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At first I was afraid she was younger than I was told but the vet assured me she looked appropriate for her age and is healthy.<<
A dog that should be 20 to 25 pounds that is only 15, I am sorry to say, is nothing to be excited about. 25 percent smaller than the norm could indicate genetic issues. It also concerns me when you say you are afraid she is younger than you were told. Where did you get her from? If she's registered, hopefully the papers are correct. How long have you had her?
If you're looking for an "outside dog"... not the breed. If you are simply concerned about play time outside, then a 6 ft fence contains most. If you have a climber, they have inward leaning caps that stop that.
I do know people who have used a good fence, then an invisible one a couple of feet in so the dog cannot dig under or climb over the fence.
Okay he's cute, I certainly wouldn't be surprised if a mix... but without a DNA test, no way to really tell.
Barking... well basenjis bark, but for most it is a single Boof.. pause... booof. Not the bow wow wow rhythm of other dogs.
Oh shedding... they shed but nothing like my other breeds. We get a shed out in early summer. Otherwise, unless sick, not much shedding.
I have only had 3 basenjis... they all hated water, one so much that getting her to potty if the ground is we is a serious issue.
Basenji Health Issues & Questions
The absolutely hardest thing with each of my Basenjis was going through their final week(s) of life.
((hugs)) That's true with all my dogs. I used to say no matter how old, it was still hard. But we lost a 9 mo old Samoyed last December. I'm still crying. No logic.. he didn't know if he lived a long or short life, he just knew he was utterly loved every single day of his life. My heart dog... 6 1/2, lymphoma... had every odds going for her getting a long term remission. She crashed with each protocol and I put her down after 5 mos of her suffering from my desperation to save her. Knowing the end, of course I'd have just kept her comfortable and let her go. Not knowing, I don't know if I would do it different. I hope I would... I hope if it happens again and there isn't a good chance for a cure, I'll let them go. I don't judge anyone who makes a different call, but my heart tells me it was as much my distress at losing her that made me keep on than for her. So I hear you, really clear and with shared pain.
I do hope that you aren't shutting off getting another dog. As terrible as losing them is the emptiness of not having one share your life. It doesn't mend the heart, but it does expand it so the holes left are proportionally smaller.
Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).
@jilliansquires Housetraining, you need to go back to potty training 101.... start all over again.... take her out "all" the time, after eating, sleeping playing, etc.....
The biting as you describe it is NOT normal behavior. Have you done any Obedience training with her? Work her mind?
And most important have you talked to her breeder?
Only one of your photos uploaded but she looks like a sweetie. I am sorry your sister has to give her up. She may want to list her with BRAT, they allow mixed dogs to be listed.
This is an excellent idea!
Do not laugh at me, but I had this dream for many years, to come with my dog to travel, hiking in Nepal. Then to an Island in Thailand for few months I first wanted to go with my kid, but, unfortunately, I am still single, so I shifted my dream to a dog.
I wonder if I can bring Basenji with me, after let say, a year of training with a long line, training him to come back when I call.
What do you think?
A dog off leash traveling, especially to other countries, mountains etc is a recipe for disaster. If something spooked the dog, or it went into hunt mode, how will you get it back? Where are the resources (people, family, rescues) to help put out food, traps, whatever? How long can you extend your stay. Even with a leash, you risk a fall or something, but at least you have more control.
But why not take a relatives child or children? Or find a hiking companion?
Basenji Puppy Pen
Post here tips on raising young Basenji.
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!
I am glad you have and love your dog, but Mar J was a puppymill that shut down with hundreds of "stock" sold off at auction. Please, if you want another dog... go to a responsible breeder or try Pam Hamilton with Camp Basenji for a rescue.
For the rest.. read about the conditions of those poor animals (scroll down to the bottom section) and the attempts to save some of them from being sold to people who would mostly just do the same with:
Basenji Meetups & Events
Basenjis For Sale or Wanted
However, again - you get what you pay for. If someone is looking for a pet basenji, there isn't as much cause to do the testing beyond making surethe mom is ok to have pups. I DO AGREE that 12 is insane to breed a dog and have her deliver pups. This woman is obviously treating her dogs as farm animals, and that is not good. Still odd to me that my one dog (rescued from the first owner) is my longest lived B to date, and has NEVER had a health issue.
Pet or show, there is every reason to do testing. "making sure the mom is ok to have pups" includes massive genetic testing. Just being "okay to breed" doesn't mean she's okay to actually produce puppies. Pet or show, you want puppies to be healthy. Testing for heart, Fanconi and other genetic disorders is a minimal.
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Thanks for posting. I never give rawhide, but for those who do.. keep checking as they update more brands. :(