Labrasenji

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30-60 lbs
20-24"
United States
Labrador Retriever
Basenji
Laborsenji, Laborsenjie, Labrasenjie

The Labrasenji hybrid is a combination of a Basenji and a Labrador Retriever. Because the Basenji is a smaller sized dog and the Labrador Retriever is large, your Labrasenji can range in size from medium to large size. They have short, straight, dense fur that comes in several colors such as red, black, brown, and sable. Your Labrasenji can be a bit stubborn to train so you may need to spend some extra time working on this or you could try obedience classes. They like other pets and children but should be watched with younger children because they can be a bit rowdy when they play. 

Purpose
Companion, Retriever
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Basenji and Labrador Retriever

Labrasenji Health

Average Size
Male Labrasenji size stats
Height: 21-25 inches Weight: 40-70 lbs
Female Labrasenji size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Fanconi Syndrome
  • Basenji Enteropathy
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
  • Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Retinal Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Ear Infections such as Otitis interna/media
Occasional Tests
  • Dna Test For Pk
  • Fanconi Urine Test
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Endocardiogram
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)

Labrasenji Breed History

Because your Labrasenji has not been around long, you have to refer to the histories of the parents to determine your Labrasenji’s characteristics. The Basenji originated in Central Africa in the ancient times but there are also records of similar dogs in Egypt during that time and were companions to the Pharaohs. The name, Basenji, means “bush thing” in the local Lingala language from the Congo. The Basenji yodels instead of barking and this is one of the characteristics that made it so popular when it was brought to the United States. They were originally brought over to hunt small game but Americans discovered what great companions they were and they became popular as family pets and were even placed in shows. It was eventually discovered that they were sighthounds rather than scenthounds and started competing in trials. The Basenji Club of America was started in 1942 and the breed was then accepted into the American Kennel Club the following year where they are the 88th most popular breed of dog. The Labrador Retriever is the number one most popular breed of dog in the United States and has been a member of the American Kennel Club since 1917. They were originally known as the Saint John’s Dog of Newfoundland, Canada back in the 1700s but were renamed after the Labrador Sea, where they were developed. These beautiful and friendly dogs liked to help the local fishermen pull in their catch from the sea and would retrieve any fish that got out of the net. The Earl of Malmesbury was one of the first owners of a Labrador Retriever and discovered how good they were at retrieving ducks and geese when he took his dog hunting with him. Soon, they were brought to the United States where they became known as the most lovable family pet in America. 

Labrasenji Breed Appearance

The Labrasenji is a medium to large sized dog that can range from 30 to 70 pounds and stands about 22 inches tall when full grown. They have a short, thick coat that is usually bicolored black, brown, red, cream, fawn, pied, brindle, or any combination of these. Their large eyes can be brown, hazel, or amber and their nose is either brown or black. Because the Basenji is a lighter and smaller dog and the Labrador Retriever is heavy and more solid, the Labrasenji body type can vary quite a bit but they usually have a rectangular head, long legs, pointed ears, and a long, curved tail. 

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Labrasenji eyes
Hazel
brown Labrasenji eyes
Brown
amber Labrasenji eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Labrasenji nose
Black
brown Labrasenji nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Labrasenji coat
Black
brown Labrasenji coat
Brown
red Labrasenji coat
Red
cream Labrasenji coat
Cream
fawn Labrasenji coat
Fawn
brindle Labrasenji coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Labrasenji straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labrasenji Breed Maintenance

The Labrasenji is easy to care for and you should only need to brush them with a rubber curry or slicker brush once or twice a week. They may need to be bathed if they get especially dirty but not too often as it can dry out your dog’s skin. Their ears should be cleaned regularly with a moist cotton ball to prevent ear infections and watch for signs of irritation or redness. Brush your dog’s teeth once or twice a week with a special dog toothpaste to prevent tooth decay. Also, clip their toenails about once every six to eight weeks or when needed. 

Brushes for Labrasenji
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Labrasenji requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labrasenji Temperament

The Basenji is more catlike than dog and is an affectionate and lovable pet like the Labrador Retriever, so your Labrasenji will be a wonderful family companion for anyone. They can be stubborn though, so training them may take some extra patience. If you are firm and use positive reinforcement, your Labrasenji should be able to learn what you want to teach them. The Basenji does not bark, but yodels, so your Labrasenji may be a barker or a yodeler. Although they enjoy playing with children and other pets, they do best with older children and need to be supervised with children under five. 

Labrasenji Activity Requirements

Both the Basenji and the Labrador Retriever are good hunters and love to chase rabbits and squirrels so be sure to put your dog on a leash when she is not in a fenced yard or enclosure. Your Labrasenji needs between 60 and 90 minutes of vigorous activity every day to stay healthy and happy. When your dog does not get the required exercise daily, they can become bored and may develop behavioral issues. They enjoy taking a brisk walk, running or jogging, hiking, swimming, playing with other dogs at the dog park, and are great at agility and obedience training.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
13 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
75 minutes

Labrasenji Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$2.4 - $3.2
Monthly Cost
$72 - $96

Labrasenji Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Labrasenji size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Labrasenji size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 25 lbs
12 Months
Male Labrasenji size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Labrasenji size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 32 lbs
18 Months
Male Labrasenji size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Labrasenji size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 45 lbs

Labrasenji Owner Experiences

Duke♥
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
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Blessed to have rescued him from the animal shelter. He was due to be euthanized soon because he was one of the four dogs that remained un-adopted during the "clear the shelter" day. We adopted him at 6 months old. He seemed very afraid and nervous at first so we visited with him while I was deciding on whether or not to adopt him just to see if he would be compatible with our Family. We decided to take a chance. While we waiting for him to be neutered we began preparing for his arrival. It took Duke quite awhile to come out of his shell and stop being nervous of his new surroundings. As the days grew the more he, Duke, grew more and more fond of my youngest Son, Jaxx-Aiden♥... Since then, they have both become inseparable companions! That I absolutely love!!! It seems to me that we adopted our Duke at the most perfect time! We are so happy and feel extremely blessed to have our new Family member with Us!!! He has been such a good boy and has become so loving and obedient. He was a perfect fit for our Family♥♥♥... .
3 months ago
ZOEY
5 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
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Pastimes
Walking
Playing in the snow
First one, never heard of the breed before. Not sure if that is all she is. She is a rescue.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
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