FCI-Standard N 43 / 24. 01. 2000 / GB
ORIGIN : Central Africa.
PATRONAGE : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 25.11.1999.
UTILIZATION : Hunting dog, companion.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 5 Spitz and primitive types.
Section 6 Primitive type. Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Lightly built, finely boned aristocratic
looking animal, high on legs compared with its length, always
poised, alert and intelligent. Wrinkled head, with pricked ears,
proudly carried on a well arched neck. Deep brisket runs up into a
definite waist, tail tightly curled presenting a picture of a well
balanced dog of gazelle-like grace.
IMPORTANT PROPORTION : Distance from top of head to stop slightly
more than from stop to tip of nose.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Barkless but not mute, its own special
noise a mixture of a chortle and a yodel. Remarkable for its
cleanliness in every way. An intelligent, independent, but
affectionate and alert breed. Can be aloof with strangers.
HEAD : Fine and profuse wrinkles appearing on forehead when ears
pricked; side wrinkles desirable but not exaggerated into dewlap;
wrinkles more noticeable in puppies, but because of lack of
shadowing, not as noticeable in tricolours.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Flat, well-chiselled and medium width, tapering towards
the nose. Side lines of skull taper gradually towards mouth, giving
a clean-cheeked appearance.
Stop : Slight.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black nose desirable.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete
scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower
teeth and set square in the jaws.
Eyes : Dark, almond-shaped; obliquely set, far-seeing and rather
inscrutable in expression.
Ears : Small, pointed, erect and slightly hooded, of fine
texture, set well forward on top of head, tip of ear nearer centre
of skull than outside base.
NECK : Strong and of good length, without thickness, well crested
and slightly full at base of throat with a graceful curve
accentuating crest. Well set into shoulders giving head a lofty
BODY : Balanced.
Back : Short, level.
Loin : Short-coupled.
Chest : Deep brisket. Ribs well sprung, deep and oval.
Underline : Running up into a definite waist.
TAIL : High set, with posterior curve of buttock extending beyond
root of tail giving a reachy appearance to hindquarters. Curls
tightly over spine and lies closely to thigh with a single or double
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs straight with fine bone. Legs in a
straight line to ground giving a medium front.
Shoulders : Well laid back, muscular, not loaded.
Elbows : Tucked in against brisket. When viewed from front,
elbows in line with ribs.
Forearm : Very long.
Pasterns : Good length, straight and flexible.
HINDQUARTERS : Strong and muscular.
Stifle : Moderately bent.
Second thigh : Long.
Hock : Well let down, turned neither in nor out.
Feet : Small, narrow and compact, with deep pads, well arched
toes and short nails.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Legs carried straight forward with a swift,
long, tireless, swinging stride.
SKIN : Very pliant.
HAIR : Short, sleek and close, very fine.
COLOUR : Pure black and white; red and white; black and tan, and
white with melon pips and tan markings on muzzle and cheeks; black;
tan and white; brindle : red background with black stripes, the more
clearly defined the stripes the better. The white should be on the
feet, chest and tail tip. White legs, blaze and white collar
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Ideal height : dogs 43 cm (17 ins) at withers, bitches 40 cm (16
ins) at withers.
Ideal weight : dogs 11 kg (24 lbs), bitches 9 1/2 kg (21 lbs).
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should
be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its
effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
Basenji drawing courtesy of htocagni.com.