Let me ask. Why do you want a Basenji? Do you have allergies to dogs? Basenjis are not hypoallergenic. You should read the forum subjects to learn about the breed's traits, behaviors, heath issues, etc. A breeder or rescue organization isn't going to just let you take one home. You'll need to make visits, have interviews and fill out papers. A reputable breeder and Basenji Rescue will require you to return the Basenji if you cannot keep it. They will also provide help with issues as well. So yes, a good start would be to meet someone in your area that has one and you can talk to them and see the dog.