The American Eskimo Dog Basenji Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the American Eskimo Dog and the Basenji. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The American Eskimo dog is known for being friendly, reserved, and intelligent. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the American Eskimo Dog or the Basenji? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful American Eskimo Dog Basenji Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their American Eskimo Dog Basenji Mix puppy. That is, if they have any American Eskimo Dog Basenji Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
American Eskimo Dog History
This is obviously a Nordic dog that is from the Spitz family. However, the name is misleading as Eskimo’s had nothing to do with it’s creation. It is a German breed who’s name was changed after World War 1 when the German naming convention wasn’t so popular. It is thought to have hailed from Germany. The American Eskimo Dog was originally bred to guard people and property and, therefore, is territorial by nature and a valiant watchdog. It is not considered an aggressive breed but they are typically very vocal, and will let you know anytime someone comes close to her territory. After World War I, they started to gain notoriety as common entertainers in the American circus. In 1917, the Cooper Brothers’ Railroad Circus featured the dogs. It was not until 1995 that he was recognized by the American Kennel Club.
He is smart, loves to play, and loves physical activity. He is wary of strangers but is affectionate and playful with his family. He does not do well being left alone for long periods and can suffer from separation anxiety. They are an affectionate and loving dog that is easy to train.
The Basenji is a hunting dog originating in Africa, and people there hunt with them to this day. Basenji aficionados describe their dogs as “nature’s masterpiece” because of their striking appearance, hunting prowess, desire for companionship, and relative quietness.
The Basenji’s best-known trait is that she does not bark; early literature on the breed describes her as the “African barkless dog.” She is not, however, without vocal cords. instead of a bark, the Basenji produces a number of distinctive sounds that have been described as yodeling, crowing and chortling. She can also issue a warning growl. Wailing when unhappy is another part of her vocal repertoire.
Although kennel clubs classify the Basenji as a sight hound, she in fact uses both her eyes and ears when hunting.
Paleontologists have scientific reasons to suggest that the Basenji is a descendent of the earliest known dogs. In isolated Africa, she lived and thrived for thousands of years and was not known to Europe until about 1895. As a result, today’s Basenji is, so far, relatively unchanged by the human impulse to cross-breed dogs. Her size, shape, colors, coat texture, and temperament all are much the same as they have been for thousands of years.
Attempts to bring the breed to England failed until around 1937, when successful breeding stock was finally established there. The Basenji arrived in America shortly thereafter. The American Kennel Club formally accepted the breed in 1943.
American Eskimo Dog
Height: 15 - 20 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 18 - 35 lb.
Lifespan: 13 - 15 years
Height: 17 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 22 - 24 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 16 years
The American Eskimo Dog and the Basenji might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The American Eskimo Dog mixed with the Basenji might be prone to allergies, cataracts, urinarys stones, hypothyroidism, pyoderma, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."