ISO Basenji Near Iowa!
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    Our family is looking to add a Basenji. We have an 8 year old Basenji mix whom we adopted as a puppy from a local rescue. Best dog I have ever owned. Two months ago we lost our 12 year old Lab to cancer. Our girl seems so sad without her companion. I have searched high and low for another Basenji and have not had much luck. My search led me here. We are located in north east Iowa and are willing to travel for the right dog. If anyone has any information, please let me know. We want another female- that is not negotiable, and preferably young. Other factors- like whether she is purebred or a mixture makes no difference to us. Thanks so much!

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  • First, just be aware that because your basenji got along with another dog doesn't mean she'll accept a new companion, much less a female. That said, I understand the sentiment.

    Have you checked with BRAT (Basenji Rescue & Transportation) or even Florida's rescue, CampBasenji?

    http://www.campbasenji.org/

    They only list 2... however she has several more that will be ready soon. Pam let's no dog go until she has had them for a while in foster, has a very good idea about any behavior issues and works on them, and their health needs addressed: http://www.campbasenji.org/available-for-adoption/

    Brat also only has 2 listed, but I am sure there are more:
    https://www.basenjirescue.org/dogs/default.asp
    https://basenjirescue.org/dogs-mixes/default.asp

    While it makes finding a rescue harder, I am glad we are not as overflowing with byb/puppymill breeders like before. But there are rescues out there. Good luck

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    Thanks for the information. I will check out those sites. Ironically, we will be traveling to Florida the second week in June for vacation and will have our girl with us. Our dog is very well socialized and has always been around other dogs- bigger, smaller, dominant and submissive. She is great with everyone. The only thing she ever has shown aggressive interest in was a bunny :) I have learned a lot about the breed both experience and research since adopting 8 years ago. I understand your words of caution, as this breed is not one for just anyone. Again, thank you so very much!
    Kirsten

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  • Also you might try www.basenji.org and go to the link to find a breeder. You can search by state. Sometimes a breeder is looking to place a retired show dog that they will not be using in their breeding program

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  • @Bakerfamalee said in ISO Basenji Near Iowa!:

    Thanks for the information. I will check out those sites. Ironically, we will be traveling to Florida the second week in June for vacation and will have our girl with us.

    Kirsten that would be a fantastic time to visit her, see the dogs, see how your dog does with them. We sent our basenji and Samoyed to her for some help in getting them to get along. Pam is pretty magical. Okay, Pam is REALLY magical.

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    @Bakerfamalee Beware of people on here who say... "I have a friend who is a breeder." They might leave you their phone # or an email. If they have a friend who really IS a good breeder but perhaps they don't have papers for their litters, don't fall into their "fishing" trap.....ask that person to post the website or phone # as well as their name on here PUBLICLY!

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    Are you still looking? Would you be interested in Molly from Ontario?

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