The Basenji is one of the few breeds in the world that does not bark! Bred in Central Africa to hunt lions, the Basenji makes a sound more similar to a yodel, because of its uniquely shaped larynx. Basenjis have independent and aloof personalities, and make calm, loyal companions. They are a very intelligent breed and are easily recognized because of their tightly coiled tails, wrinkled foreheads, and large, erect ears. Basenjis would do well living in a variety of environments.
The Basenji is one of the oldest domesticated dog breeds, with evidence that this breed existed in ancient Egypt.
The Basenji originated in the Congo region of Western Africa, likely before the 19th century.