Drew, animal planet dogs 101 is truly wrong so often I won't even watch them any longer.
AKC entertainment... ditto. Just yesterday they posted a video showing a woman coming home after being gone 7 months. No credit to owner, nada. I went looking. The real story was the woman got the dog at Mexican border, moved with it to Scotland, but then left the dog behind and moved back to the states. In the video, she did go for a visit, but with the dog's new owners. Anyway, those aren't reliable.
Caninest is a junk site, unprofessional writers without much expertise.
For example, um no...basenji are DESCENDANTS of ancient wolves: “One possibility is there may have been other wolf lineages that these dogs diverged from that then went extinct,” he says. “So now when you ask which wolves are dogs most closely related to, it’s none of these three because these are wolves that diverged in the recent past. It’s something more ancient that isn’t well represented by today’s wolves.”,
Caninest: >>Evidence of their domestication dates back long before the pyramids were built and they are thought to be the direct ancestor of the northern African prehistoric dog.<<
More silliness saying they are the ancestors of ancient breeds >>Because they are the natural ancestors of wild dogs they possess a reserved air that many domestic breeds don’t.<< Dear spirits, many dog breeds possess a reserved air.
Sigh >>A desert dog, their coat is very fine with no undercoat and they rarely shed. On the flip side, they can’t tolerate cold weather & need to live in a warm environment.<<
Yes, they do grow an undercoat in cold climates, and sorry, they can tolerate cold weather and do not have to live in a warm environment.
As for lions.. the African Project had the story of them being used to flush lions into human trap. I have found 3 pics online showing basenjis chasing a lion... and every forum they were in said photoshopped and explained how they could tell.
Perhaps Dr Jo or someone who has lived in africa around them could weigh in, but other than the one story on the african project, I have never read anyone personally claiming they were used for lion hunting.