Basenji vs Irish Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Basenji is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Irish Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Basenji.
  • Children - Both the Basenji and Irish Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Basenji is easy to groom while the Irish Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Irish Terrier bark/howls frequently. The Basenji has a low tendency to bark.
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Basenji vs Irish Terrier
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Breed NameBasenjiIrish Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesMaybe
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height16-18 in.16-18 in.
Weight20-24 lb21-27 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryCongoIreland
Origin Year2 BC1875 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F40°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed26 mph22 mph
StrengthMediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowNone-Low
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowNone-Low

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 NameBasenjiIrish Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageHigh
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiIrish Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiIrish Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
Blue, Cream & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
Mahogany & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
RedNoYes
Red WheatenNoYes
WheatenNoYes