Eskenjis are a mixed breed combining Basenjis with American Eskimos. Your pup will retain the fluffy white fur of the American Eskimo dog and the escape artist energy level of the Basenji. A medium-sized pooch, your Eskenji will need routine grooming and 90 minutes of exercise per day to be a happy pup. If you have a fenced-in yard, it is still best not to leave Fido out there alone for long periods of time as Basenjis are notorious for their Houdini-like talent at escaping the most impossible confinements.
American Eskimo dogs love snow, and your mixed breed will most likely enjoy snow and cold weather to some "degree."
Your Eskenji is a breed that loves to be outside. While you can move most activities indoors, your pup is sure to enjoy outdoor activities the best. Hiking for 90 minutes is one way to let your pooch work off some of their boundless energy.
If you live in an area that has a state park, many of the trails there will likely be accessible for dogs as long as Fido is on a leash. Basenjis are very curious dogs, so an Eskenji will enjoy exploring the forest trails. Don't forget to bring some water!
Yes, dogs can use treadmills, too! You can train your pup to use a human treadmill or purchase a safer treadmill that is made just for dogs. Treadmills can be loud, which some dogs will need time to accept.
One method to train your dog to use a treadmill is to stand in front of it, giving treats as encouragement. You can hold onto a leash while your dog is walking the treadmill, but don’t tie the leash to the machine or leave a leashed dog unattended on a treadmill, as the leash can get stuck and become a choking hazard.
Of course, if your dog is absolutely terrified of the treadmill, don’t press the issue. Find another activity.
Hoops aren’t just for waists; they can be used as an obstacle for dogs to jump through. This activity is a difficult one to train your pup to do, but Eskenjis are intelligent enough to learn and the perfect size for the hoop. Basenjis love to jump, so your Eskenjis should be a natural at this activity.
You’ll need a lot of treats and a lot more patience, but this is an easier option than setting up and taking down a full-blown obstacle course every day. Once you’ve trained your dog to jump through hoops, you can break the party trick out at BBQs and picnics to impress all of your friends!
Fetch is a simple game, but it’s also the favorite of many dogs. Basenjis and Eskimo dog breeds are both very playful, giving you a pup with double the playfulness. Before you begin to play fetch, teach your dog the “drop it” command or your pooch will retrieve the ball and play keep away with you.
This activity is similar to hiking, but at a higher elevation. The Eskimo part of your pup will enjoy the cooler weather while the Basenji will enjoy the climbing. It will give Fido a chance to work off their excess energy. Make sure the mountain range is dog-friendly and feasible or you’ll be carrying your pup back down the mountain.
Basenji and American Eskimo mixed breeds are quite rare, so you’re in for quite a treat with your Eskenji! Their luxurious white coat can be hot for them in the summer months, so it’s important not to over-exercise them. Conversely, they may refuse to come indoors during snowstorms.
Your pup will have a very high level of energy and will require at least 90 minutes of exercise daily, maybe more. Hiking, jumping through hoops, and the treadmill are three great activities that should tire Fido out for a little while. A high-energy dog can be annoying, and you might feel like putting them outside in the yard, but Basenjis are known for scaling high fences and escaping, so it’s best to supervise them when they are outside. Taking the time to find fun activities you both enjoy is better than hoping they run off their energy in the yard, and you both will enjoy them, too!