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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 Louisville?

A recent WalletHub study analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Louisville is ranked as the 42nd most dog-friendly. The city is a great place for caring for your pet as it ranks 24th for pet health and wellness. The study also found Louisville to be an affordable place to have a pet, with the 29th ranking for pet budget.


A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Louisville as the 23rd most pet-friendly city. In the study, they mention the city’s great walkability and the high number of pet-related businesses as key reasons the city is so pet-friendly. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Louisville

Louisville has a variety of places for you and your dog to enjoy the outdoors. According to the SmartAsset study referenced above, there are 1.3 dog parks for every 100,000 residents in the city. Among these are seven off-leash dog parks where your furry friends can roam and play. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Morton Avenue Dog Park, Club K9 Dog Bar, Iroquois Park, and Louisville Waterfront Park. 


Louisville is also home to two scenic hiking trails; Louisville Riverwalk and Central Park. Both spots are great for going on an adventurous trek with your dog.

Life in Louisville with a dog

Louisville has over 180 pet-friendly restaurants, so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Molly Malones, Coals Artisan Pizza, Hammerheads, and The Comfy Cow. 


The city has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet shops, spas, and groomers. Plus, there are over half a dozen dog-friendly shopping centers for you and your pooch to browse.


Every year in Louisville, there are numerous dog-centered events to celebrate our furry companions. For example, Dog Day at the Park, where you and your four-legged friends can enjoy a game at Louisville Slugger Field.


If you have friends or family visiting Louisville, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they and their dogs can stay. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include 21c Museum Hotel, the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, and Aloft Louisville.

Popular dog breeds in Louisville

Louisville is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Boxers, Poodles, and Goldens. So, no matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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