Basenji Puppies for Sale in Knoxville, TN

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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 Knoxville?

A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzes some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Knoxville is considered the 2nd most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A+ for the number of dog-friendly trails and dog-friendly restaurants. It also got an A for dog parks and the cost of dog insurance.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Knoxville

Knoxville has tons of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some sun. There are 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents, the 5th highest in the country. A few of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are Plumb Creek Dog Park, Holston River Dog Park, Dogwood Park at Victor Ashe Park, Paws and Pals Dog Park, and Pet Safe Concord Park. 


Knoxville is also home to a variety of great hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Knoxville City Greenways, West Hills Dogwood Trail, and Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.  

Life in Knoxville with a dog

Knoxville has over 150 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to grab something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Aubrey’s Strawberry Plains, Cafe 4, Wild Wing Cafe, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria. 


Knoxville has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. Plus, every year, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


The city is a great location when it comes to time to find a place to live with your dog. According to Zumper, Knoxville is the 16th best city for pet-friendly rental listings.


If your friends or family are in Knoxville for a visit, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Graduate Knoxville, Staybridge Suites, Comfort Inn, and Extended Stay Knoxville Cedar Bluff. 

Popular dog breeds in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Goldens, French Bulldogs, Beagles, Poodles, Rottweilers, Yorkshire Terriers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter which dog breed you decide to add to your family, your new pup will have many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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