Every pet deserves a loving and respectful home: please only consider acquiring a pet if you will be able to take care of its long-term needs. Also, consider choosing your animal companion from a shelter, where there are so many wonderful furry friends who need a forever home.
A selection of Cyprus animal shelters, as well as their locations, can be found here.
In this video, we meet an unusual breed – the “barkless” Basenji from Africa, who features a short coat, small, muscular body, alert demeanour and a tail curled tightly over one hip.
Basenjis have large erect ears and tight forehead wrinkles when alert – some people feel their large ears may also help to dissipate heat. And the breed’s long legs relative to their overall size contribute to the Basenji’s speed and agility. As for its vocals, the basenji does “yodel” and growl, so it is not mute.
Its coat is uniformly short and smooth, with colours ranging from red and black to black, tan or brindle – all with white markings. White feet and legs are common for the Basenji, often with a blaze and collar as well.
There is evidence the dogs existed as far back as 4000 BCE, with the breed most likely originating in Central Africa, between the Congo Basin and South Sudan; they were probably kept as hunting companions. Experts believe they may have been gifted to the Pharaohs of Egypt, who were said to love the animals for their cat-like personalities and clean coats.
View the original video here.
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