• Last night I was jolted out of my sleep to Max howling his head off! His bed in by my side of the bed and he was 1/2 sitting with his eyes open-sound asleep. He howled his heart out for several seconds until he woke up. He looked very embarrassed and lay down as I covered him up.
    DH and I laughed our heads off!

  • I can't say I've encountered full on howling, but whimpering, thrashing legs, kicking, occasional barking, growling, and hackles raised…...all these I have seen in sleeping Basenjis. I'm sure their dreams must sometimes be quite dramatic!

  • My OJ would howl in his sleep, but that was only when the girls were in season

  • Never encountered howling, both of my two will whimper, leg kick, stuff like that. Tucker also likes the chuff in his sleep. I think he is dreaming about the squirrel.

  • We get some soft barooing, thrashing legs and huffing sounds from Kipawa. Very cute, except when one of the thrashing legs gets you in the face. 🙂

  • We had an awkward moment last night… Cricket was sleeping with her head on the pillow between Husband and I. And as best as I can figure what happened: She stretched in her sleep, and I must have been open mouth breathing. Her muzzle must have went into my mouth, as all I felt was prickly whiskers on the roof of my mouth! We both started awake and gave each other an awkward stare, then she rolled over and showed me her rear. I rolled over too. It was strange...

  • Yes, Gbala howls in her sleep - I think she's dreaming of her ancestral home!!?

  • Jet the trying will sometime do night howls. Eeriest mournful howls that would wake the dead. And wake Jet himself although I don't think he really believes he woke himself up!

  • @Knipper

  • Shaye whimpers and mutters in her sleep, but thankfully, no howling. Gemma sort of talks, quiet little grunt noises, no howling. I don't know how you can sleep again, after the howling begins…............

  • lol mine never howl, but they certainly whimper, grunt and run etc. they also do a weird "puffing" / or / "huffing" sound which always interests me (im guessing the same as what Kipawa does?)

    . i do wonder what they dream about. my OH believes they dream of their ancestors 🙂 id like to think that too… and that they are chasing something fun 🙂 lol

  • First Basenji's

    Cody howled in his sleep once last year. It was loud and mournful, lasting for about a minute. I had just fallen asleep, so it scared me. It took quite a bit to wake him up, but he just looked at me like I was evil for waking him up, grumbled and sighed at me, and then burrowed back under the covers.

  • I was interested to see this post. I have currently 2 B. gals, Tootsie and Peanut. Tootsie by day is a yodeling lunatic, but sleeps like a rock. Peanut, on the other hand is mostly silent, except for an occasional growl when needed, and has been that way for the 4 years we've had her. About 3 or 4 times in the past year, though, we will wake up to the most mournful, creepy howl I've ever heard.. Pea 'sleep howling' I guess you'd call it! It truly sounds a bit "other worldly" and it always makes me hope she isn't having a really bad doggie dream!

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