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Sudden behavior change at this age is almost always medical. I am glad you are now keeping him separated, but honestly you should have the first incident. After the first bite, most courts or judges would rule you knew he was a danger and he could not only have been seized, but you sued for significant damages. You are lucky no one is filing.

Thyroid is the primary cause that I am aware of for sudden change. Yes, brain tumors are possible, but more likely thyroid. Some forms of epilepsy also can cause a dog to attack, but typically this is truly out of nowhere-- not like what you describe when a dog is told no about something. Pain can also do it.. sadly cancer had been found in similar situations of sudden growing aggression. The ENCOURAGING part is you had several months without problems... so again, look at the most simple... thyroid. Make sure you get a full panel, not just an in-house partial.

In the meantime, understand you didn't cause this, and it may be fixable. If thyroid, it's inexpensive medication. But you won't know until you get tests runs. Hopefully those wanting him put down will feel better knowing you are acting to find out if there is a medical issue.

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Basenjis with strangers

I think most are fine if properly socialized. Mine have varied from friendly to aloof, with my last one being somewhat untrustworthy and requiring supervision, particularly when people were leaving. Basenjis are curious and often will investigate purses, coats, etc. if given the chance. Theft of objects may occur.

Agree with Debra, you need to learn more about the breed. Behaviour with strangers is not a frequent complaint, but mischief and destructiveness are.....

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Does my dog look like she has basenji in her?

Where do u live?. We sold Basenji x pups around 12years ago.

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Hi from my mexican basenjis

Welcome! Congrats on the new adoption.

Be careful though, they can get into severe fights. Giving Milka space to avoid him might help.

Do you have photos? We love pictures!

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Multiple bumps on forehead

@tanza So far she knows all about his epilepsy journey, not the bumps yet as it's only been a week. But, yes I absolutely am going to ask her about it for advice and to let her know what's going on. Thank you for the reminder! Been so busy juggling pills and cream - and everything else in daily life. ;D I appreciate it!

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


He's been neuterized several years ago so this really surprised me but I'm sure he hasn't forgotten the irresistable lure of it all :)

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
Relocating and looking to re-home our two Basenji's in Texas

We are in San Antonio and are looking for one or two Basenjis. We had our previous two Basenjis for 16 years. They were two girls and half sisters. What are their ages? Do they get along with indoor cats.

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Why do they do that?
Recent Growling at Dogs During Walk

That's great - I would also still carry treats to distract your dog in case the other dog isn't quite as friendly or your dog doesn't like being so close to the other dog - just in case.

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New Basenji

Blue buffalo makes a dry chicken and rice dog food.

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Post details of lost and found dogs. Please remember to update when dogs are found.
URGENT - Found Basenji

You might post on the Facebook international basenji board.. not a lot of members, but who knows.

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Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

Raising a basenji with a full time job...

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!

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
Serious Concerns about a Breeder in Quebec

I've heard that none of the QC breeders are very reputable, maybe that's unfair but in my very limited experience with them I would have to agree. Many of the QC breeders dogs/puppies end up in shelters, there are also a lot of puppymills in QC, There are 2 QC breeders' Basenjis here in Alberta that I know of, both being rescued shelter dogs. One is a Josabry Basenji, the other is not but they do share a parent. The Josabry Basenji is very handsome but suffers from IBD. I believe BRAT has a Basenji from yet another QC breeder. I would not buy a Basenji in QC, go to Ontario, lots of good Basenji breeders there.

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

I have also seen current research on dewclaw removal that has me convinced to never do it again. I am exhausted but will try to post the links if anyone is interested... maybe tomorrow

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Basenji owners in Austin Tx

@pearlypoo thanks for the well wishes. It's been a very difficult decision but we want the best for them.

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
fly high my sweet boy

@crystalncody I'm so Sorry for all your many loss's. At least Bucky is there now. & he's helping you in the same way that you're helping him. Life is full of so many twists & turns. I'm just glad you all are together!

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Looking for Basenji Pup (UK)

Really??? I don't know where you are getting your misinformation from. You seem to know who I am but continue to hide behind your moniker.
The stud dogs I used ARE health tested and as far as I am aware Champdogs is a reputable website.
May I suggest that you check your facts yet AGAIN and retract your libelous comments.

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