Basenji Puppies for Sale in Durham, NC

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Basenji Characteristics

Originally used to hunt and flush small game in the Congo, the Basenji is now an increasingly popular breed as a family pet.  They’re clever and independent, but deeply loyal to their families. If you can meet their needs, they can adapt to families, individuals, and even apartment living.

Fast Facts

  • Energy High
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Stubborn

With such a unique regal appearance and personality, the Basenji can be a challenge for some. But for people love a little attitude and intelligence, the Basenji can be the ideal companion. The Basenji stands about 16 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 22-24 pounds. These dogs come in a variety of colors including black, blue, brindle, and white. They also shed very little, which is appealing, but their temperament and personality are very unique.  
 
Similar to the Pekingese, these dogs have little desire to please their humans, and their extreme intelligence makes them difficult to train. Early socialization and obedience training can help here, but it is important to be a clear and consistent alpha leader in the house; otherwise, your basenji will assume the position and be very difficult to maintain.
 
Those who know the Basenji best say the breed is great at making you keep your house tidy, as nearly any object left on the floor will be chewed on. In many ways, this trait, plus the Basenji's low-shed coat makes the breed perfect for highly clean and organized individuals and families. Finally, similar to many Huskies, the Basenji is a known escape artist. It is not advised to leave these dogs unattended in your backyard for long, as they can scale many fences and are undeterred by electronic fences.
 
For owners looking for a poised, intelligent, independent dog that still has tons of affection, this is the dog for you.
 

How dog-friendly is Durham?

A recent study from WalletHub analyzed some of the largest US cities to find the most pet-friendly. In the study, Durham is ranked the 84th most pet-friendly location in the country. The city is one of the most affordable places to have a dog as it scored 8th overall in the pet budget category.  

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Durham

Durham has tons of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 1.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. A few of the most popular dog parks are Northgate Dog Park, Piney Wood Dog Park, and Durham Dog Park.


In Durham, you’ll also find several great dog-friendly trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few of the best spots to explore are Eno River State Park, Eagles Spur Rail-Trail, Buckquarter Creek Trail, and American Tobacco Trail.

Life in Durham with a dog

Durham has over 50 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your pup will always have a variety of options when you want to get something to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Local 22, Fullsteam Brewery, Geer Street Garden, and Rookie’s.


Norfolk has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, pet stores, and doggy daycares. The city is also one of the best places to live when you need to find a residence for you and your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Durham the 7th best city for the number of pet-friendly rental listings.


If you have friends or family visiting Durham, they’ll have dozens of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include JB Duke Hotel, Unscripted Durham, Sonesta Select, and Aloft Durham.

Popular dog breeds in Durham

Durham is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Beagles, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you end up adding to your family, your new pup will find many canine peers throughout the city.

 

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