It’s great that you’re doing your homework on the basenji. I think the reason you read all these “horror stories” is because they are not your typical dog. They are a beautiful and highly intelligent breed with a very strong prey drive. My Kembe is my first basenji but I was familiar with the breed because my brothers were basenji owners. I got her when she was 1years old - she was returned to the breeder by the previous owners. Kembe has never been destructive, she has free reign of our house, and I can leave her at home alone. It’s extremely important to exercise them regularly - especially exercise and stimulate their minds, and establish a routine (I can set my watch to my dog). They are definitely trainable - it scares me to see how smart she is and also well behaved. Basenjis are extremely lovable and hilariously funny. If I have a treat that my dog especially likes - she will do her whole “repertoire of tricks” without me even asking her. She dances to let me know it’s time to eat and will sit right next to me and hit me with her paw when she wants to go for her walk.
I think our basenji chose us - when we went to the breeders home to look at her - She jumped up next to my husband on the couch and curled up! I was sold on her! I really hope you find a basenji that right for you!
MN Basenji Meetup
My name is Megan, and my husband and I are thinking about getting a Basenji. We’ve done a lot of research on the breed and really love their characteristics. However, we have never met one in person.
I’m wondering if anyone in the Twin Cities metro or surrounding area with a Basenji is open to meeting up with us. Whether it’s coffee, meeting up at a dog park, coming to you, whatever! We’d just love to meet a Basenji in person as well as talk with current owners about their experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It would be really helpful and probably a smart idea before we commit to our own.
We would also travel to the Duluth area. We are actually going to be there this coming weekend if that works for anyone as well.
I really appreciate anyone’s help. Even if you’re further away, we’ll make it work! Or if you know anyone in the MN area, please pass this along.
Thank you in advanced!
You might want to go to www.basenji.org and search for breeders in your area. If they are not close enough to visit, they may be able to connect you with people who they have placed puppies with.