Basenji Puppies for Sale in New York City, NY

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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 New York City?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, New York City is the 90th most pet-friendly city. The city’s strength is outdoor pet-friendliness, where it ranked 16th overall.


However, the city does not fair as well for pet health and wellness, with a rank of 71st. Plus, New York City is one of the most expensive cities for pets, ranking 95th in terms of pet budget. The city has the highest veterinary care costs in the country. It also has the highest dog insurance premium.

Dog parks and activities 

On the other hand, the study found New York City to have the highest number of dog parks per capita. According to a study by ParkScore, New York City has 1.62 dog parks per 100,000 residents. This means that you’ll always be close to a dog run no matter what neighborhood you live in.


There are dozens of parks, many of which have areas where dogs are allowed off-leash between 9 P.M. and 9 A.M. You can enjoy early morning off-leash walks and meet your fellow dog owners and make new friends for you and your pet. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Sirius Dog Run in Battery Park City, Tompkins Square in the East Village, and Carl Schurz Dog Park on the Upper East Side.


With over 500 dog-friendly restaurants in New York City, you will always have somewhere to get a bite with your furry friend. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in New York City include Barking Dog, Parnell’s Pub, Sidewalk Cafe, and Bistro Les Amis.


Getting around NYC with a dog

New York is very much a walking city, making it a great place for ensuring you and your dog have plenty of opportunities to stay active. New York City is also great when you need to get around the city via public transportation. The New York City Transit allows pets on the MTA bus and small dogs are also permitted on the subway.

Popular breeds in NYC

New York City is home to a diverse range of dogs. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Poodles, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, and Labrador Retrievers. You’ll see more of certain breeds in different areas across the city. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are popular in Upper East Side and Tribeca, and Dachshunds are popular in Chelsea.

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