I have never owned a basenji of my own, but I grew up with 3 different basenjis (so I guess I semi-owned them?), the last of which was just put down recently. A little back story, my parents owned 2 basenjis before I was born, so they have always been around. After those 2 were put down, we got another one when I was 11 or so. We were so excited! She ended up being one heck of a stinker, but she certainly had a huge personality. All those things set aside, my curiosity peaked just the other day when my husband and I were arguing over what kind of dog our neighbors had over. I insisted it was a shiba inu, he insisted it was a basenji. So we went over and asked, we were both wrong… it was a mix between the two! I started searching and ended up here, writing an introduction even though I no longer have a basenji. I look forward to basenji stories on here, as I have a few of my own (who wouldn't!?)
It must of been nice growing up with them, I,m wondering if you as a child ever used them as a scapegoat to anything you may have done, as they are always getting into something they would be handy to have around as a kid. Were you thinking of getting one yourself or does your experience with them put you off owning your own? I would say you would have enough experience as a child to be able to get the best out of one. You and your husband were both right it was a Shiba and it was a Basenji, wonder what it actually looked like as a mix, interesting. Looking forward to your stories as my boy is only 1 we have yet to write an interesting one(am I asking for trouble or what!).
Jolanda and Kaiser