Does your Basenji canter "true"?

I've noticed something interesting about Perry. Much of the time, he canters like a horse…...a "true" canter, i.e. on the right lead the sequence begins with left hind, then right hind & left fore, then right fore, followed by period of suspension. Most dogs.....and I believe all of my previous Basenjis.....tend to canter (or lope) "disunited", i.e. in the above example the dog would begin with the left hind, then right hind, then right fore and finish on the left fore. I'm curious about dogs generally and Basenjis in particular how common it is for them to canter like a horse instead of adopting the usual rhythm for dogs.....

My Basenjis have always had a "three" beat canter, however they are usually either troting or galloping, they really do not canter that often. I think for dogs the trot is the most efficient gait used. The "three" beat canter is only used as a short go between trot/gallop or gallop/trot

When Perry decides to gallop/run, I believe he reverts to a disunited gait, but I would have to slo mo the video to be sure! 🙂 He canters happily along in the field when he wants to move along but isn't in a great rush. Trotting is more of a long distance gait, IMO, because they can stay in it without effort for miles. When I bike my dogs they generally trot, unless I ask for more speed, or something passes us and the "sighthound reflex" kicks in!

Cricket canters true on left and right lead. Her flying lead changes are stunning! I wish I could get those out of Ryley!

@Knipper:

Cricket canters true on left and right lead. Her flying lead changes are stunning! I wish I could get those out of Ryley!

Perry does nice flying changes too, and occasionally does a simple change through trot. He is certainly smoother and more consistent than most of my horses, who will throw in a disunited stride or two on occasion! 🙂

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