the jungles of Central Africa, held small and graceful dogs as indispensable companions while hunting. It is also known that dogs have been an inherent part of the local sorcerers, shamans and medicine men.
In Europe, these dogs were introduced in 1895. But, unfortunately, the first pair of new African dogs could not adapt to the conditions of civilization, and the experience of breeding a new breed was unsuccessful. A second attempt was made ten years later, when representatives of this species lived in the Berlin zoo, where he came into the world the first European offspring basenji.
In 1937, the breed was represented at the exhibitionKraft in the US as a "jungle dog" or "Congo Terrier". Since the beginning of the breed is rapidly gaining popularity in the world of dog lovers, not only because of its exotic origin, but also very interesting features.
Unique features of the breed
Let's start with the fact that these dogs do not bark! Yes, they absolutely do not have this characteristic trait of all domestic dogs. You can hear all sorts of sounds Basenji: growling, snorting, muttering, whining, giggle, but not barking. Unusual voice of these dogs is very melodic and sometimes resembles a kind of Tyrolean singing. This is probably their main, but not the only "highlight".
Unlike all the other dogs, females whoready for procreation twice a year, basenji, ladies are able to fertilize only once a year. This usually occurs in late autumn and winter there is not numerous progeny that have the innate immune system resistant to many diseases.
Another feature Basenji - Absencetypical dog smell. "Of dog" did not smell silky short hair these dogs even in the wet. In addition, their hair is absolutely safe for people with allergies. These dogs everything else extremely accurate and cleanly. They never will not wipe the soiled food muzzle of furniture, carpet or clothes host (that pleasure makes many pets). These dogs bring myself up, washing up and licking like a cat. Like cats, they also like curled up, lie down near the head or knees on the host.
But the content does not differ Basenjicontent of other dogs. For example, the question of how to feed dogs, should not occur at the owner of this dog. The basis of the diet - meat and vegetables, cereals and dairy products.
Generally Basenji - simply perfectCompanion dogs, undemanding in care. They are accommodating and perseverance, but also very fond of frolic. They are wonderful and attentive "interlocutors". They have a natural charm and innate sense of self-esteem. They are able to emphasize the superiority of the master without undue servility. They are considerate and rather tricky.
Basenji: the origin of the breed is associated with the mythology and mystical stories. The natives firmly believed that these dogs are able to protect from evil spirits, restore vitality, and put out negative energy. Faith in their magical powers confirmed by the burial of the Egyptian pharaohs, where rest and embalmed mummy Basenji.
One of the ancient African legend says thatthese dogs once knew how to speak the human language. But one of them recognized the important secret of his master, and fearing blurt silent forever. So there were these mysterious African Nela dogs.</ P>