What draws me to the basenji breed are the characteristics that sound too good to be true…low shedding, minimal grooming, their tendency to cleanliness, size, barkless nature (and I understand they are not mute). I am also intrigued by their intelligence, and the challenge of their independent nature. And the icing on the cake is their majestic beauty. I grew up with sporting breeds: golden retriever/Irish setter, springer spaniels, ****er spaniels, labs, mixed breeds, and my last dog was a German shephard. I also spent some time exploring the bloodhound breed, but I never became an owner (mostly due to life changes...I loved that breed sooo much). Most of those dogs were relatively easy to train (except the bloodhound...their desire to smell outweighed their desire to stay focused on training), yet they were also very eager to please. I could have my German shephard stay in a sit position, I would walk a few hundred feet away, and she would just keep her eye on me 'til I gave her the command to come. She would run straight to me when I gave her the hand signal, and she kept her focus on me the entire time...I have no expectations of this with a basenji, nor would I have a basenji off of a leash in most circumstances.