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Sighthound status of the Basenji?[edit]

There is no significant evidence that can prove the sighthound status of the Basenji. Like most African hounds - those that originate south of the Sahara - it is used to scent hunt, track, and drive game. This is almost invariably done in densely vegetated terrain. That defines it as a hound, not a sighthound. Sighthounds pursue their game by sight, they overpower their game by speed - it is essential for them to do that in open country. Basenjis have been included in the American Sighthound Field Association of the USA simply because their national host club members wished to use them in lure coursing. The original function and use of a breed defines its status or identity - not an assumed use in a foreign country.

The main reason why the Basenji is listed as a sighthound is the fact that they were trained to hunt bird game while in flight, this is not to say that they do not use there sense of smell but that they hunt with both there nose and eyes. My basenji looks to the sky every time he is outside and will chase a flock of birds in flight as far as the fence goes. If you want some true knowlegde about these dogs I would suggest that you go to the websites dedicated to the correct information about these dogs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hidagirl04 (talkcontribs) 00:26, 13 April 2012 (UTC) The same can be said of a number of other breeds that have been listed in this "sighthound" article. The Podenco's , the Podengo's, the Kelb tal-fenek/Pharaoh hound, the Cirneco, none of them are true sighthounds. The Lagonikos has a name that actually tells you what they are: "Ichnilatis" - tracking dog.

Fraudulent claims and romanticised histories do not further the credibility or reliability of Wikipedia!

Richard Hawkins bh@fernhill.com

Basenjis are classified as sighthounds by the American Kennel Club. If you have an issue with that classification, you should take it up with the AKC. In the meantime, said classification by said organization is a fact, and has been reported as such in the article. Johnny Pez 08:55, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Johnny Pez, The “fact” you state is incorrect. I suggest you read the Wikipedia article on the Basenji more closely. Note the (correct) AKC classification, the Basenji is an AKC “Hound”. Please see my comments on identity in the Discussion on Sighthounds - <<The AKC does recognise the RR as a "hound". (There is no formal or classified sighthound group in AKC, CKC, or KC usage). It is eligible for AKC lure coursing trials because it had been accepted earlier as such by ASFA (just like the Basenji - another hunting dog which is not a sighthound)>> As yet the AKC has no formal Sighthound Group or classification. It does recognise some non-sighthound breeds as eligible for lure coursing trials. That eligibility was inherited from ASFA. In the future the AKC may well form a Sighthound Group, which may well contain the Basenji. However, the breed will still need to show verifiable historic use as a coursing dog, as opposed to a driving, pack and scent hound, for it to be correctly included in this version of Wikipedia as a sighthound. Consider the FCI Sighthound Group – a truly international defining group as opposed to the ASFA/AKC lure coursing eligible group of hounds – and discuss. Richard Hawkins bh@fernhill.com 7th June 2006

Signed for archive purposes only. William Harris • (talk) • 04:13, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

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Has a good amount of info. Needs more references and citations. Article should mention that in addition to yodling, barooing, and chortling that they also scream (I very interesting fact, in my opinion)! Needs more images. --Pharaoh Hound (talk) 14:15, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

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