That one is very easy to answer. He pleases himself! His personality traits are to a tee what I've read about Basenji's. He is extremely smart. He's very driven by treats and I can teach him a new trick very quickly. He's very attentive and happy to work for treats but if it's something he doesn't really want to do, like roll over, he will do it but argues the whole way through it with those funny Basenji sounds. Sometimes it reminds me of Chewbacca's noises. Makes me laugh every time!!! He has very cat-like qualities like I read about. He will walk on the back of couches and places that most dogs wouldn't think of but you would find a cat doing any day of the week. He is obsessed with what's on the counters. He knows not to jump on them but I think he can't help himself. He is very impulsive and obsessive. He knows he's not allowed to stand on the table but he will do it anyway and look at me while he's doing it just daring me to make him get down. He will immediately get down but sometimes will jump right back up. He was very friendly with everyone as a pup but then all of a sudden one day, like flipping a switch, he became strange with other people and will bark, hackles up at new people every time. Interestingly, he used to hate water like most Basenji's, but now he seems to love it. My son takes Scoober and his roommate's dog to the park to play in creeks and ponds. Scoober always stayed at the periphery of the water while the other dog would swim and frolic in the water. All of the sudden last week he jumped in and swam and did it over and over and over on his own free will. The funniest thing is what he does when I take a shower. If I don't lock him out of the bathroom, he will get in and out of the shower over and over and over. All of a sudden, he doesn't seem to mind at all getting wet. In fact he will look straight up into the water coming down as if he just wants to take it all in. He is so entertaining.
I've added more pics and a few videos. The beach video shows his beautiful sounds.
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Enjoy. I'm like a proud grandma talking about her grandkids. "Here, look at these pictures and videos". Haha. Iwhether he's pure Basenji or not, I know he has it in him and I realize he is something special and I'm really enjoying my time with him. He is very different from any other dog I ever had and definitely is a challenge but I love him.