Hi all, new member here and very new to the breed. Long story but please help.
I have been looking into Basenji's wondering if they are right for my family. I dont think they are right now but I would like to know before I get my heart set on one and get dissappointed.
I have Belgian Malinois that I have had for right at 2 years. When I first got her I was single and it was just her and I. I love her to death. But now I am married with two step children (2, 15). Been with my wife for over a year and half. But here lately she has gotten very jealous, which is my fault because I havent spent much time with her, and been spending it with my wife and son. Well the other day Cinnamon nipped my son on the side of they face…not bad but something I can not risk happening again. So I have been looking to get her into another home. I could put her in a kennel out back but after being an inside dog for so long and being able run all over I believe she will develope kennel aggression.
I hate to get rid of her I have been around her since she was just a few days old. I got her from one of our narcotic officers and was able to go to his house and play with her when ever.
My wife has never been to excited about having her in the house because of her size (65lbs) and she tends to shed a decent amount. And my wife is kinda a neat freak and has small pet allergies. But she understood she comes with me like the kids with her (I love the kids and plan on adopting my Brayden, his biological father decided it was too hard when she was on bed rest and ran off then when he was born had some health problems and has a feeding tube in his stomach, hoping to get out soon ) but she always said if she ever nips or bites either of the children she has to go and I agree I love her but it is unacceptable because I can no longer trust her for home protection when my wife or I am not here. I cant have her around my son or nephew (1.5 y/o).
So I know now probably wont be getting a Basenji but I am hoping to get one in a few years when my son is bigger, I am not a fan of small dogs (yes i consider basenji very small because i normally think bigger dog better Love great danes!) But i looked on a website of small dogs and found the basenji and immediately fell in love with the look. They kinda look like a minature Malinois especially in the face. And the fact that they dont shed much and have no smell the wife will be more ok with having one.
But I need to know if you guys think they will be a good fit. We live in the mountains of NC and have a decent yard to play in.
Thank you for your help and reading the long winded post.