Basenji vs Manchester Terrier

Compare the Basenji to the Manchester Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Basenjis and Manchester 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 breeds are child friendly, but the Basenji is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Basenji and Manchester Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Manchester Terrier bark/howls frequently. The Basenji has a low tendency to bark.
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Basenji vs Manchester Terrier
Red & White Basenji
Breed NameBasenjiManchester Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.14-16 yrs.
Height16-18 in.13-17 in.
Weight20-24 lb10-22 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryCongoUK (England)
Origin Year2 BC1820 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F60°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed26 mph28 mph
StrengthMediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowLow

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 NameBasenjiManchester Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiManchester Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.14-16 yrs.
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiManchester Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
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
BlackNoYes
Black&tanNoYes