• We lost our sweet 15-year-old rat terrier this week and our hearts are broken, of course. He was such a perfect friend. We got him when he was 9 1/2 months old from a backyard breeder who claimed he was full rat terrier. I met his dad, and he was a small guy, definitely a rat terrier. I didn't meet his mom, but saw a photo and she looked much bigger and much more like a basenji. He loved to snuggle under blankets, was a little grumpy on waking, somewhat aloof, but very affectionate, groomed himself like a cat each night. We eventually want another dog, and would love another whatever he was. Do the experts here think he could have some basenji in him, or is he most likely full rat terrier? I'll post a few pictures.

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  • Looks like a lot of basenji to me. BRAT (Basenji Rescue and Transport) is an excellent place to find one that needs rehoming. You could also contact the Basenji Club of America to find a breeder near you. Be aware that the new one won't be the same personality as the one you lost (how many times I've heard "well our old one was so ... why isn't this one the same"). Also read up on both breeds (rat terrier and basenji) to see if their characteristics really match what kind of companion you want.


  • Looks very basenji to me! I am sorry for your loss. 😞
    You might contact CampBasenji or Brat for a rescue when you are ready.


  • Thank you, Debra. He was such a wonderful guy and I'm so grateful I had so much time with him.


  • Your baby looks exactly like my "Harry" who I had to put down this past Monday. He had all characteristics of a Basenji, tho I am pretty sure he was a rat terrier/basenji mix. (I wrote about him a few years back on this link:
    https://basenjiforums.com/topic/15001/more-tales-about-harry-the-autistic-basenji-mix
    We had him from about 8 weeks old until may 15th at 7:30 am.
    What a crazy guy. Handsome as all get out. (I always told him that if there was such a magazine as "Handsome Dog magazine", he would be on every cover. I think the reason I am so heartbroken is that he was so hard to bond with and my wife and I took care of him almost like one takes care of an autistic child.
    Well, I know this is 4 years late...but I am sorry for your loss and hope you found another like your beloved baby.
    This is a pic of Harry after he lost over 20 lbs because of kidney disease.
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