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A pretty simple test for a Basenji is behavioral. If your pup is sweet, and yours looks like she is, then she is likely not a Basenji. If she's a total PITA then she is!
Only kidding. (Sort of). Anyway, as others have said, the only real way to find out is the DNA test. Hard to determine on looks (or behavior). Till then keep enjoying your canine companion.
Show Off Your Dog
*My little girl is 12. I cannot even begin to fathom life without her. Your boys are SO beautiful. Their eyes are simply amazing. They must have made 'pawprints in your heart' - ones which will never leave. I imagine on the days when you miss your dogs - any of you who have lost them, you can quietly go into the soft rooms of your souls, close your eyes and still feel them and see them. I consider these animals not to really be dogs but to be amazingly beautiful creatures of God. I am certain anyone who shares their life with a Basenji would agree they are unlike any other breed in the entire world. I once read that when God finished creating all of the animals, He took everything that was left over and made a Basenji. What do you think? We keep our Basenji bathed as believe-it-or-not, I am allergic to her when she is not. I LOVE LOVE LOVE stroking her soft, velvety coat (she loves it too!). Blessings to ALL of you who have shared your life with one of these beautiful animals and have since lost them. My prayers to all of you. Look for them - 'Somewhere over the rainbow . . . ' *
Basenji Health Issues & Questions
Good vets are hard to come by - you want one who will learn (from you and your dog). I have spent years making sure all the vets at the Practice I use know all about Basenjis. Over time, I have come to trust four of the five. . .
So get a new Vet, see if you can find one with a little knowledge and even more good sense and tell him about the foxtails - but not immediately. See if he can come up with a solution and if not, THEN you make the suggestion 'could it be. . . ?'
Hopefully the new person will be a better diagnostician.
Poor wee doggie
Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).
Take it REALLY REALLY slowly. Be sure to make good things happen when they are together and getting along. It took me 7 months to get my 4 yr old basenji rescue (who has a very high prey drive) to coexist with an old cat. If there is a bad experience, it can set everything back months, so be very careful to set up good experiences and avoid bad experiences.
You can always also contact breeders that might be wanting to place could be looking to place an x-show dog that they are not using for breeding or possible an adult they have gotten back for whatever reason. You might need to travel a bit, but check out breeders in OR/WA for sure. I know for a fact that FoPaws in WA (Therese Leimback) have two middle aged to place from an owner return. Don't know what the current situation is, there is a male and a female. You can find her on facebook. Highly recommend either of these two
Great recommendation. Breeders who take dogs back are also virtually guaranteed to give you a good description of the dog's personality and their pluses and minuses.
:::Note: I’m not a professional trainer, I have a degree in psychology and im a teacher; a dog is like a 2-4 year old. Every dog is different though, maybe I’ve just gotten lucky, but what I’ve been doing has been working for me; maybe it will for you.:::
LOL, not luck... good common sense. We do basic training to get solid responses in controlled environments, which gives a good base for expanding it to other situations.
Like eeeefarm, I don't thing animal aggressive dogs need to socialize with strange dogs. I keep them separated. For the unexpected, working at home on basic commands (Leave It!, "look at me" to focus on you and understand the other dog is off limits, solid 100 percent down-stay) can help you avoid your dog getting revved enough to bite. That means you have to stay on top of things, change directions if necessary, and be firm and loud in asking others to not approach with their dog.
Training is wonderful bonding, and it exercises their brains.
Basenji Puppy Pen
Post here tips on raising young Basenji.
The vet can manipulate to see if something severe is wrong, but hips xrays need to wait til 6 mos (OFA) or (I think.. too tired to look) 4 mos.. oh heck I have to look..
"The PennHIP method can be reliably performed on a dog as young as 16 weeks old."
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Feb 14, 2018, 10:08 PM
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