Hello, my name is Joseph, my girlfriend Amy and I brought home Marco "Poco Taco" Polo home almost a month ago now. He is 14 weeks old, 5.5 kg, and growing.
So far there have been no major problems, when left alone he cries a bit and he once chewed the door frame. He has since not destroyed anything, which I find amazing. Maybe he's getting us complacent, so he may one day find himself alone with access to shoes galore?
We are using positive training and he understands (though inconsistently performs) SIT, STAY, COME HERE, CROSS (to quickly cross the road). He's learning DOWN, though having such a flexible neck means he doesn't have to lay down to follow a treat to the ground… He seeks out his crate to sleep and has done short stretches alone in it. And he'll be starting puppy school in a week. We also have a 6 y.o. large male tabby cat (Howard Bailey), though rocky at times, they are warming to each other and they will now sleep side by side on the couch and just before Howard was eating from Taco's food bowl (in his crate) with Taco patiently waiting for his turn!
We had his final lot of vaccinations today and the vet said that he should be neutered at 6 months to avoid becoming aggressive. The vet said that the Basenji breed is susceptible to attacking due to being particularly shy and easily scared. I am at odds to understand how removing Taco's testicles will make him feel more secure?
What is the consensus, to neuter or not? And if so, at what age? We don't plan on breeding him. I am not fundamentally against the mutilation of neutering, and paying cheaper council rates is positive… But if he will be a happier, healthier dog if left intact, then I'd do what's best for him.
If you made it this far, thank you for reading. Here's a photo of the little man (and one of the cat, or he'd get jealous):