The latest community news and help topics

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!
Bedding Advice

Both of mine have their own bed on either side of mine. They have blankets and are covered. It will take some time to find out what Pumpkin wants but not all Basenjis like to sleep in a crate.

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Is this dog part Basenji?

Another possibility might be Rat Terrier. They do come in brindle, although that colour is out of favour. There is one in my neighbourhood that has a bit of a Basenji look to him, and his tail is very short.......not sure if it's natural or docked.

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
Hello from Arizona!

I am so happy to hear that I am probably right! The DNA test would be fun, maybe I will try and see. Basenji's are definitely a special breed. Not for someone that wants a low maintenance dog. How smart she is amazes me, and anyone that comes into contact with her. It makes me laugh everytime someone calls a basenji the "barkless" dog.

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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…
7 year old Basenji male has rash on belly and groin area

My Teddy had/has what I would call a rash as well. My vet said it is an allergy (he does occasionally lick his paws also) - at first he thought it was a food allergy but it would go away when the spring rains came. It appears to be related to molds and dust mites instead. I give him salmon oil (not the pills but the real oil), freeze his kibble, regularly clean his blankets etc., and give him oatmeal shampoo baths when it really acts up. I also use dermacton cream if his skin gets too dry. We seem to have it under control.

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

What is YOUR Basenji like?

so I just got back to this forum and began reading through some threads, what was issheforme final decision for getting a basenji?

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
Found Male Basenji, Grayson County

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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Why do they do that?
Major behavior change after 10 years!! Help!

Thank you all for your input! I don't feel as alone in trying to solve this.
I am considering a thundershirt but am concerned he will tear it off himself. He has done so with a pheromone collar I tried.
Yes I want my dog to be around for some time to come but quality of life plays an important role as well.
I plan to meet with a behavioral therapist too.
I am considering a thundershirt but am concerned that he will tear it off himself.

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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

Reading through all the posts has been interesting. It seems that each has found their own individual way. Each dog is different also, my first B was a very confident alpha type. My second is a fearful agressive, what worked with the first does not work with the second at all. The third is very easy going and confident with me and familiar surroundings but becomes freaked out with new things.

Each needs their own unique training. the only two things which I can say are mostly consistent are stubbornness and redirection.
When a Basenji refuses or does not want to do something which is important I become more stubborn than the dog. it may take me an hour or two but I do not move on until I have achieved the goal.
Once they understand that we don't move on until they comply, then it becomes easy to train them.
Grinding nails, giving pills, checking for tics, checking teeth, baths, muzzling at the vets and even giving injections and testing blood sugar for my diabetic dog. All these things can be done without a problem once the dog understands that it is going to happen first before we move on. Calm, patient, assertive and stubborn. One note is you have to be very calm, you can not get upset, frustrated or angry at all. Some exceptions do apply, never get stubborn that they must eat For instance.

Redirection works well which is why many advocate clicker training, I have never used a clicker but when a B starts behaviour you do not want redirection is the way to go.

One more thing is that a puppy will need a lot of treats, praise and rewards for training. Once they become four or five years old then they will not need them so much. An older dog who has bonded to you will want to please you even without a reward every time.

I look at their thoughts much and read them, very subtle signs give them away. We have a running joke in our house that to Basenji's we are just stupid monkeys. I believe basenjis are very challenging dogs to train and understand however when you do they are the most rewarding.

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
Southeast breeders

We were saddened and disappointed in our visit there. It was our first exposure to the Breed unfortunately. We are working with Robyn and a reputable breeder in South Georgia currently. We are hopeful for a match with a young adult Or teen. Thanks for your input.

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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.
Benji 2005-2016 / dragging hind legs

So sorry for your loss.

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Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
Wanted...Retired Basenji...

@Dsims1976 really should contact BRAT -
i didnt want togo through the puppy stage as well- and hes been such a pussy cat!!!

i got my 2 year old basenji to accompany my other boy and hes been awesome!!!!

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

Designer Dogs

Yes, I'm glad to hear differing opinions! We're keeping our options open but leaning toward a purebred waterdog of some sort. I'm sure I'll be back later with questions about how to integrate a new puppy in to a home life ruled by a cat (and with an African basenji in the mix)... :)

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