Basenji Dog Names

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Introduction

Basenjis are hunting dogs who were said to have originated in the central region of Africa. This African dog is a very unique and strange breed as they are incapable of barking. Outside Africa, this dog breed is typically referred to as “the barkless dog.” Basenjis were originally used to hunt down rats and other small predators that possess a threat to the native Africans’ livestock. Albeit unable to bark, a Basenji is not silent – it can produce various sounds such as growling, whining, yodeling, whimpering, and even screaming. This African dog breed can be stubborn and mischievous, but with adequate training, it can make for the perfect pet and companion.

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Basenji Dog Name Considerations

Without a doubt, Basenjis are easily one of the most unique and uncommon dog breeds in existence. There is no other breed like the Basenji, which is why it deserves a well-thought-out and extraordinary name. Naming your dog can be challenging. No dog owner wants an ordinary name for their furbaby but at the same time, dog owners can be too indecisive when it comes to choosing from endless options and ideas available online. As always, a name that reflects your dog’s personalities and traits is always ideal.

The traits of a Basenji are both intriguing and distinctive. As previously mentioned, they are not capable of barking. However, they still have the ability to produce various sounds. For this reason, it would make sense to pick a name that embodies the unique trait. Names like Amrah and Monna, which both means “unique,” are good examples.

Basenjis are also independent creatures, history shows that they managed to survive thousands of years solely by themselves and without the guidance of humans. They are highly clever, vigilant, quick-thinking, lively, and always up for adventures. Take all those details into consideration and choose a name that can reflect them. For example, “Akilah” would be great for female Basenjis or “Ayo” for male Basenjis. Since the breed originated in Africa, it can also be a good idea to pick an African name, or a name that can be associated with Africa and its culture.

Male Basenji Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
2
Leki
Means "little brother" in African
1
Sengo
From "Bisengo", which means "joy" in African Lingala
0
Ayo
Means “full of joy” in African
0
Adalard
Means “brave” in German
0
Jabari
Means both “fearless” and “brave” in African
0
Dakarai
Means “happiness” in African
0
Oringo
An African name that means “he who likes to hunt”
0
Akins
An African name that means “brave boy”
0
Gaillard
Means both “brave” and “spirited” in Middle English
0
Amrah
Means “unique” in African
0
Kamau
African name that means “quiet warrior”; a top Basenji name
0
Winston
An Old English name that means “joyful”
0
Bangui
The capital of the Central African Republic
0
Iyapo
Means “many trials” in African; reflects the resilient history of Basenjis
0
Gahiji
An African names that means “the hunter”
0
Ippy
A town in Central Africa
0
Dakari
Means “filled with joy” in African
0
Obo
A small community in Central Africa
0
Ishaq
Means “laughter” in African; good name for lively and joyful Basenjis
0
Lebna
Means both “soulful” and “spirited” in African
0
Mhina
An African name that means “full of delight”
0
Greg
Means “vigilant watchman” in Latin
0
Albert
An English name that means both “bright” and “noble”
0
Damisi
Means “cheerful personality” in African
0
Krikor
Means “vigilant watchman” in Armenian
0
Hekima
Means both “knowledgeable” and “clever” in African
0
Kayin
African name meaning "widely recognized"
0
Boboto
Means "peaceful" in African
-1
Argus
Means “watchful” in Greek
-1
Gus
Means both “vigilant” and “watchful” in Dutch

Female Basenji Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Asha
Means “lively” in African
0
Ada
Means both “prosperous” and “happy” in English
0
Kali
Means “energetic” in African
0
Eshe
Means both “energy” and “life” in African
0
Monna
Means “unique” in African
0
Nara
Means “joyous” in Japanese
0
Damara
A town in Central Africa
0
Ira
Means “watchful” in Hebrew
0
Oseye
An African name that means “the happy one”
0
Fukayna
Means “knowledgeable” in African
0
Alaia
Means both “joyful” and “happy” in Basque
0
Moseka
Means "young girl" in African Lingala
0
Rufaro
Means “joy” in African
0
Nuru
Means “filled with light” in African
0
Makena
An African name that means “full of delight”
0
Eelin
A Finnish name that means “warrior of intelligence”
0
Davita
Means “unique individual” in Scottish
0
Sanura
Means “intelligent” in African
0
Alisa
A Hebrew name that means “great happiness”
0
Fahima
Arabic name meaning “a woman of great intelligence and knowledge”
0
Bita
Means “unique” in Arabic
0
Zakia
Means “woman of great intelligence” in Pashto
0
Kaira
An Indian name that means both “peaceful” and “unique”
0
Beatrice
An English name that means “bringer of joy”
0
Grizelle
A German name that means “the one with wisdom and intelligence”
0
Ronia
A Hebrew name that means “a cheerful child”
0
Lacy
Means “cheerful” in French
0
Sana
Arabic name meaning “one who is brilliant”
0
Electa
Means “a unique person” in Latin
0
Izel
Means both “unique” and “one of a kind” in Nahuatl

Community Dogs With Basenji Names

Athena's name story for Basenji Dog Names
Athena
Female
Basenji
Lansing, KS
Personality
Loyal
tries to please

As a baby she was dangerously small and had beautiful brown eyes with her khaki colored fur