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House breaking

Trust you have a doggie door to the outside that she can use

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Let's talk about Basenjis!
Pee squatting

Re: Do your male basenjis squat to pee?
Our Basenji mix, Bailey, squat peed until he was almost 2 yrs old. Now he lifts his leg to mark and squats or stretches mostly to pee.
Recently, we were at a dog park and he lifted his leg to mark a fence. He has no pee left, so with his leg lifted he pooed instead. It was hilarious!

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Is my Lexi a Basenji mix? (take 2)

Thank you all! She is amazing and you are all correct, life with her is never dull. With all of the new information that I have now and understanding she may be a Basenji mix, I just hired a trainer (for us it sounds like).

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
Looking for a reputable breeder

Thanks for all the tips! We’ll see how the search goes.

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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…
FDA alert on tick/flea product

@debradownsouth The Small Animal Vets push whatever they are incentivized to push. My Mom worked for years at Ortho-McNeal and she knows how the drugs are tested all over the World but they only report the Data from the US. This is very dangerous and I am all for Homeopathic remedies such as Peppermint Oil for fleas and ticks. Essential Oils can be used for calming inflammation from an insect bite (Lavender Oil). I worked as a Vet Tech years ago and the Vet was really cheap. He actually charged $25.00 to put a sobbing Child's Hamster to sleep! The Vaccines are bought by the Lot and at the time the Vaccines cost .75 cents! Fort Dodge was the Supplier then and I do not recall who they merged with or were acquired by. That was the year they released the Feline Leukemia Vaccine. Last Month I lost one of my Christmas Eve Rescue Cats from NYC. He was a funny little Cat and I adored him. He had a Stroke and I had him Cremated because he was a special little guy. He was 14 years old. I still have the Female Cat and she too is 14. Sorry to get off topic but I do not trust Vets.

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

New dog in the house

Take it REALLY REALLY slowly. Be sure to make good things happen when they are together and getting along. It took me 7 months to get my 4 yr old basenji rescue (who has a very high prey drive) to coexist with an old cat. If there is a bad experience, it can set everything back months, so be very careful to set up good experiences and avoid bad experiences.

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
Sacramento, CA BRAT

@debradownsouth Potential owners should never turn down a Senior Dog. Their Owner may have died or fallen on hard times, or some other catastrophic event that caused them to give up their Dog. Basenjis are incredibly loyal so when you bring an older dog into your home make sure that you give them their space so they can adjust to their new environment. Rescued Animals know that the new person has made their life better!

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Why do they do that?
My dog bit me.

:::Note: I’m not a professional trainer, I have a degree in psychology and im a teacher; a dog is like a 2-4 year old. Every dog is different though, maybe I’ve just gotten lucky, but what I’ve been doing has been working for me; maybe it will for you.:::

LOL, not luck... good common sense. We do basic training to get solid responses in controlled environments, which gives a good base for expanding it to other situations.

Like eeeefarm, I don't thing animal aggressive dogs need to socialize with strange dogs. I keep them separated. For the unexpected, working at home on basic commands (Leave It!, "look at me" to focus on you and understand the other dog is off limits, solid 100 percent down-stay) can help you avoid your dog getting revved enough to bite. That means you have to stay on top of things, change directions if necessary, and be firm and loud in asking others to not approach with their dog.

Training is wonderful bonding, and it exercises their brains.

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For general feeding and nutrition related messages and questions.
Picky Basenji

Zande’s recommendation is spot on for a healthy dog who is simply picky. I cried myself to sleep many times over one of my dogs. I was convinced he was going to die! He’d like a food a few days and then stop. I mixed everything into it, tried raw (he hates it), tried every protein, every type of food, etc etc. Same results!!

The only thing that worked was finding a food he liked and I felt comfortable feeding and stuck with it. Yes he’d skip some meals but at 5 years old he now eats his food with very little issue. You REALLY have to practice tough love and sick to it. If your dog is healthy it WILL work!

For the record, I feed Fromm and rotate flavors. He does not do grain free as the good carbs help keep weight on him.

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Post details of lost and found dogs. Please remember to update when dogs are found.
Lost Basenji in MO

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Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

New Puppy Advice

@Destiny-Galimore - Glad to hear that you will do the DNA test, sooner the better for your peace of mind. These two tests are 65.00 each, well worth the price. And you just order the test and since it is a cheek swab you do it yourself and then just send it back. On the OFA homepage ( there is a link "order OFA DNA tests". Then select Fanconi Syndrome and Basenji PRA. Good luck and I hope that your boy is at worst a Carrier. A Carrier will never get Fanconi or go blind from DNA.

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
Breeders in Western US

@debradownsouth yeah, we have been looking at that website, but many of the breeders seem to have been inactive for several years, so I don’t know when it was last updated.
Thanks for the email tip.

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For exchanging tips and general information on showing Basenjis in the conformation ring.
long tail of my basenji

In that shot, she looks like a basenji.
I'll happily decrease photo size if you want to send them to me.

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Use this forum for upcoming Basenji meetups, events, bashes, day at the park.
Toronto, Canada?

I am in Toronto and am planning to get a Basenji next year. I would love to hear what breeders you all used and what your experience was like!!

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
Remembering Teka

@gwen I still choke up when I think about my Meg (American Bulldog, lost to cancer in 2013). Just try to shift to happy memories when she comes to your mind. I'm right there with you!

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Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
How to know which breeders are reputable?

As noted by Debra, go to and search for breeders. Most of the reputable breeders are listed here, but not all. Go to, there is a link about screening breeders. These are questions you should ask potential breeders. They should provide you with links the the OFA testing base. DNA testing for Fanconi and PRA are public knowledge. Here is an example of one of my listings on the OFA database. For sure Fanconi DNA and PRA DNA must be done, but most responsible breeders also test for hips, thyroid, eyes... however, those results are not always posted a public. But if done, the breeder would have certificates of the testing. Breeders typically show their Basenjis... some do performance events. This activity shows not only the correct conformation (showing) but that and/or performance shows temperament. If you have other questions, please contact me. You can find my email on my website link noted below. And I will comment as Debra said.. many breeder webs are not kept up to date, sad but true...I have always pushed that breeders keep their sites up to date as all "puppy back yard breeders do because people search the internet, but most you can find also on FB.

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


Feb 14, 2018, 10:08 PM

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Scroll down to the "Email" section. The box will indicate, "Subscribe to Digest". Under that, put your mouse indicator under that area and to the right. A drop down box will appear with several options. Select "off".

Scroll to the bottom of the page and "Save Changes".
Problem solved.

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