Basenji vs Border Terrier

Compare the Basenji to the Border Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Basenjis and Border Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Basenji is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Basenji and Border Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Basenji and Border Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Basenji or Border Terrier will bark less frequently than most breeds.
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Basenji vs Border Terrier
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Border Terrier Dog Breed
Breed NameBasenjiBorder Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height16-18 in.10-16 in.
Weight20-24 lb11-16 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryCongoNot Specified
Origin Year2 BC1700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed26 mph18 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiBorder Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageHigh
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiBorder Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CryptorchidismNoYes
Heart MurmursNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
MalocclusionsNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Pulmonic StenosisNoYes
SeizuresNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiBorder Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
ScruffyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
Blue, Cream & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
Mahogany & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Black & RedNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Black GrizzleNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
Blue GrizzleNoYes
GrizzleNoYes
Grizzle & TanNoYes
RedNoYes
Red GrizzleNoYes
Red Grizzle & TanNoYes
Red WheatenNoYes
WheatenNoYes