The Basenji is a ‘barkless dog.’
The hunting dog produces an unusual yodel-like sound, known as baroo, due to its unusually shaped larynx.
The Basenji is a breed of dog native to Central Africa, utilized as a proficient hunter.
It first left the Congo in ancient times as a gift to Egyptian pharaohs. It only made his way to England or America in the mid-1900s.
The Basenji is barkless, due to its narrow larynx. As a result, instead of barking, the Basenji vocalizes through yodels — which sound like “baroos” or howls:
Hunters likely selected the Basenji’s barkless trait deliberately as barks may have stunted a hunt by alarming rival hunters or scaring off prey.
Basenjis are known for their remarkable intelligence — as well as their tendency to be stubborn and mischievous.
Inquisitive, Basenjis will likely eat anything you leave lying around, or will crawl through a fence to explore the neighborhood.
Basenji dogs can certainly learn commands, but they may also choose to ignore them.