Is my dog a Basenji?
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    I got him a month or so ago. A guy on craigs list was giving him away. Couldn't have a dog. Said he had found him. He looks like all the pics I've seen of Basenjis.
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    looks like he could be a basenji mix! does he have any basenji personality traits?

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    @tlish:

    looks like he could be a basenji mix! does he have any basenji personality traits?

    well I just now learned about the breed. Someone at Petco said he looked like a basenji. What are some traits?

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    well, they can't bark, for one. they sort of yodel and make other funny sounds, but no barking. they use their front paws a lot like hands. many like to sleep under the covers. they're super fast and love to run laps around the house. they usually don't like rain/wet areas. some tend to sit with their hind legs sprawled. hmmmm… so many more. you'll see a lot threads on this forum where people find out that something odd their dog does, many many other basenjis do as well.

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    @tlish:

    well, they can't bark, for one. they sort of yodel and make other funny sounds, but no barking. they use their front paws a lot like hands. many like to sleep under the covers. they're super fast and love to run laps around the house. they usually don't like rain/wet areas. some tend to sit with their hind legs sprawled. hmmmm… so many more. you'll see a lot threads on this forum where people find out that something odd their dog does, many many other basenjis do as well.

    he rarely ever barks. He kinda did at petco today when he sawa nother dog though, but it sounded funny.

    He uses his paws like hands, sleeps under the covers with me. He hates water….I dont' let him off leash. Did once and he took off around the block

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  • What ever he, he's cute! They have a lot of cat like traits also, will clean each other. It's a long list of what the different ones will and can do. MIne didn't like dew on the grass but would jump into the pond after frogs.
    Dave

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    @DaMac:

    What ever he, he's cute! They have a lot of cat like traits also, will clean each other. It's a long list of what the different ones will and can do. MIne didn't like dew on the grass but would jump into the pond after frogs.
    Dave

    I tried to give mine a bath when I first got him. He had been outside on a ranch most the time with his old owner so he was filthy. He HATED the bath

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  • Corgi mix, I would say… could be with a Basenji. Honestly, most dogs don't like baths

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    @tanza:

    Corgi mix, I would say… could be with a Basenji. Honestly, most dogs don't like baths

    his nose looks Corgi, I just looked it up. Rest of him looks basenji

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  • First Basenji's

    Looking immediately at his face, I would say Corgi mix, but then the third picture where he's chewing on the rawhide, his legs look quite long and skinny. Wonder what happens when you combine a long-legged dog with a short-legged dog?? Is one dominant over the other?? (Sorry, I know nothing about canine genetics.)

    There's also that "scoop" to his waist, which seems rather narrow. I could see him being a basenji-corgi mix.

    And this…

    I dont' let him off leash. Did once and he took off around the block

    … sounds pretty basenji-like. =)

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    @curlytails:

    Looking immediately at his face, I would say Corgi mix, but then the third picture where he's chewing on the rawhide, his legs look quite long and skinny. Wonder what happens when you combine a long-legged dog with a short-legged dog?? Is one dominant over the other?? (Sorry, I know nothing about canine genetics.)

    There's also that "scoop" to his waist, which seems rather narrow. I could see him being a basenji-corgi mix.

    And this…

    ... sounds pretty basenji-like. =)

    yeah, he's rather tall. I'd say around 12 inches or so at least. The corgi's I saw were pretty short in their pics and chubby. He's pretty thin

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    mixes are always a mystery…. both of his parents could have been mixes themselves, and their parents mixes as well. it's always good to make a guess at what breed seems dominant, though, at least so when people ask you what kind of dog you have, you can give them an answer. it might also give you a sense of what to expect in the future, and what to keep an eye out for, health-wise. i think you'll find a lot of good info on this forum - it sure sounds like he's got some basenji in there somewhere!

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  • He looks like a chihuahua to me :) He is cute!

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  • Whatever he is, he is adorable, and I am sure he will make a wonderful companion.

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  • @Quercus:

    He looks like a chihuahua to me :) He is cute!

    I was thinking Chihuahua , too. I Googled Chihuahua and this site has a wide range of Chihuahuas of varying quality. Scroll down to the third picture. Similar in many ways.

    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chihuahuaphotos5.htm

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  • LOL Robyn, I see more chihuahua too.

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    @DebraDownSouth:

    LOL Robyn, I see more chihuahua too.

    he's rather big for a chiuauha though

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  • My first thought was chiuauaha, he has a bit of a domed forhead, i can also see Basenji and he sounds like he has some traits. A Basenji has two pads joined at the bottom on each foot.
    Great that you have rescued him and i look foward to hearing all about him.

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  • @roadrunner570:

    he's rather big for a chiuauha though

    If you see Chis that are actually from Mexico, they are a lot bigger than what you see here in the US. They vary A LOT!

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    Does he have a doggie smell?

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    Hard to tell - but whatever I'm sure you love him. My first thought was Corgi because of the ears. See what develops- how old is he? Welcome to the forum.

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