How Long do Basenji Puppies Grow?

How Long do Basenji Puppies Grow

Basenjis are mid-sized dogs and will grow for 12 months to full maturity. They stand at 18 to 20 inches in height and about 23-25 inches in length.

Do you want to get or just got a Basenji and want to know how long do Basenji puppies grow? You are in the right place. In this article, we are going to answer as many questions as you might have about your Basenji pup.

When they are born, they can be of various sizes depending on the litter size. Basenjis usually have litters of 4 to 5 puppies. 

a white and red basenji sleeping on a bed
A white and red Basenji sleeping on a bed. Comfortable!

How long do Basenji Puppies Grow?

As already stated, it’s a bit difficult to establish how long a puppy we will look at how long it takes a Basenji to fully grow and look at the expected growth weight from birth till full growth.

Basenji Puppy Growth Chart

Based on this chart, it takes about 12 months for a Basenji puppy to reach full growth. We have already established that when fully grown, Basenjis are about 23 – 25 inches long. If we were to calculate a using weight to length ration, the chart would come out something like this:

Age in MonthsWeightEstimated Length*
21.5.g – 3.6kg6 – 7 inches
43.5kg – 7.2kg7 – 13 inches
65.7kg – 11.7kg12 – 17 inches
87.8kg – 15.8kg16 – 19 inches
109.6kg – 19.5kg18 – 22 inches
1211.6kg – 23.523 – 25 inches

*Please note that these are just estimates and may not be a true reflection of the actual lengths of the puppies.

Puppy growth is something that can be anticipated with a fair amount of accuracy, but it’s important to remember that all estimates are just guesses.

Even the most experienced breeders and vets can only offer an estimate, as each puppy will grow and develop at its own pace. While helpful, these estimates should not be taken as gospel – always consult with your vet if you have any concerns about your pup’s health or development.

A running Basenji leaping through the air.
A running Basenji leaping through the air. They are FAST!

Factors that Influence Basenji Total Size

Some factors that can influence the size of a growing dog are its breed, diet, and exercise.

Dogs that are well-nourished and exercised are likely to grow to be larger than those that are not. Puppies that are overfed or under-exercised may become obese as adults, which can lead to health problems.

How Long Will a Basenji Live?

Basenji will have a lifespan of between 10 to 14 years. This is how long you can expect to have your faithful companion with you. If you have young kids, they can enjoy time with the Basenji well into their teens.

An owner sits with her larger red and white Basenji. Not so small!
An owner sits with her larger red and white Basenji. Not so small!

Basenji are very good family dogs and tend to get along very well with their families and for the large part, will get along well with other dogs as well as cats which are part of the family. If they do not have other pets like cats within the family, they are more inclined to turn to their hunter instinct.

Basenji are very clean dogs and groom themselves in the same manner that a cat would groom itself. Because of this, you don’t need to bathe them as often as you would other dogs. They are also great apartment dogs even though they are a bit difficult to train.

Basenji are hunting dogs instinctively and pretty much have a mind of their own and pick when to and not to obey you.