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What's up with no picture uploading? Is it a glitch or have you really ended that feature?

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Basenji Treats (training)


Yeah, I posted months ago that my daughter and I were moving to Israel. We and the dogs left from JFK airport on Dec 26. We're living in if you ever visit Israel, I'll have a bed for you! We love it here.

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Meet Chaga!

Sadly, Pat, you have a good point. Saliva tests are still honor system.

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
new member

@debradownsouth Hi, I'm in Southern Arizona. My pup will be coming from a breeder in Arkansas. She calls her business "Trackers Choice". They specialize in tracking dogs, mostly hounds.

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

@eeeefarm said in Thoughts on Spaying:

Gotta wonder about what is happening these days when I see so many young dogs with various diseases I'd never seen before in dogs.....

Could be advanced veterinary science but I do so agree with you. History has its drawbacks. When we got our first Basenji in UK - Marvin had been breeding them in USA since forever - people warned us. The dog had bad temperament in back.
Investigation showed the dog in question had been a kennel dog and that back in those days the Brits hadn't woken up to the fact that a kennel is not the place for a Basenji. This lead me to the conclusion there is inbred bad temperament and environmentally caused ditto. Same thing with health scourges - apparently appearing in younger and younger dogs ????

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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!

Prozac made a big difference in Cara.

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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?

You got superb responses from breeders I'd have begged to get a puppy from. Although I put a championship on my first basenji, her over the top, crazed dog aggression concerned me and I had her spayed. Lucked out as she developed severe autoimmune problems, as did her niece we bought the next year.

My point is that I wasn't a newbie to genetics or breeding. But my experiences were with Rottweilers. I failed to research the bloodlines and trusted someone I thought was a friend. Do it the right way so you don't make the errors that I made. Get a mentor, start studying canine genetics, learn bloodlines. Save up a lot of money.

While it's very unlikely you have a dog with a quality bloodline (not meant to be harsh...but a responsible breeder will not place a puppy with a newbie that isn't on a spay/neuter contract unless mentoring to show), you may want to go to handling classes and even enter a few shows just to get a feel for things before you commit more time.

You also might post your puppy reg or, better yet the sire and dam, and let the experienced breeders here help explain the pedigree, testing, etc.

Btw, I moved into rescue. That's another great venue for the breed lovers.

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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

@elbrant said in Dog Flu Is Spreading — Here's What You Need To Know To Keep Your Pup Safe:


Wow. While that's not a research or medical site, it gave good links. I'm with Shirley, not any way I can spin your post as anything but a slap to the poster. Not many people are more rigidly insistent on facts and science than me, but no need to post a putdown. Easy to have said "Here are some better sources" ...don't you think?

And for the dismissive comment about not that many, how about you take a look at the spread since it began. For show and performance dog owners, knowing what new states, even if only one known dog, is important info to have. Hopefully my source meets your requirements.

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