Basenji Puppies for Sale in Rochester, 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 Rochester?

A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest reviewed some of the largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Rochester is the 25th most dog-friendly city with a population between 200,000 and 350,000.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Rochester

Rochester has many dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and get its daily exercise. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Better Together Dog Park, Greece Canal Dog Park, and Ellison Dog Park.


Rochester also has several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Highland Park, Genesee Valley Greenway, Canalway Trail, and Pittsford Trail System.

Life in Rochester with a dog

In Rochester, you’ll find dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Jines Restaurant, Swiftwater Brewing Company, The Gate House, and Mercantile on Main. 


Rochester has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. Plus, the city is a great location when it comes time to find a place to live with your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Rochester as the 26th best city for pet-friendly rentals.


If your friends or family are visiting Rochester, 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 include Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, and Hammock Hotel.

Popular dog breeds in Rochester

Rochester is home to a diverse range of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Havanese, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, Golden Retrievers, and Beagles. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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