San Francisco bay basenji owners
Anyone in this area who would like to meet upand go to a dog park.
Is she interested in sleeping with you in bed? All my basenjis have slept with us. Some by our feet some in the middle. I'd also recommend putting a blanket on the crate to insulate it a bit.
Get a “No Pull” harness ASAP! They attach to leash at the chest and give you far more control of your dog than a collar. It was recommended to me by a trainer when my basenji was a puppy and after buying one I never use anything else. My dog is 12 now so he’s calmed down, but when he was younger he had the strength of an ox! And only 23 lbs! The naughtiest and least obedient dog imaginable until he was about 3 or 4. Basenjis will kick your butt!
Hello Basenji lovers who replied to me. My update about Kala.
Since neither the internal med vet, the opthamologist nor general vet could find out what is going on with Kala, she is diagnosed with autoimmune disorder. No real test for it, nor medicine. She has been on cyclosporine, prednisone pills and Durezol drops and her eyes seem to improve. Now we are tapering down the meds but I have added CBD to her meals twice a day and I think that has made the most positive affect. Her vision is improved but not back to normal. I am hopeful.
This is what I found online which is very interesting and I never knew myself. https://www.trendingbreeds.com/basenji-colors/
Cream And White
In place of the chestnut red coloration, cream and white Basenjis, as you might guess, have a light cream to pale yellow color.
In the earliest imported Basenjis, cream and white was a common color pattern but breeders did not care for either the color or the pale nose leather and greenish eyes that came with it and selectively bred to eliminate the color and indeed were nearly successful.
Would love to see a picture.
Hi all, took Kala to internal med and she definitely has vision impairment and chest X-ray was negative. The internist wants me to go back to the eye specialist. Have any of you heard of optical neuropathy due to inflation of the eyes?
Thank you everyone for your responses. Yes I did a whole panel for all kinds of diseases that could be born from tick and other insects and it was all negative or Inconclusive which is concerning. Going to an internal med doc this Saturday hoping to figure this all out and I will keep everyone posted. Thank you for your support and I'm so glad I'm on this forum.
Kala, my almost 5 year old female baby had a tick bite last year and has developed some kind of an autoimmune condition. I took her to the vet when I noticed her eyes become red and painful. She sent me to an eye specialist and she prescribed antibiotic ointments and eye pressure drops and told me to take her to an internist. I took her to another vet and more blood work and testing, he could not find anything in her test results to pin point to a condition. She eats, plays and sleeps and lives normally but the last couple of weeks she has had major eye issues with cloudy cornea and she is sight impairment now. I do have an appointment with an internal med vet but wondering if anyone here knows of any genetic conditions which this may be from or other conditions the vets are not looking for not knowing Basenji breeds.
I am wondering what research you have done to determine a Basenji may be the right companion for you? Basenjis are not like labs or goldens, they are not like any other dog you may have come to meet and enjoy. Even Though the wild has been taken out of most Basenjis unfortunately :(, they are still pretty wild and oftentimes not child friendly (mine have been and I was very lucky). I would spend a day with a Basenji household if at all possible or visit a reputable breeder to better understand this breed. Wish you the best.
Hi KiwiGirl, my first Basenji (a male, congo) was completely wild and untrainable. I don't want to be negative or hopeless here, so please take this as one person's experience. Congo was treat motivated but only when he wanted to do something. Super smart and understood hundreds of words in 3 languages as we are a tri-lingual household but would do things as he pleased. Anyway I tried the clicker and it worked indoors but outdoors he was super distracted and too many stimuli for a sight and scent hound.
My 4 year old girl (Kala) is a bit better and I think the breeders are changing the genetic of the Basenji to be less wild (good and bad). I have had better luck with her but if you are looking for a lab or a shepherd level submission and trainable dog, unfortunately a Basenji may not be your breed. They are amazing dogs but you have to outsmart them and keep them busy. You have to understand what motivates them and that takes time and trust. The human Basenji owner need the training to share a life with a Basenji and not the other way around. Good luck and I am confident you will have a lot of fun.