Basenji or horse?

Max sometimes shows more characteristics of a horse than a dog. Max trots around the house instead of walking. He even makes horsey snorts. When he wants a treat he pulls up his front legs just like a horse would and teasingly paws at the ground when traumatizing the cat. I have never had a dog with so much personality.,:)

LOL that sounds like typical Basenji behavior! Both of mine do it!

I have met several other dog owners that would call this behavior "boxing" which is so much fun to watch during play.

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Mine does the paw tricks to when we are air boxing. I throw little slap boxing moves at him and he returns the gesture. Also if I put my hand on top of his paw he trys to put his paw on top of my hand until one of us gives up. Does anyone elses basenji run off the wall. When I get him all reved up and he starts running around when he reaches the block wall he runs off of it like a skater on a ramp. It is cool to see and don't know if anyone else has seen this move?

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LOL! 😃 Yes! Well not a block wall, but the back of the sofa or chair. It's hilarious! Duke runs full speed in the house doing the B500 - he zooms thru the family room and he's gotta turn, so he leaps over the sofa, springs off the back cushions and back on the floor he zooms. He'll do maybe 3 reps around the house before runs out of gas.

Max gets revved up and does that too. He will run through the living room, careening off the couch, darting up the stairs. :eek:

Having both a B and a horse, I can say that the B does have some distinct horse characteristics: snorting, the ear shake if you blow on their head, and the pawing action.

Don't try to combine the two though. My B seems to think the horse is entirely too large… but oh does he love her horse cookies!

I dont get the B500 at home but he does it at the dog park! He gets all the big dogs chasing him. When he runs out of steam and has all the dogs crowding him he gives them the B attitude and demands his space. They are so tough and assertive for little guys!
I love the horsey snorts too.

@Phebese:

Max sometimes shows more characteristics of a horse than a dog. Max trots around the house instead of walking. He even makes horsey snorts. When he wants a treat he pulls up his front legs just like a horse would and teasingly paws at the ground when traumatizing the cat. I have never had a dog with so much personality.,:)

One of the things that drew me to Basenjis is how much they remind me of horses… many Basenji breeds are or were into the "horsey" set... me being one of them.... And if you read the standard, it clearly states that their gait (movement) is like that of a horse (TB)

Hollie has the gait of a horse when she runs. When she "stalks" prey she lowers her back like a tiger/lion and moves slowly and stealthly. Hunting squirrels she sometimes hops…. strange little dog!!! :p

We have hardwoods downstairs and sometimes they will purposefully slide into the wall as part of a turn behind the couch because there is no way they would be able to take it at top speed.

Horsey Dog-

My daughter put her American Girl Doll Horse blanket on our dog. I wish I had a picture!

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I like that "horsey dog"… Duke has what looks to me like a trot with his chest puffed out and anxious with some barking, he is aware of neighbor dog presence when all are outside. It's a really beautiful proud prance.

I think Basenjis act allot like cats! Grooming themselves all the time, sleeping in tight circles and in odd places, and allot of his play time behavior resembles that if a cat!1

@LeeL:

We have hardwoods downstairs and sometimes they will purposefully slide into the wall as part of a turn behind the couch because there is no way they would be able to take it at top speed.

Oh boy does Jack EVER do the "B500" It is SOOO funny, he TEARS thru the house like someone is going to kill him if hes caught, lol. screaming up and down the stairs and around corners onto the couch and slamming into walls (wood floors downstairs) Its seems so random too. Like he just has SO much energy and SUDDENLY needs to blow it off, then he'll just stop and lay down and go sleep. LOL its the most entertaining thing he does!! its hilarious 😃

anyone else have a dog who does "yoga"? Rocke will do "downward dog" and "plank" right after waking up.

I am not familiar w/yoga moves, but I'd guess that downward dog in that stretch they do; but I'm inclined to think that "yoga" is doing "doggie moves" just based on the names…..

But yes, both my do the downward dog -- I think -- but I'm not sure what "plank" is.

My Cleo does the yoga moves everytime she wakes up too. We also frequently have the B500 at our house; and she loves to bounce off the back of the furniture while running. One time she tried this on the rocker/recliner chair and actually knocked it over! 😃

Does anyone's B have an obsession with hiding things like mine does? Anytime I gave her a treat she walks around the house looking for a place to "bury" it. She tries to "dig" in my furniture or basket of clean laundry, and then she uses her nose like she is pushing something over it to "bury" it!! Yesterday I gave her a busybone and she could not find a good place for it so she just followed me around the house, carrying it in her mouth and whining!:p

These dogs do some of the strangest things, but they sure are entertaining & they keep life interesting!

@SarahRN:

Does anyone's B have an obsession with hiding things like mine does? Anytime I gave her a treat she walks around the house looking for a place to "bury" it. She tries to "dig" in my furniture or basket of clean laundry, and then she uses her nose like she is pushing something over it to "bury" it!! Yesterday I gave her a busybone and she could not find a good place for it so she just followed me around the house, carrying it in her mouth and whining!:p

These dogs do some of the strangest things, but they sure are entertaining & they keep life interesting!

SOO FUNNY!! I JUST POSTED ABOUT THIS TODAY in another thread seriousle like a few hours ago, youll have to read it!!! its in the "My dog is so dumb - My dog is so smart thread (in blue)…

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