I have noticed that Basenjis do indeed drink less than other Dogs. I wonder whether it's an evolutinory (sp) trait due to evolving in hot countries with less water.
I have noticed that Kwame drinks far more water than Malaika, this of course encourages her to drink as she feels she's missing out.
I like to encourage them to drink and a great tip was shared by Helena (patty) and that is to offer the cooking juice from vegetables, my two love it.
Not a frequent water drinker, and this was noted by her previous owner too. They soaked her kibble in water to increase her water intake, but I'm not doing that because I want to keep dental problems at bay.
I see her going for her water bowl about 2-3x a day at most. It's not usual, for sure. Then again, she also sleeps a lot. =) I worry about her water intake enough that I'll make batches of broth as a "snack" every now and then, or I'll give her extra liquid from the yogurt tub, etc. But generally, I just have to believe that she'll drink when she's thirsty, and has the biological capacity to self-regulate somehow.
I don't think she even drinks a cup on most days! So as I say, it's somewhat disconcerting…
She has no qualms about finishing about 2/3 a cup of broth at a time though (I make chicken or pork broth from scratch, with a mix of carrots, celery, parsley, sometimes ginger, NO ONION -- no canned/boxed broth, as they're usually way too high in sodium).
Buddy is not a water drinker unless it's hot on walks or play. I have to put it into his food. I have water bowls that dry up before he'll touch it. My last 2 were pretty good water drinkers and my first drank normally as well. I don't feed him dry food at all only canned wet and frozen raw so there is moisture in the food as well.
Mine aren't big water drinkers either. I'm glad to be reading that this seems to be characteristic of basenjis on the whole. I always water down their kibble, as one way of ensuring they have at least something twice a day. If they're running in the yard in the summer then they'll want to drink, especially crazy-man Indy. :) But when the weather's not warm, they'll seldom have a drink after a walk. They do, however, usually have a good drink at bedtime after their snacks.
We were always told that Basenjis drink very little water but just lately i've discovered that several people I speak to have Basenjis that drink quite a lot. I would say this is unusual and must occur in certan lines.
I have never had a Basenji that drank as much as other breeds. If any of mine seem to want to drink from their water bowl several times a day I immediately check for infection. I have to give mine plenty of liquid after their feed as they drink nothing else through the day no matter how much exertion they've done or how hot the weather is.
I've mostly lived with several Basenjis at a time and between them have drank less than any one of other breeds I've had.
I was told that they have a similar kidney function to cats that are able reabsorb a certain amount of liquid from their waste. This is part of the uniqueness of the Basenji, in my opinion.
Speaking of this, I'm also wondering whether there are Basenjis out there who have a 'normal' body temperature and not 1 degree lower than the average?
Our basenjis drink less water than other breeds, they tend to drink a great deal at once and then not again for quite awhile. I also know they are picky like cats, their water can't sit for a long time or they won't drink it.
I have water buckets for our kids when I'm at work and I never fill them all the way up, about half full twice a day. They seem to drink better if the water is fresh. Same with water bowls in the house, we refresh the water and rinse the bowls a few times a day.
We recommend putting water in food if pups aren't drinking enough, to me not enough is less than 1 full cup a day. I have seen pups that had lab results with abnormal kidney values and once it is pointed out puppy may not be drinking enough owners monitor water intake (usually add water to food, if they aren't already) and next test shows normal kidney values several vets have agreed they seem to show lab work of beginning dehydration without symptoms. I think of them as my little camels, my older basenji boys can also hold urine to mark large areas so when they pee all at once it can mean standing still for what seems an eternity.
Kipawa's dad is known as a pup for stopping mid gait at a dog show to pee. He was in the front of the line for winners dog and he kept the other dogs standing in the sun for so long the judge had them all pass me and awards winners dog to another dog while my boy Sober was still peeing. I can only imagine how red my face was and it wasn't sun burn, he got huge applause from the ringside crowd.
I also know they are picky like cats, their water can't sit for a long time or they won't drink it.
I have water buckets for our kids when I'm at work and I never fill them all the way up, about half full twice a day. They seem to drink better if the water is fresh.
Therese, so interesting! I am a big believer in fresh water. I put about a cupful at a time in Kipawa's drinking bowl. I do this about 4 - 5 times a day, so now that I am thinking about it, Kipawa is drinking about 4 - 5 cups a day.
How funny about Sober! That must have been more than a little embarrassing. Can't wait until the EBC show this summer in Auburn to catch up with all of you guys. Only thing different this year is we will have to get a place to stay in that takes dogs. I'll book well in advance because I am sure there will be lots of competition for dog friendly hotel rooms.
I know of a Basenji bitch who died because she was fed on a complete feed and wasn't given water with it. The feed instructions were that fresh water should always be available (as I believe most complete foods do) but the little bitch never drank from her bowl and became completely dehydrated. Ever since this happened I have warned any of my potential owners that if they give such foods they feed it in water. As I've previously posted, mine are given about 1/3 pt liquid made up of fresh water, vegetable water and a little milk to colour directly after their meal.