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Basenji - Car Travelling & Transport Tips

Published on 25 June 2021 at 10:44


Travelling with your dog breed Basenji needs preparation when you want to have a succesful trip on the road. This blog will give you information about the Basenji dog breed and information about how to transport them. 


When you are planning to go on a road trip with a Basenji dog, you need to be good prepared with this breed. Whether you're going on a visit to the vet, vacation or a walk in the woods, your Basenji will be transported by carA journey often involves many, long transport hours, so to make it as easy as possible for you, we have gathered our best tips for you!


A Basenji is a lightly built aristocratic-looking dog with a square build. Its forehead is wrinkled, its ears are erect and its tail is in a tight curl. Its hair is short, fine and somewhat hard. This African Forest Dog comes in four colours: red and white, black and white, tricolour (black and white with red mask) and brindle. All varieties have a white chest, feet and tail tip.



  • Character: The Basenji is a headstrong, curious, independent dog, who is also very affectionate towards his pack mates. Running loose can be a problem, because the Basenji has a lot of hunting passion and will go its own way at times when it sees game. The Basenji is also called a cat dog. He has no body odour, doesn't like water, licks himself clean and plays like a cat and is only in heat once a year. A Basenji cannot bark but he can make many other sounds. Amongst others a kind of 'yodel'. This sound is almost indescribable, but sounds like the howling of a wolf, but with several pitches. A Basenji makes this sound when he is happy. The Basenji can be reserved towards strangers;
  • Care: Like a cat, the Basenji is very clean and grooms itself frequently. The smooth coat of the Basenji is very easy to groom. Occasional brushing is sufficient to remove the dead hairs. The coat must be maintained to stay in good shape;
  • Exercise: The Basenji is very energetic and needs a lot of exercise. Sturdy walks are necessary on a daily basis. This breed is a hunter and therefore has the stamina of a hunter. Therefore, an enclosed garden is best. A good fence is necessary, as they are masters of escape;
  • Health: The breed association; Basenji Club Nederland is concerned with the health of the Basenji. This is part of the breeding regulations of each breed association. Herein they make the following examinations obligatory for the parent animals: ECVO-eye examination and DNA examination for Fanconi. For the association breeding regulations and more information, please contact the breed association;
  • Compulsory health examinations: 

    • ECVO eye examination:
      The examination may not be older than 12 months at the time of mating.
      Breeding with:
      Membrana Pupillaris Persistens (PPM)-lamina - not free
      Membrana Pupillaris Persistens (PPM)-lens - not free.
      Retina Degeneration (PRA) - not free (for the time being)
    • DNA testing:
      Fanconi syndrome (321bp deletion). Allowed: free x free, free x carrier.
  • Puppy training: classes are highly recommended as well and allow the owner to learn how to curb any undesirable behaviors;
  • Nurturing: Due to its independent attitude as a hunter, the Basenji thinks it knows a lot about itself. As a result, he sometimes makes his own choices. However nice a character of its own is, in a people-oriented society this can sometimes turn out to be dangerous. Therefore, the owner must pay much attention to the education. The Basenji is easy to socialise, they are relaxed towards other creatures. This makes them good with other pets, but also with children. However, never leave a dog alone with children, an accident is in a small corner. Obedience, however, leaves much to be desired. The Basenji is very intelligent and learns exercises quickly. Do you have too little variety or can you not anticipate his quick understanding? Then the Basenji will go its own way. Because of this, there is a myth that these dogs cannot be taught. But with the right training, read: clarity, consistency and friendly angelic patience, they easily reach the high levels.


Before thinking about transport safety, it is essential to remember a few basic concepts for the well-being of your dog:

  • Picking the right bed for your Basenji friend is vital to keep them comfortable. Providing your pup with a supportive dog car bed will help them get a better sleep when travelling;
  • Get your Basenji dog used to getting into your car regularly from an early age;. A few short trips around your neighborhood are good practise for your pet;
  • Make sure you know all the requirements of travelling with a dog in the car. So that he doesn’t get too stressed, take the time to gradually get him used to the car. You can make several short trips, reward him with a treat so that he associates transport with positive things;
  • Don't feed your dog a couple of hours before travelling, not even small treats;
  • Never leave your Basenji alone in the car, even with the window open, in the shade or even in winter (risk of excessive heat, injuries…)
  • When travelling by car with your Basenji, stop every 2 hours for his needs and give him something to drink;
  • Ensure that the driver is safe;
  • Make sure that your Basenji is safe. Read here more about safety in the car for dogs;
  • If your Basenji is suffering from anxiety of car sickness, comfort your dog with kind words and cuddles along the way, even pulling over sometimes could help a lot. Have patience and respect your dog's anxiety. Blowing a stream of air directly into their faces will help as well. Eventually your dog will enjoy a car ride;



It makes good sense to say that the driver should not be distracted, molested, embarrassed or upset while driving! In addition, the road code specifies that the driver must have full control of his vehicle, that his “possibilities of movement and field of vision must not be reduced by the number or position of passengers, by objects…”. It is therefore important to ensure that your Basenji does not disturb you while driving your vehicle. To do this, you have the options to use a dog car seat



Only one essential rule to follow: Do not leave your Basenji free in the car. Indeed, he could be hurt, fall or suffer an impact if he brakes hard. You will see below the different modes of transport and their accessories that you will adapt to your Basenji, in particular to guarantee its safety.



When using a car seat for your Basenji problems such as anxiety, car sickness and stress will be eliminated. The travel bed will keep your Basenji close to you and that will keep him calm so that he can sleep in the car. This car seat comes with two safety leashes to keep your dog and the bed in place. The car seat is multifunctional by simply unzipping the front to create a lounger bed for at home. In that way you can easily bring the comforts of home into the car! 


We hope that these tips can help any new Basenji owners out there as well as any puppy owners who have similar challenges. Thanks for reading and if you have any more tips feel free to let us know and we will add the tips. 


  • It varies from pup to pup, cause Yagoh has never had any problems with the car and we have even travelled for 20h in the car with him and he took it like a champ! As for a travel bed, You can take the chance and really stress the need for basenjis to be comfortable AT ALL TIMES, every basenji owner knows that 😅 And I would make sure to get the pup used to the bed before putting it in the car and travelling, that’s what I always do when I change something in the car for Yagoh, I introduce it in an environment where he is safe and used to, let him do his sniffing and testing and it also helps that the bed/car cover/whatever smells like him or home already when put into the car, then he feels more confident and chances are will love the new setting straight away. (Thanks for the tip: yagoh.the.basenji)

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