Pitsenji: Basenji and Pitbull Mix A Complete Guide

Basenji and Pitbull Mix

Are you considering buying a new pet? If that’s the case, a Pitbull/Basenji mix could be an excellent choice for a new family dog!

We’ll start by discussing the differences between Pitbulls and Basenjis. It’s crucial to evaluate a few aspects before deciding whether one of these dogs, or even a mix, is ideal for you.


For example, you’ll need to know how each breed differs in terms of size, energy, intelligence, and family fit.

This article will go over these and other distinctions. We’ll also show you a very unusual dog breed: the Pitbull/Basenji cross!

Continue reading to learn more about this special dog breed.

About Pitbulls (American Pit Bull Terriers)

About Pitbulls
Pitbull Dog

Pitbulls, or American Pit Bull Terriers, are a dog breed recognized by major canine organizations. They are medium-sized, clever dog breeds.

Because of their intelligence and robust build, they’ve been used for hunting, herding, and protection in the past.

Pitbulls are known for being friendly and lively, despite their intimidating appearance. They’re also simple to train from a young age, so they pick up on behavior rapidly.

Pitbulls have a lifespan of 10-14 years.

About Basenji Dogs

About Basenji Dogs
Basenji Dog

Often called the ‘Barkless Dog’, the Basenji is a small hunting breed from Africa.

This is a one-of-a-kind dog breed that’s best suited for people who can commit to training them and giving them the exercise they need. 

Basenjis are beautiful little dogs, standing only 16 to 17 inches at the shoulder. They have a short, fine coat, curled tail, and almond-shaped eyes. They tend to display emotions through facial expressions. 

They also trot like tiny horses when they run, and they groom themselves like cats. 

If you’re wondering why they’re called the ‘barkless dog’, it’s because they don’t bark; instead, they make an unusual, yodel-like sound because of their strangely formed larynx.

The origins of the breed can be traced back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Basenjis have a lifespan of 14-16 years on average. 

What’s a Basenji Pitbull Mix?

By crossing a Pitbull and a Basenji, you get a dog with a name that’s just as unique as the breed itself: Pitsenji!

Both breeds have a short coat and a robust physique. Pitbulls and Basenjis are both recognized for their keen senses and hunting ability, so when you combine the two, you get a very agile and independent dog breed. 

Pitsenjis also make for wonderful companion dogs. Although it’s unknown exactly when the Pitsenji mix first originated, it is a relatively new breed, which is why many kennel clubs have yet to recognize it. 

Pitsenji Appearance

Pitsenjis are medium-sized dogs with perked ears that look like those of a Basenji, and a Pitbull-like facial appearance. Basenji/Pitbull mixes have a thin figure and a large chest, and they’re covered with a thick but short coat. 

Their fur can be black, white, red, or Basenji Pitbull mixes have perked ears and are medium-sized canines. They have a thin figure with a large chest.

They have a thick short coat that can be black, white, or red. Thanks to their short coat, they’re easy to groom. 

How Big are Pitsenjis?

Pitsenjis may reach 15 to 17 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 25 and 35 pounds. 

What Kind of Temperament Do Pitsenjis Have?

Friendly and loving, yet with a strong sense of self-reliance, Pitsenjis are lively and active canines. To stay fit, they need a lot of play and exercise. They’d do best with an owner who could take them for a 1-hour walk every day.

Pitsenjis inherit the curious and playful nature of their parent breeds.

However, Pitsenjis can be independent, which may lead them to be stubborn. This can make training them a challenge. 

The Basenji Pitbull mix, like their parents, has a strong prey drive. They might chase smaller animals. Therefore, you shouldn’t trust them with other pets they haven’t been raised with.

Do Pitsenjis Have Lots of Energy?

Pitsenjis are definitely high-energy, curious, and active dogs. To avoid becoming bored and causing trouble, they need a lot of physical activity on a daily basis. If your Pitsenji gets bored, they may start to act destructively. 

They need long play sessions in a secure yard and to be walked at least twice per day. If you have a big backyard, a Pitsenji will love running around in it. If you live in an apartment without access to a yard, however, a Pitsenji may not be the ideal choice.

Taking them to a dog park and allowing them to mingle with other dogs is an excellent approach to socialise them since they are a curious breed. 

You should never let a Pitsenji off the leash, except for in an enclosed area. This is because they have an exceedingly high hunting instinct and may not be able to avoid the temptation to chase small animals.

It’s best to take them to open areas where you can let them off the leash and let them fulfil their curiosity and burn off some energy. This gives them the exercise they need, while also stimulating their minds.

Are Pitsenjis Good with Other Pets?

Pitsenjis need to be socialized from a young age, since they’re a cross between a terrier and a hound breed of dogs.

Since Pitsenjis get a lot of their parent breed’s hunting instinct, they might not be great with other pets in the house, especially cats. They’re not the friendliest with other animals, but socializing them will help. 

Are Pitsenjis Easy to Train?

Pitsenjis are great for families and get along well with children, but they need to be socialized and trained from a young age. 

Even with proper training, we suggest that you don’t leave your Pitsenji alone with a child.

Pitsenjis are a bright breed of dog, and they can easily learn the commands you give them. 

However, since they’re so independent, making them obey may be difficult as he or she may become stubborn. They need to be trained with positive reinforcement (i.e. treats) on a regular basis.

Because of this, we wouldn’t recommend a Basenji Pitbull mix to a first-time dog owner.

What is the Average Lifespan of a Pitsenji?

Pitbull/Basenji mix dogs have an average lifetime of 12 to 14 years.

Pitbull, Basenji, and Pitsenji Comparison Table


American Pit Bull TerrierBasenjiPitsenji
Average Weight35-60 lbs22-24lbs25-35 lbs
Average Height15-21”16-17”15 to 17”
Grooming DifficultyVery easy. Pitbulls require little grooming.Easy. They just require a quick brushing once a week.
Shedding LevelModerateLowNormal
TemperamentCourageous, friendly, playful, loyalCurious, intelligent, energeticFriendly, loyal, and affectionate, but independent 
IntelligenceHighly intelligent Highly intelligent Highly intelligent 
Trainability Highly TrainableStubborn; harder to trainModerate. Can be stubborn.
Friendliness to StrangersNormally friendly with strangersNormally accepting of strangersMay be suspicious of strangers; must be socialized. 
Friendliness With Other AnimalsNot usually friendly with other pets, but can be trainedTypically friendly with other dogsNot friendly with other animals. Even with the right socialization, may be aggressive with smaller dogs and cats
Life Expectancy10-14 years13-14 years12-14 years
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, skin allergiesCanine Hip Dysplasia (CHD), Corneal Dystrophy,  Patellar LuxationProgressive Retinal Atrophy, Fanconi Syndrome, and Hypothyroidism
Pitbull, Basenji, and Pitsenji Comparison Table

In Conclusion: Adopting a Pitbull/Basenji Mix

The Pitsenji is a smart, affectionate, and curious breed that carries many of its parents’ characteristics. They might not be very friendly with other animals and pets, unless raised alongside them and socialized well. 

While the Pitsenji can be stubborn, these traits can be managed with the correct training and socializing.

A Pitsenji is a great family dog if you live in a house with a closed backyard, have children, and can exercise and play with him or her every day.

We hope this article has helped inform you on this very special breed of dog!