My wife and I decided we were going to finally go ahead and purchase a Basenji. We have researched the breed and had interest for quite a few years but we were not ready for another dog, especially a Basenji and all the warnings surrounding the breed. Since we were unable to find them locally, we went looking elsewhere and found a reputable AKC registered breeder from Georgia. Although my Basenji was born in Georgia, he is a natural Nebraska Cornhuskers fan! We also have a 5 year old Toy American Eskimo who is 12 pounds.
Since we had to purchase our pup from out of state and he would not get to us for a week after we made the purchase, the excitement was unbearable. So my wife asks me if we can go to a local pet shop that always has many different breeds of puppies just to play with them. I call it a good mistake.... because we ended up leaving with a gorgeous Shiba Inu/Mini Poodle mix. We went from a 1 dog household to 3 in a matter of 2 days. Yikes, right? Anyways, the pups absolutely love each others company and our Eskimo is coming around to both of them. He seems to be more fond of the Shibapoo at this point but is getting much better with the Basenji. We think it may be because the Basenji might eventually trump the other two in the pack hierarchy dogs tend to form.
We have had our new baby Basenji for about 4 weeks now. He was potty trained in about 5 days and has only had 3 crate accidents (pee), I suspect it is just because he is a pup and his bladder is still developing. He was only born on 11/6/2015 so hes still a babe. He also knows how to very enthusiastically do his basic tricks...Sit, shake, lay down, and roll over. Love the breed so far and can not wait to set up Lure Course Machine in the back yard.
here is a few pictures over those last 4 weeks that I feel the need to share, hence the reason I am here. Meet Rusty!
I work from home so I get to spend alot of time with these guys. Rusty will sit on my lap for hours while I work. He does not move until he wants something to eat or the other dogs start playing and he wants to join. Learning about the ornery side to our Basenji. Little guy took me off guard when I left the room for 3 minutes, came back and he was about over the chair. First week we brought him home he decided to explore under, inside, and all up in the chair. Look at his expression, not sure what he got himself into. Lol.