Thank you for thinking of the puppy's needs.
Please, contact the breeder first if you signed a contract. Responsible breeders have contracts, nearly all requiring you contact them if things don't work out. They may have other homes waiting already. If the breeder sold you the puppy without a contract, then there are a few here looking for a puppy that might be interested. Make sure you get references and vet references so that your puppy goes to a home, not someone wanting to use him for breeding in some puppymill.
If you can't find a good home and you are willing to place without being paid, BRAT can be helpful in screening and getting into a good home in most cases.
California has a separate basenji rescue also... http://www.basenjirescue.com/ ... however, I have no idea if they do fanconi testing.
If your pup does not have clear parents, or at least one clear, please get him tested before you place him. A home getting a dog with a genetic disorder is more likely to abandon it if they don't know upfront what they are getting. If you have the parents' registration numbers or names, it is easy to verify if they were tested.
Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).
@betsy - sounds to me like you are doing everything right.... the pup and cats need to make their own peace... and sounds like it is going as good as expected. The pup will learn the body language as she gets older of the cats... and yes, agree with Debra... good that the cats done run... and if the pups gets "swiped" by the kitties... what a better way to learn to back off...
Basenji Puppy Pen
Post here tips on raising young Basenji.
All excellent advice, not much I can add. I have a 9 week old Samoyed here and I'm pretty much kangaroo momming him. Right now he's even sleeping with me. Fortunately I have my daughter and her father helping out so I get some breaks, and my daughter does most of it when she's home 2 days a week. Samoyed are extremely people needy, but honestly I am the one who can't bear him being on his own too much this early. Even with doctor appointments, he has a crate in the living room so Larry can take him out to play/potty and snuggle (since I'm usually gone 5 to 6 hrs some days).
Easy adjustment.. put in crate, happy voice "i'll be back" and leave. Go out the door and leave alone at least 15 mins. Keep extending it over several days until you are up to a couple of hours. By that point, they do get you will come back. Just no drama, no soothing poor baby stuff... nonchalant. Happy leaving, happy return. Make sure safe toys, chews in crate.
If you can arrange it so her work and your's don't quite overlap so he's no alone more than 4 hrs, that would be idea. If not... swap out coming home for lunch break?
Good luck.. and please post pictures :) Also, where did you get him? A lot of the basenjis here are related. (My basenji now is a rescue so not related.) It's nice to see the connections though!
Good luck with her. Sounds like you are working on things … hopefully she'll come around.
Basenji Meetups & Events
Beaubri Basenji's in mission bc are one of the top basenji breeders in bc if not Canada. If you are still looking I would get in touch with Simone she is the breeder.
Basenjis For Sale or Wanted
David, welcome to the forum.
I am not finding basenji clubs in either Tanzia or Zambia. I did find a strange listing with South African breeders. Perhaps if you contact the more current ones, they can advise you of local breeders.
You might also contact the Basenji Club of America African Project to see if they have any contacts for your area. https://www.basenji.org/african/project.htm
Wish I could be more help.
Talk about other pets you may have or want and questions about them
Thanks, I'll look for it. My basenji died from kidney disease, but she was never on more than 27 percent protein, had serious autoimmune issues, and steroids from the time she was 4. :(