Shiba Inu vs Basenji

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
13 to 16 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

The Shiba Inu dog is best for experienced pet parents willing to start training early and families with older kids. They are ideal for those living in apartments (but won't say no to a home...

The Shiba Inu dog is best for experienced pet parents willing to start training early and families with older kids. They are ideal for those living in apartments (but won't say no to a home with a large yard, either).

Shiba Inu Temperament

Shiba Inu dogs have strong, confident personalities, coupled with a mellow friendliness around their families. These traits, combined with their vigilance as guard dogs, are some of their most prized characteristics. Sometimes aloof, they may come across as indifferent or even cold toward strangers and other dogs, which is w...

Shiba Inu dogs have strong, confident personalities, coupled with a mellow friendliness around their families. These traits, combined with their vigilance as guard dogs, are some of their most prized characteristics.

Sometimes aloof, they may come across as indifferent or even cold toward strangers and other dogs, which is why some say their personality resembles a cat. Though good natured, they have an independent streak, so they shouldn’t be let off-leash—there are too many fascinating sights and sounds in the world to catch their attention! They can also be quite selfish when it comes to their possessions. For those reasons, early socialization and training are absolutely necessary with a Shiba.

When Shibas aren’t happy (or don’t want to do what you’ve asked them to do), they’re more than happy to let you know they’re displeased. But they don’t bark or whine; they have a somewhat unique vocalization that is affectionately called the “Shiba Inu scream.” Used more often than a true bark, the scream is a rather high-pitched whining sound, something like the noise a cat makes crossed with the sound of a human baby crying.

Shiba Inu Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
13 to 14 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

The Basenji dog breed is best for experienced pet parents who tend to have quieter households and homes with fenced yards.

Basenji Temperament

The Basenji breed’s temperament might seem unusual if you’re used to more popular dog breeds like Golden Retrievers or Labs. Basenjis like their families, but they also like alone time and are quite particular dogs. Originally bred as hunting dogs in Africa, Basenjis are instinctively alert dogs who love to c...

The Basenji breed’s temperament might seem unusual if you’re used to more popular dog breeds like Golden Retrievers or Labs. Basenjis like their families, but they also like alone time and are quite particular dogs.

Originally bred as hunting dogs in Africa, Basenjis are instinctively alert dogs who love to chase things—and will do just that!—and they need plenty of mental exercise to keep from being bored. Even though they have low biting tendencies, Basenjis aren’t always keen on meeting new dogs and may be aggressive toward other types of animals. They can be friendly with children they know and often bond with one person, but early socialization is needed to make sure they grow up accepting new people, dogs and situations. Basenjis are quite fussy about their hygiene and will keep themselves tidy whenever possible.

Despite all this, Basenjis truly are members of the family and are indoor dogs who can’t think of a better place to hang out than your living room. They’re very intelligent, very active and very individualistic dogs who will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Basenji Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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