Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Basenji

Basenji


ORIGIN

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FCI
Central African Region.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
25.11.1999.
KC
September 1999

UTILISATION

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FCI
Hunting dog, companion.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 5Spitz and primitive types
Section 6Primitive type
Without working trial

KC
Hound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Lightly built, finely boned aristocratic looking animal, high on legs compared with its length, always poised, alert and intelligent. Wrinkled head, with pricked ears, proudly carried on a well arched neck. Deep brisket runs up into a definite waist, tail tightly curled presenting a picture of a well balanced dog of gazelle-like grace.
KC
Lightly built, finely boned aristocratic-looking animal, high on leg compared with its length, always poised, alert and intelligent. Wrinkled head, with pricked ears, proudly carried on a well arched neck. Deep brisket runs up into a definite waist, tail tightly curled presenting a picture of a well balanced dog of gazelle-like grace.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Distance from top of head to stop slightly more than from stop to tip of nose.
KC
Barkless but not mute, its own special noise a mixture of a chortle and a yodel. Remarkable for its cleanliness in every way.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Barkless but not mute, its own special noise a mixture of a chortle and a yodel. Remarkable for its cleanliness in every way. An intelligent, independent, but affectionate and alert breed. Can be aloof with strangers.
KC
An intelligent, independent, but affectionate and alert breed. Can be aloof with strangers.

HEAD

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FCI
Fine and profuse wrinkles appearing on forehead when ears pricked; side wrinkles desirable but not exaggerated into dewlap; wrinkles more noticeable in puppies, but because of lack of shadowing, not as noticeable in tricolours.
KC
Flat, well-chiselled and medium width, tapering towards nose, with slight stop. Distance from top of head to stop slightly more than from stop to tip of nose. Side lines of skull taper gradually towards mouth, giving a clean-cheeked appearance. Fine and profuse wrinkles appearing on forehead when ears pricked, side wrinkles desirable but not exaggerated into dewlap. Wrinkles more noticeable in puppies, but because of lack of shadowing, not as noticeable in tricolours; black nose desirable.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat, well-chiselled and medium width, tapering towards the nose. Side lines of skull taper gradually towards mouth, giving a clean-cheeked appearance.

Stop

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FCI
Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black nose desirable.

Muzzle

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KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square in the jaws.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark, almond-shaped; obliquely set, far-seeing and rather inscrutable in expression.
KC
Dark, almond-shaped, obliquely set, far-seeing and rather inscrutable in expression.

Ears

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FCI
Small, pointed, erect and slightly hooded, of fine texture, set well forward on top of head, tip of ear nearer centre of skull than outside base.
KC
Small, pointed, erect and slightly hooded, of fine texture, set well forward on top of head, tip of ear nearer centre of skull than outside base.

NECK

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FCI
Strong and of good length, without thickness, well crested and slightly full at base of throat with a graceful curve accentuating crest. Well set into shoulders giving head a « lofty » carriage.
KC
Strong and of good length, without thickness, well crested and slightly full at base of throat with a graceful curve accentuating crest. Well set into shoulders giving head a ‘lofty’ carriage.

BODY

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FCI
Balanced.
KC
Balanced with short, level back. Ribs well sprung, deep and oval. Loin short-coupled, deep brisket running up into definite waist.

Back

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FCI
Short, level.

Loin

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FCI
Short-coupled.

Chest

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FCI
Deep brisket. Ribs well sprung, deep and oval.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Running up into a definite waist.

TAIL

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FCI
High set, with posterior curve of buttock extending beyond root of tail giving a reachy appearance to hindquarters. Curls tightly over spine and lies closely to thigh with a single or double curl.
KC
High set, with posterior curve of buttock extending beyond root of tail giving a reachy appearance to hindquarters. Curls tightly over spine and lies closely to thigh with a single or double curl.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight with fine bone. Legs in a straight line to ground giving a medium front.
KC
Shoulders well laid back, muscular, not loaded. Elbows tucked in against brisket. When viewed from front, elbows in line with ribs and legs should continue in a straight line to ground giving a medium front. Forelegs straight with fine bone and very long forearms. Pasterns good length, straight and flexible.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back, muscular, not loaded.

Elbow

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FCI
Tucked in against brisket. When viewed from front, elbows in line with ribs.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Very long.

Pastern

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FCI
Good length, straight and flexible.

FEET

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KC
Small, narrow and compact, with deep pads, well arched toes and short nails.

Forefeet

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FCI
Small, narrow and compact, with deep pads, well arched toes and short nails.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and muscular.
KC
Strong and muscular, hocks well let down, turned neither in nor out, with long second thighs and moderately bent stifles.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderately bent.

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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FCI
Long.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down, turned neither in nor out.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Legs carried straight forward with a swift, long, tireless, swinging stride.
KC
Legs carried straight forward with a swift, long, tireless, swinging stride.

SKIN

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FCI
Very pliant.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short, sleek and close, very fine.
KC
Short, sleek and close, very fine. Skin very pliant.

COLOUR

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FCI
Pure black and white; red and white; black and tan, and white with melon pips and tan markings on muzzle and cheeks; black; tan and white; brindle red background with black stripes, the more clearly defined the stripes the better. The white should be on the feet, chest and tail tip. White legs, blaze and white collar optional.
KC
Pure black and white; red and white; black, tan and white with tan melon pips and mask; black; tan and white. Brindle, red background with black stripes, the more clearly defined the stripes the better. The white should be on feet, chest and tail tips. White legs, blaze and white collar optional.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height: dogs: 43 cms (17 ins) at withers; bitches: 40 cms (16 ins) at withers. Ideal weight: dogs: 11 kgs (24 lbs); bitches: 91/2 kgs (21 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI
Ideal height dogs 43 cm (17 ins) at withers, bitches 40 cm (16 ins) at withers.

Weight

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FCI
Ideal weight dogs 11 kg (24 lbs), bitches 9 1/2 kg (21 lbs).

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.