He's a nice looking dog but still can't see any Basenji there. As already said, if it's important to you get a DNA test done but when all is said and done and whatever the result he'll still be your dog and you'll love him just the same.
Hey okay so this is wild but I figured I wanted to reach out! So I rescued my pup and his siblings from Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria and we have always wondered his breed. We know his mom is a chihuahua mix but it wasn’t until today that I realized he might be mixed with Basenji. I came across your post because we were trying to see if Basenji’s were even in PR. Do you know what city your little guy was picked up in?
Seeing this photo of your Basenji brings a smile to my face. I’ve been overwhelmed with all of the news of the Corona virus that viewing this forum enables me to have some happiness. I enjoy everyone’s photos and stories of their basenjis. Keep them coming........... 🐾🐕❤️
This is oft repeated and accepted wisdom, but I don't entirely agree with it. From personal experience I would say that dogs do indeed understand, provided that they knew what they did transgressed established rules, and even in some cases learned what was unacceptable even when not "caught in the act". Two of my non-Basenjis were farm dogs that did not come in the house, but did reside in the barn at night when my horses were there due to cold or inclement weather. I explained in no uncertain terms that I was not amused to find dog poop in the aisle when I arrived in the morning. After a few profanity laced outbursts from me, both dogs figured out what I was upset about, and thereafter "held it" until let out in the morning. One of these dogs went on to become a house dog for my sister, and he arrived already house broken although he had never resided in a house up to that point.
As to whether dogs understand that they have done something wrong, once they know the rules they absolutely do. I have lots of evidence for this, but if you have ever arrived home and witnessed a "guilty dog" expression before you discover what has transpired (not after, because they could read your body language), you know that they know you will not be pleased. I hasten to add, this does not happen with many Basenjis. The little darlings are great at dissembling. At one visit to my breeder's house, one of five adult Basenjis had peed on the floor. All five surrounded the puddle, each with a look of total innocence, as if to say "Who did that?"
What a beautiful dog. There are free apps that use photos of dogs to analyze dog breeds. It’s not the same of course as doing a DNA test. I really like Dog Scanner and Gozer. Your dog may be part Norrbottenspet. Like my rescue dog, it’s definitely a wonderful mix.