The basenji stands between 40 and 43 centimetres at the withers and weigh around 21–24 pounds. This lightly built pooch has a distinguished aristocratic look with a flat, well-chiselled head and a graceful neck. His forehead is wrinkled whilst still a puppy and when he gets excited. He has dark, almond-shaped eyes, small, erect ears and a tightly curled tail. According to the Kennel Club, the standard colours are the following: pure black and white; red and white; tan and white; black, tan, and white with tan melon pips and mask; and black. For brindle, it should be red background with black stripes, where stripes are more clearly defined. The white tones should be on the chest, feet and tail tips.
This small yet powerful hunting dog has easy-to-maintain short hair. He has catlike grooming habits and is very clean. His virtually spotless coat requires minimal bathing, which can be done every few months. He sheds all-year round, but it is unnoticeable because the hair is fine and short.
Make sure to brush your basenji’s teeth twice or thrice a week. Brushing will help prevent tartar build-up and remove any bacteria lurking inside. Nails must be regularly trimmed especially if you start hearing clicks on the floor. The basenji has an animated character, so he is most likely to jump on you to greet you, which makes short nails best to keep your legs from accidental scratches. Also, look out for sores, rashes, redness, lesions, or other signs of infection. If you find any abnormalities, make sure to have your basenji checked with a veterinarian.