Basenji vs Rat Terrier

Compare the Basenji to the Rat Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Basenjis and Rat 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 Rat Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Basenji and Rat Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds do not bark frequently, but the Rat Terrier will bark less often between the two.
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Basenji vs Rat Terrier
Red & White Basenji
Black & White Rat Terrier
Breed NameBasenjiRat Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-18 yrs.
Height16-18 in.10-18 in.
Weight20-24 lb10-24 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryCongoUnited States
Origin Year2 BC1800 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed26 mph27 mph
StrengthMediumLow-Medium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow-Medium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
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 NameBasenjiRat Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageHigh
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiRat Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-18 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Eye ProblemsNoYes
Heart ProblemsNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiRat Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesYes
Black Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesYes
Blue, Cream & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
Mahogany & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Blue, White, & TanNoYes
Red, White, & SableNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & ApricotNoYes
White & BlueNoYes
White & ChocolateNoYes
White & FawnNoYes
White & LemonNoYes
White & RedNoYes
White & SilverNoYes
White & TanNoYes
White, Blue, & FawnNoYes
White, Chocolate, & TanNoYes