Dog Breed Type: The Basenji is a hound breed. They originated as hunting dogs, and are still used for hunting in Africa.
Background: The Basenji originated in Africa, where it was a favorite of Egyptian pharaohs. The breed wasn’t successfully brought to England until the 1930s, and was then introduced to the United States. Most Western Basenjis are descended from the original imports, but more were imported from Africa in the 1980s to increase the gene pool.