Akita Basenji Dog Breed


The Akita Basenji is a cross between the Akita Inu and the Basenji. As a mixed-breed dog, the Akita Basenji will inherit traits from both parent breeds, however not all offspring will inherit the same traits. Some may display more Basenji characteristics and others more Akita Inu characteristics. Like most cross-breeds, it is recommended to research both parent breeds to get a better understanding of which traits an Akita Basenji may inherit.

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Akita Basenji Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-12 yrs.17¾-26 in.30-108 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are details and specs for the Akita Basenji dog breed.

Akita Basenji Breed Description

You can expect the Akita Basenji to be a medium to large sized dog breed. Once mature, adults may stand 17-26 inches and weigh from 30-108 pounds and up.

Akita Basenji's are affectionate dogs that do best with children if they are socialized with kids when they are a puppy. However, due to the breed's protective instinct there is a chance a Akita Basenji may become overly protective of the children in its family.  It is recommended to introduce puppies to children and strangers to help prevent any aggression issues towards strangers as an adult.

A Akita Basenji's temperament with other dogs is normally good, but a few may be aggressive towards other canines, especially if they are of the same sex. The breed is a very forward, energetic dog who will thrive and be at their best with exercise, attention, mental stimulation, and fresh air all in abundance. The perfect companion for hiking and running, especially in cool or cold weather. 

The Akita Basenji prefers human companionship over canine company as his tendency to be a pack-leader may be a hindrance among other dogs. However, with early socialization and consistent effort, you and your dog can enjoy the company of others while at work or play.