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Welcome to the newly redesigned and updated Basenji Forums!

Just wanted to say that I love the new format. So easy to use, great visual. Thank you for the hard work.

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Let's talk about Basenjis!
Best Car Seat?

A crate is probably best, particularly with a pup. I have used the harnesses that attach to seat belts, and with my most recent boy I used one of those "hammocks" that attach to the headrests. He had a crate phobia, but was happy in his hammock. As far as protection in a crash, I don't think anything is foolproof, and the aftermath of the accident will vary. You don't want a loose dog on the highway, but you don't want one trapped in a crate if the car goes into water or there is a fire. Not possible to guard against all eventualities, but for most a crate is likely best.

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Is Bailey a Basenji mix?

<cough> Cara is 40 pounds. I have seen African ones that heavy too. But until I decide to cough up DNA testing for her, folks will continue to argue about the pack being pure or not. I actually am considering doing it. But $200 is hefty to get the best one:

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
I'm a Newbie here & sort of old but willing to learn!

Welcome! All three of my basenjis have been from Tad Brooks of Meisterhaus. He is in KY/IN and I know he has adults available from time to time :)

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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…
Sudden Seizure in 2yr old male tri

@DebraDownSouth Thank you for your reply! I'm beyond thrilled that this was an interesting and hopefully helpful bit of information!!!! :D

Some links to what I was reading include:

Other advice from the Canine Epilepsy Forum mentioned that while the Taurine didn't 'stop' seizures....... it seemed in their observation increase the threshold of sensitivity to a typical seizure trigger / reduce tremors in their circumstance etc. ....... if that makes sense. When they stopped the Taurine - the seizures and/or tremors came right back at same intensity.

In the least..... if I can buffer any phenobarbital 'effects' with a supplement to help in any way - it's worth it.

Also to note - one article it said that Taurine requires B6 to be assimilated (or whatever the word was they used....... ;D can't remember.) I did find a Taurine with B6 at Sprouts and it was only $10 for 100 500 mg capsules.

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

New obedience title

Thanks to Deb the picture is now posted in "showoffs"

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
Looking to adopt a Basenji - Michigan or surrounding states.

Go to, they also have a like for mixes

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Why do they do that?
strange behavior

First, yeah they do the flip and butt in face. I see it as invitation to play/chase mostly.

Kind of shaking my head here over the rest. You already have a breed known for dominance and protectiveness of property/family with the Boerboel. Basenjis (I assume you mean 6.5 not 65 years old :) ) are not known for tolerating same sex. Sometimes they do, but not a sure bet. Plus, your Boerboel is still a puppy. By age 2 or 3, that compliance with the Basenji being alpha can go down the drain at a drop of a hat. That happens, and he hasn't killed the basenji... you have to keep 2 packs running, ensuring they never have contact. Then you bring in a mixed breed... which is all a Mastador is. No way on earth to know how much it will take after the lab side or the Mastiff. AND it's another male. So now you have potentially 3 dog aggressive male dogs, with 2 of them large enough to inhale the basenji. I am not sure about the breeders who placed the Boerboel, certainly not the owners letting you bring in the Mastador.

I want my male dogs to have a chance of a peaceful, unstressful life. I think the chances in your home are already approaching really low numbers, and the Mastador is going to bring that closer to zero. The safety of that poor basenji is beyond precarious. I wouldn't want those 3 males in the most experienced of homes, one already fully ready to and experienced in running separate packs. I sincerely hope you reconsider the Mastador. And no, getting a female won't help. Until the Boerboel is fully mature and you have a handle on what your pack is, adding any dog is going to up the risk of issues.

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For general feeding and nutrition related messages and questions.
Looking to try one of these....

Mine get a spoon full of yogurt every day, never had a problem with gas or digest..... all of my Basenjis loved yogurt... use plain, not flavored Greek

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

Please, share this information if possible. We would like to find the owner of this Basenji.
He is under the care of BRaT for now.
Rebeca Best, BRaT Coordinator.


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Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

tips for new basenji puppy owners

You could training dog your self, It's not as hard as you think.

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
Basenjis losing original red color

While you might have a point, I disagree. I know many pure red lines that not only do not have that red coat you refer to but also it is a very thick coat. This did not come from Brindles. Also black masking on red Basenjis is more the cause than a bleed from Brindles. The black masking is in a number of bloodlines and was around way before the Brindles showed up. Most believe this is coming from Tri's. Black in the tail is also usually from being Tri factored. And I don't say this because I have or breed Brindles, because I don't. I just don't believe the this color is the cause. I think we have a number of lines that produce that rich red color.

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For exchanging tips and general information on showing Basenjis in the conformation ring.
Need ideas to help young dog stand still on table for judge

Good luck with her. Sounds like you are working on things … hopefully she'll come around.

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Use this forum for upcoming Basenji meetups, events, bashes, day at the park.
South Florida/Basenji meet up

Hey! It's Joan and Dave. Nice to hear from you again. See you at Happy Tails maybe on Sunday if it's not raining!

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
Thunder and Joshua are at the Bridge

@Rocky1 I understand about feeling their presence in the house. I've made it 2 whole days without crying but I haven't made that 3rd. day yet. I'm such an old baby...I sleep with one of Dorie's torn up toys ~ once it gets warm, it still smells like her paws & I love that smell. I've dropped 15 lbs. since I lost my Dorie & that's not normal for me. My thyroid stopped working years ago & that makes it almost impossible to drop weight. I'm not sure if I've let go enough that Dorie's spirit has crossed over into the field by Rainbow Bridge. I just drag thru everyday like a zombie. That's why I need to get another one & soon. My apartment is empty & full of sadness. I went to stay with a friend for a couple of weeks but I only stayed 2 nights & then I had to come home. Everyone grieves in different ways but it's still hard. At least you still have a couple of companions with you. My girls were legally my companion animals. I will have another & I hope it's soon! Just know that everyone feels your loss & your pain too!

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Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
Wanted purebred Basenji older puppy to 5 years

@M-D-Allen M-D-Allen, I don't know why you think my question is "unwarrantedly, inherently suspicious". When you said "I have raised Basenjis 20 years", that's a long time so I figured that you'd known several breeders & other people. You never said that you'd only used one breeder or that the only breeder had died. I wish you much luck in finding another Senji..

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