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basenji

(bəsĕn`jē), breed of medium-sized houndhound,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred to hunt animals. Most of the dogs in this group hunt by scent, their quarry ranging from such large game as bear or elk to small game and vermin; ground scenters trail slowly with the head low, and
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 whose origins can be traced back several thousand years to Africa and the courts of the Egyptian pharaohs. It stands about 17 in. (43.2 cm) high at the shoulders and weighs about 23 lb (10.4 kg). Its short, silky coat may be colored chestnut red, black, or black and tan, with white chest, feet, and tip of tail. The basenji has two unique characteristics: it does not bark but utters a sound that has been described as a chortle or whine, and, in the manner of a cat, it cleans its own body. Possessing a keen sense of smell, the basenji was used in its native Africa as a hunter but is now commonly kept as a house pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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The only things that seemed constant were the strange nightly rituals, the hunger for meat, and the Basenji.
The two-year-old, known as Sid, from Colchester, Essex, is the first Basenji to win the title.
Above: Paul Singleton from Colchester, Essex, with last year's Supreme Champion, a Basenji called Jethard Cidevant, known to his doggy pals as Cid; Top left: Evie, a dalmatian, relaxes at Crufts last year; Below: An Irish Setter, Caspians Intrepid, won the Best of Show in 1999; Below left: Spectating at Crufts, Todd, a member of the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Team, waits his turn to rehearse for the big; show
BREEDER Paul Singleton was celebrating today after his Basenji named Champion Jethard Cidevant won the Best in Show 2001 Crufts title.
Pickrell and his colleague Jonathan Pritchard of the University of Chicago discovered that an ancient African breed called the basenji (above) got about 25 percent of its genes from gray wolves.
The Basenji is the only breed of dog that cannot bark
Above: Paul Singleton from Colchester, Essex, with last year's Supreme Champion, a Basenji called Jethard Cidevant, known to his doggy pals as Cid; Top left: Evie, a dalmatian, relaxes at Crufts last year; Below left: Spectating at Crufts, Todd, a member of the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Team, waits his turn to rehearse for the big; show; Below: An Irish Setter, Caspians Intrepid, won the Best of Show in 1999
The Basenji - official name Champion Jethard Cidevant - became top dog at the NEC in Birmingham.
The two-year-old Basenji from Colchester, Essex won the hound category and beat six other dogs in the final to win the prestigious award - open to dogs from abroad for the first time.
I bellowed at the wimp who bottled out of risking pounds 16,000 on what's unusual about a basenji dog.
The results were compared with DNA from 140 dogs representing 67 breeds around the world--from the African basenji to the Irish wolfhound.
The researchers said they were surprised that the cluster containing the more ancient breeds of Asian and African origin included such a diversity of breeds -- such as the Basenji, Saluki, Afghan, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Sharpei, Shih Tzu, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky and Samoyed.