Hybrid Breed

Basenji + Great Dane


Origin and history

The Great Dasenji, also known as the Basenji and Great Dane mix, is a cross between two remarkable dog breeds, the African Basenji and the Great Dane. This breed combines the elegance and size of the Great Dane with the intelligence and cunning of the Basenji.

The Basenji originated in Central Africa and is known for its vocal talent, while the Great D ane is known for its impressive stature and gentle character. The exact origin of this crossbreed is unknown, but it has gained popularity in recent years.

Although the Great Dasenji is not as well known as some other mixed breeds, it makes a great companion because of its love of family, intelligence, and athletic ability . Those who have the opportunity to add a Great Dasenji to their home are sure to gain a loyal and lovable friend for life .

Suitability and attitude

Despite their size, Great Dasenji dogs are known for their gentle nature and adaptability. They exhibit a mix of intelligence and curiosity that allows them to learn quickly and thrive in a variety of households.

Because of their size, Great Dasenji need a lot of exercise and should live in an environment with plenty of space. Dasenji dogs are also known for their loyalty, making this particular mix a great watchdog.

Alternate Name -
Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo - Germany
Life expectancy 8 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average - average to high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Temperament and Character of the Great Dasenji

To keep their Basenji and Great Dane mix happy and healthy, Great Dasenji owners need a proper understanding of the needs of this hybrid breed. Overall, the Great Dasenji is a wonderful companion for the right family or individual who is willing to give it enough time, love and attention.

The Great Dasenji inherits the intelligent, playful and sometimes stubborn temperament of the Basenji, as well as the friendliness and calmness of the Great Dane. These dogs are brave, loyal and very loving towards their families.

They are not suitable for every family, however, as they require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, making them best suited for active families or individuals who have plenty of time to play and train this active breed. With proper socialization and training, this hybrid will grow up to be a loving, loyal and intelligent companion.

Care & Breeding

In terms of coat, the Great Dasenji is more like the Basenji. Its coat is short and shiny, but dense enough to protect it from bad weather. The coat of this mixed breed can be of various colors, including fawn, black, brindle, and white. Since both parent breeds are considered low shedding, the Great Dasenji is ideal for those who are allergic to dog fur. Regular brushing is enough to keep this dog's coat clean and shiny.

Breeding a Great Dasenji requires extreme care and knowledge of the possible health problems. It is advisable to contact an experienced breeder for breeding, who attaches importance to the health and temperament of the parents.

Health and diseases

As with any mixed breed, the Great Dasenji can inherit health problems from both the Great Dane and the Basenji. These include hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and hypothyroidism.

  • Hip Dysplasia: A genetic condition that leads to pain and limited mobility.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy: an eye disease that can lead to blindness.
  • Hypothyroidism: an endocrine disorder that causeshypothyroidism and can lead to various symptoms, including weight gain and lethargy.
  • Size: a mix of Great Dane and Basenji, the Great Dasenji is a large dog that reaches a height of about 61 to 76 cm.
  • Weight: The weight can vary depending on the size of the dog, but generally these dogs weigh between 36 and 45 kg on average.
  • Color: The color combinations vary greatly, but can include any combination of white, black, brown, fawn, blue and even brindle.
  • Coat: Their coat is short and smooth, requires minimal grooming, and comes in a variety of colors.
Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Standing Ears - Floppy Ear
Tail rolled up - lang
Anatomy muscular, sporty, slim, strong, sporty, square
Size ♀ 38 - 86 cm
Weight ♀ 9 - 59 kg
Size ♂ 41 - 81 cm
Weight ♂ 10 - 90 kg
Suitable For -
  • Kidney disease

    Symptoms of kidney disease in dogs: increased urination (polyuria) increased water intake. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth. Loss of appetite

  • Eye infections

    Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.

  • Gastric torsion

    Gastric torsion is a disease in which the stomach rotates around its own longitudinal axis. The cause of the disease is not known.

  • Cancer

    May be common in older dogs.

  • Bone Cancer

    May occur with age.

  • Ataxia

    Ataxia (from Greek ἀταξία ataxia 'disorder' 'irregularity') is a generic term in medicine for various disorders of movement coordination. Ataxia can occur even when there is no paralysis (paresis), that is, when there is normal muscle strength.

  • dilated cardiomyopathy

    Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle in which it becomes enlarged (dilated) and shows poor contraction (poor pumping ability).

  • Joint problems

    Especially due to overweight, joint problems can occur in dogs.

  • These mixed breeds are very intelligent dogs and love to learn new things. They are easy to train.

  • These mixed breeds are very caring animals and bond closely with their families. They are very protective of their family members and love to interact with them.

  • The size growth of a crossbreed depends on its parents and can vary within the limits of them.

  • Yes, these mixed breeds can get along well with children as long as cohabitation is properly introduced and supervised.

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