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I just came upon this forum and figured I'd take a crack at trying to identify the breed of my rescue.
Her name is Connie. I adopted her 4 yrs ago from an organization that saves dogs from Dead Dog Beach in
Puerto Rico. She lives with me in my condo in Long Island. Connie is 31lbs and in good health.
We walk 3-4 miles a day in the complex and many times I'm stopped and asked what breed is she.
My Vet said he sees a lot of terrier in her.
Does anyone see any Basenji?
@graciedoggie I see a lot of Basenji characteristics, but I can't figure out the Cattle Dog part. I suppose that's why I asked. I just can't "see" any influence from a Cattle Dog. We've seen a few dogs that look like Basenji's and DNA results tell a different story.
A Basenji's forehead wrinkles will come and go based on expression and they way they hold their head at the time. Her face doesn't seem out of proportion (based on your photos). The barking is the real bell-ringer for me, that might be the most "un-Basenji" trait you listed. When I take "doodle" for a walk, there are certain neighborhood dogs that will bark at her (or me?) as we pass. Doodle will look at them and tilt her head a little bit, as if to say, "What's your problem?", before we continue on.
If you are referring to that kind of barking, then I would guess (whatever her mix is) that would have been passed down from a non-Basenji parent. If her barks are just random one syllable "woof's", then she might not be as much of a mix as you are assuming. ( shrug ) The only way to really know is through a DNA test, but it's only important if you think it is.
The important thing is the love and attention you lavish on her. I'm glad you've built a good family with her in it. Congrats.
Basenji Health Issues & Questions
@zande We tried Denamarin and milk thistle supplements, which helped her liver so it looked good on the ultrasound. The problem was that neither brought her enzymes down.
Ursodiol did bring them down during her last year but the vet said that having high enzymes / liver values is basically like having toxins in the blood that degraded her brain. Over time they can cause the brain problems.
Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).
Hello I am new here,
my name is Fahri, I live in Bulgaria, and I am looking for a young Basenji to adoption/ foster - i dont need no show dog, not for breeding, just a pet for a friend no mater girl or boy.
May be from abroad, I will bear the transportation costs.
Basenji Puppy Pen
Post here tips on raising young Basenji.
Many, many years ago, I sold puppies to families. I always met them ahead of time, before the pups were born were born, and had a little 'class' in which we went over the beginnings of what to do, and not do, with the puppy.`
I remember one family came again, after the pups were born, but not old enough to leave Mom. They had a little boy (just him, no siblings) who did not come the first time (it was for them to approve me, and me to approve them). He was about 6, very smart and well behaved, and went out to the dog room. That was the year I had some oops litters, all born within a week of each other, and he was so excited to just get buried with puppies! I think they were about 6 wks old. I took photos of the whole experience that day, and made a special PRIVATE page of "Ethan's day with the Puppies"
We went over my 'getting a basenji puppy' class and he was so attentive. I never got a call from them about any problems - I'm not surprised, he wanted that puppy so much.
@tanza I did the Dna test when she developed the symptoms at five year old I can’t recall the name Of the company, but I can look at the paperwork if you wish me to ?? I was notified that she was born with the Fanconi..
They have to be born with it, it isn't something they catch or develop if they aren't genetically affected. That said, onset may be quite late in some dogs, quite early in others. Now that there is a test there is no excuse for a breeder selling an affected pup. If a breeding did occur that could produce affected, I would expect the breeder to have all pups tested to determine their status, and either keep or put down the affected ones....certainly never sell one without full disclosure.
Basenjis For Sale or Wanted
Walking is weather dependent. When I lived in North Bay there were days that a walk was simply not possible, due to cold or storms. I had Lady for seven years before I got Tamu for company, and she did fine on her own. She got lots of attention from me, walks when we could, and I taught her a lot of behaviours. She enjoyed the run of the house and seldom got into any trouble beyond ripping up tissues if she could find them. Of course, she had her moments, like when she raced into the living room where we were entertaining guests, and deposited a used tampon for everyone to admire!