Basenji Puppies for Sale in Pittsburgh, PA

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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 Pittsburgh?

A recent study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Pittsburgh is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly locations in the country because of its outdoor pet-friendliness and pet affordability. It ranks 20th and 22nd in these categories.

A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Pittsburgh as the 15th most pet-friendly city. They rank the city as one of the best places to have a pet because of the high number of dog parks and pet-friendly establishments. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get their daily dose of exercise and play. According to the SmartAsset study, there are 2.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. This is one of the highest numbers in the country. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Riding Meadow Park, Bernard Dog Run, Hartwood Acres County Dog Park, Point State Park, and White Oak Park. 

Life in Pittsburgh with a dog

Pittsburgh has over 100 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants include Industry Public House, Redfin Blues, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle, and Mindful Brewing Company.

Pittsburgh has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and dog-friendly shopping centers. The city is also a favorable location when you want to find a place to live with your dog. A Zumper study ranked Lexington as the 38th best city in the country for pet-friendly rental listings.

When your friends and family are visiting Steel City, they too will have no trouble finding somewhere to stay with their dog as the city has dozens of pet-friendly hotels. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Omni William Penn Hotel, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, and The Oaklander Hotel.

Popular dog breeds in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and American Pit Bull Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.

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