Sorry for replying to an older post, but I have to thank Sen Say for posting his picture.
I now know what my own corgi mix is thanks to this thread. I picked him up in October from a local dog rescue group, but he was captured in a trap, so no one was quite sure of his origins other than obviously a Corgi.
But as soon as I saw the picture above, I realized his body type & the nature of his hair was an exact match to the little short legged guy above. So then, I started reading up on what made Bensenji’s unique. & found lot’s of interesting things, that definitely pointed to this kind of mix:
Our Corgi mix, Iwa, is dark almost chocolate in color with white feet & chest… & you can see the hint of the brindle coat. - Bensenji’s come in all colors, & the white chest, if present, doesn’t have to extend up to the face. - he is missing the white tail tag…
Iwa has “pricked ears”, but this seems to be an exact neutral zone between “hooded” of the Bensenji & “bat” of the corgi style ears.
He also has a tail that is super long & curly, but can be straightened.
& finally, the most distinctive feature, the pads of his feet. Bensenji’s middle two toe pads “connect” slightly at the bottom.
For more information see this site:
Traits that my Corgi/Basenji seems to have:
- he seems to be a popular target at the dog park with certain slightly aggressive dogs. - Supposedly Basenji’s don’t typically “smell” like other dogs, so some breeds seem to not recognize them as “dogs”.
- he loves to run & run & run, and he likes to target other dogs well, in a very similar “hunting” fashion. He doesn’t seem aggressive toward them though.
- he does not like strangers, & seems to be particularly wary of kids.
- He started shedding as soon as we finally got into winter, but didn’t appear to loose any hair prior.
- hates baths.
Iwa does bark & has a very intimidating deep growl. Since he his nervous, some people think he is being aggressive. At home, he is an absolute angel. loves loves loves to be held. and wants nothing more to hang out with you at all times. I did attend a 6 week dog training course, & while he did eventually learn all the commands he was supposed to, he didn’t personally feel the need to keep going over them. LOL
Hope this helps you, even though you probably have already learned all of this by now.
Pic of another corgi/basenji mix