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Welcome to the newly redesigned and updated Basenji Forums!

There used to be an ignore option. Am I missing it or is it gone?

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Let's talk about Basenjis!
Basenji Treats (training)

@debradownsouth WOW, Debra.... how exciting... totally missed that... email me privately at and tell me all about it... don't want to hijack someones thread!

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Meet Chaga!

@debradownsouth ... "Chaga" refers to both an African Tribe and Mushrooms, the concept of a "truffle hunting dog" relates to the latter, mushrooms. Mushrooms, being a truffle, after all. So, there's no joke here about dogs hunting human beings. I'm sure it's just jet lag... I hope you are enjoying your new home.

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
new member

@rlshiver - Are you getting your pup from Top Dog? If so, you might want to think twice. Go to that is the parent club for Basenjis, you can search for breeders by state. Most all responsible breeders are parent club members.

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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…
Thoughts on Spaying

@gigi I used to believe that you should spay females that you were not going to breed, but I always let my girls have one litter. Based on the information I had at the time, I thought that females who had a litter were more protective of their home. And I never had a girl who wasn't inclined to protect home/family. But catching your girl before she goes into season and keeping her isolated is a hat trick at best. I've seen one male kill another (literally) because he wanted to win the mating game. No warning. No growling. Just a quick bite and the smaller dog was gone. 40 years later and it still grabs me.

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Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).

Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
Why do they do that?
Major behavior change after 10 years!! Help!

@rocky1 I'm so very sorry for your loss. They become such a part of our souls. I've already had a few tears over just the thought of what it will be like without him.

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For general feeding and nutrition related messages and questions.
Feeding Homemade Food

Sounds good. We feed lamb ribs for chews (when in season) - soft enough but still good for the teeth. Any non-weight bearing bones are good. We get ours at a butcher shop, sometimes for free. Otherwise we find stuff in specialised (web)shops: camel hide, kangaroo, tendons, trachea, dried lung. There's a lot of stuff out there.

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Post details of lost and found dogs. Please remember to update when dogs are found.

Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

For discussion on breeding and breeders.
When to consider breeding?

@zande said in When to consider breeding?:

I have consistently linebred - In the wild, the alpha male probably mates with his mother, his aunts, his daughters and his grandmother. The villagers probably owned a pack and didn't pay attention. Basenjis are one of the oldest breeds, allegedly 6000 years old. Could this be an argument in favour of line-breeding ?

Actually, probably not. Wolves tend to avoid incest, as do wild dogs (and horses, come to that). I had heard this before, and had anecdotal evidence of it in my own horses, but when I looked for evidence on the matter, I found this: "Like many wild canids, African wild dogs exhibit inbreeding avoidance behavior. Dogs from the same pack very rarely will mate with close kin from the same natal pack.

A recent study that was published PLoS ONE found that African wild dogs also won’t mate with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, or grandparents from the same natal pack, even if they encounter each other several years later. In the South African study stample, 0nly a single breeding pair was confirmed to have been between two third order or closer relatives."


And this: "Inbreeding apologists in the dog world love invoking the notion that wolves inbreed all the time and are just fine and not harmed. As is clear from the scientific evidence, this once common refrain is nothing more than an unsupported meme that is not backed up by empirical or observational evidence."


....and this....."We find no evidence in two natural wolf populations that mated pairs are related as parents and offspring or as siblings....In fact, wolf 75 from SNF had three different mates during the period of the study; each time he paired with an unrelated individual rather than related packmates"


Whether an ancient breed such as the Basenji follows the same avoidance as wild dogs and wolves is the question, and I don't know the answer. But food for thought.

I do wonder about modern breeding practices, and whether they will prove harmful in the long run.

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For exchanging tips and general information on showing Basenjis in the conformation ring.
Disqualifying traits?

Some judges are might not be happy about it but missing a toenail is not at all something a dog should be not placed for. If it comes down to “I like both dogs and have to pick” it could be a deciding factor. No dog is perfect!

Like Pat said, the basenji standard has no DQs.

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Use this forum for upcoming Basenji meetups, events, bashes, day at the park.
basenji NOVA Meetups?

I'm in DC, feel free to email me at, we could meet up and have our B's play

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
dreaming of a Basenji girl... (ILM)

First, I responded to the first post and missed the rest of this. So ignore rescue suggestion.

And absolutely responsible breeders decide who gets what puppy!

Yes, there have been some studies linking temperament in mammals to colors. But the issue was more related to the " popular stud" syndrome than a genetic tie between color and temperament.

Second thought is Shirley disagreeing about being handled in the show ring equaling good temperament. Having personally met a few Lhasa Apsos and talked to a few Westminster competitor breeders, there are some utterly nasty ones who like the ring and tolerate handling. Also, there was a Rottweiler champion who was so human aggressive out of the ring he was legendary.

But obviously breeders want a solid temperament. In today's world with the internet, bad temperaments will sink your reputation.

On culling, in farm animals it often meant kill. In Germany, the club dog wardens used to require large litters to be culled. They stopped a long time ago, but GSD and Rottie people still talk about it. But in dog breeding, it's generally remove from the breeding pool. Though a lot of Bulldog breeders euthanize pups with cleft palates. I guess I do not want to pretend culling never means killing.

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Talk about other pets you may have or want and questions about them

Dog Flu Is Spreading — Here's What You Need To Know To Keep Your Pup Safe

@debradownsouth omgosh... all I said was that I don't generally trust the "Dodo" for my news. That's all. Like, I don't rely on Wikipedia if I'm checking on potential health issues for myself. Doesn't mean that Wiki won't have the information, just that I feel more comfortable getting the information from someone like, the "Mayo Clinic". I still like Wiki - even donate to their organization (annually). But you know what -- it's just my opinion. Going on and on and on about it isn't going to change my mind.

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