Basenji vs Smooth Fox Terrier

Compare the Basenji to the Smooth Fox Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Basenjis and Smooth Fox 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 Smooth Fox Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Basenji is easy to groom while the Smooth Fox Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Smooth Fox Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Basenji has a low tendency to bark.
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Basenji vs Smooth Fox Terrier
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Breed NameBasenjiSmooth Fox Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height16-18 in.13-16 in.
Weight20-24 lb15-19 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryCongoUnited Kingdom
Origin Year2 BC1780 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed26 mph28 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowLow
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 NameBasenjiSmooth Fox 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
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiSmooth Fox Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsNoYes
DeafnessNoYes
DistichiasisNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Lens LuxationNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiSmooth Fox Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
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
BrownNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes
WhiteNoYes