dreaming of a Basenji girl... (ILM)
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  • Hi all! I joined this group 7 years ago having decided that the best breed for me would be the Basenji. I did extensive research before making the decision and here it is... a lot of time since then and I'm back, looking for a little girl to spoil. Some of you may be wondering why it's been 7 years, simple enough - my health took a turn for the worse and I had to put my puppy hunt on hold. Not that I wanted to, but it seemed like a responsible (adult) decision. Life has been relatively stable for the last couple of years and while I've been patiently waiting... I'm suddanly seeing puppies everywhere! Just haven't found any Basenji's in time to be the new owner. Drats!

    Please let me know if anyone knows of a Basenji Girl who might be willing to follow me home for treats, toys, adventures, cuddle time and belly rubs. First preference is a rescue. I'd love a puppy, but no, I do not have a grand to buy one.

    If you could just keep your ears and eyes open and let me know if you come across something. I'm in Wilmington, NC - on the coastline between Myrtle Beach (SC) and the Outer Banks (NC).
    Thank you EVERYONE! :)
    "el"

    Eleanor Brant
    Wilmington, NC
    eleanor.brant@gmail.com

    "whew! Typing with my fingers crosssed is rather tricky!"

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  • @elbrant - Welcome back.... you should try www.basenji.org and you can search for breeders by state. Or you can try www.basenjirescue.org if you are looking for an adult

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  • @tanza
    Thank you for reaching out, Tanza.

    I tried BRAT, however, the dog I applied for was sleeping with the foster children and... yet, I'm puppyless. :(

    I spent the time between applying/emailing/discussing adopting a pup by preparing for it. Getting the bedding set up, buying coats, collars, leashes, toys, etc., the same way a parent would prepare to bring home an adopted child. Realistically, I shouldn't have expected the foster family to give away a dog their child's spent 2 months sleeping/bonding with, however, I did develop a strong sense of empathy for those who want to adopt a (human) child.

    Now I'm scouring the web for potential B's. The AKC.org Marketplace has litters advertised: $900-1800. ouch! I considered adopting a female who's "done breeding"... I don't know what to expect to pay for a dog like that, do you? You breed, right? If you had an adult that you weren't going to use for breeding any more, how much would you price her at? Clearly there would be a "Spay" agreement, or you would have her spayed before the adoption, but... how much would you charge to place her in a good companion/pet home environment?

    Thank you again. I appreciate your time,
    "el"
    Eleanor Brant
    "God will find me the right girl. I just need to be ready to recieve her."

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    Not sure how true this is. But I believe brindle basenjis are typically less money for some reason. I got mine for 500 and have seen other brindles online for the same price. Apparently there harder to train but ours is still hardly trained and not neutered but is a sweetheart and very good dog. They also look more exotic then the typical basenji. People always think my dog is a dingo or a fox gets lots of looks everywhere we go.

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  • @marcorilli - Responsible breeders do not price puppies on color. And they are not priced on sex either. A brindle is no harder to train then any other color. That comes from temperament, not color. Prices can vary across the US, typically higher in the West because cost of living is higher.

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  • @elbrant - Many breeders will place "ex" show dogs that they are not using for breeding. Price can vary a lot depending on the breeder. Personally, if I had an adult to place (but I don't at this time), for me the most important thing is the home, not the price. And yes from responsible breeders puppy prices are typically 900.00 to 1200.00. 1800.00 is really over the top. Lots go into breeding a litter and speaking from experience, I have never made a dime from my puppies. I have been lucky to break even

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    @tanza every brindle basenji I’ve seen including the one I bought was cheaper then all the other colors. Mine was 500 along with all the others I saw online. I was also told by the training company we went to who have been training dogs for 50+ years that brindles are harder to train because their color comes from their dna. I didn’t know that I was told that by a professional.

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  • I don't have much to add to help the search other than to echo Pat's advice. A retired show dog might be a great fit for you! I'd contact a few breeders to see what they have. Also, a lot of breeders are friends and will refer people! I see my basenji breeder friends help each other place dogs all the time. I do not know how much a breeder would charge for a retired dog as I've only purchased show prospect puppies.

    It's a HUGE red flag for a breeder to charge based on color! That is something BYB and millers do. "Rare color! I can make more $$$". They aren't rare, they aren't exotic- they are just different! If someone charges differently based on color, RUN! Also, ALL color comes from DNA.

    I've owned 3 basenjis: 2 reds and a brindle, all 3 male. Each dog is a unique individual. Morgan my brindle has better recall than either of my reds and Elliot my current red knows more tricks and is the most willing to please. I have been told it's harder to finish a brindle than the other colors which I found to be true, many judges will put up the flashy tri or red over the others. BUT.. that doesn't apply here since the OP is looking for a companion. I have heard breeders say that tris have different personalities but I don't intend to own a tri and can't comment.

    last edited by CrazySenji
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  • In case this info is helpful, I got a retired male show dog at 18 months old for $1100 (Virginia area) and the breeder's puppies go for $1300.

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  • @marcorilli - All colors come from their DNA, case in point are Tris. If you breed a Tri to a Tri, you get all Tris. If you breed a Tri to a Red, the Red has to carry the Tri gene and you could get Tris. Tri gene is recessive.

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  • Thank you everyone!
    I will keep you up to date on the hunt. :)
    el

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  • When I first got into the breed, Reds were dominate color in the show ring in California.... Tris were typically sent to the back of the line or totally forgotten about, along with Black/White. Then after a number of years, Tris/B&W/Brindles out numbered the Reds and the other colors were put up and dogs were judged on conformation, not color. However to this day we still have judges that are tagged "Red or Dead"... LOL. To some judges they look totally for wrinkles and the Tris/B&W/Brindles it is hard to see compared to the Reds. If judges judge the conformation and note the ear set they can see wrinkles as the ear placement is to be high on the head and they should be hooded. If you look at the illustrated standard, my Tri girl is featured showing a proper ear/head and you can clearly see her Wrinkles. In order for the most part, easiest to see these are Reds, Brindles, Tri, Black & Whit. Here is a link, see page 9 https://www.basenji.org/BasenjiU/Judge/Study/Illustrated-Standard-2012.pdf

    Breeders strive for the "correct" Basenji as far as the Standard in addition to Temperament and most important Health. Breeders do have preference to colors and will breed accordingly to their preference.

    You will hear people say (and I am one) the Tris are "wicked".. LOL... not in being mean, but testing you just about every step of the way and making you laugh... but all Basenjis regardless of color make you laugh every day.... I love them all, just lean to Tris and Reds.

    When there are questions such as Color and DNA, go to a Breeder for information.. and one that is a member of the Basenji Club of America (www.basenji.org) these are the people that developed the standand over the years.
    (obviously not directed to you CrazySenji as I know you get your "kids" from a responsible breeder... LOL as my litter 4 yrs ago was a sire from your breeder)

    To elbrant: contact a breeder, you might find exactly what you are looking for...

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  • At the last show I was at there days with no reds and when there were reds they were outnumbered but the other colors. I agree.. there will always be "Red or dead" judges. My brindle boy placed under one of them and I nearly fell over!

    I 100% support breeders breeding for the colors they like but can't support people breeding based on color alone. You are right, there are FAR more important things than color!

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  • @marcorilli I'm developing the opinion that pups vary in price based more on location and availability than other factors. There is a breeder in Georgia (USA) charging close to $2K; compared to a breeder in Michigan (USA) with pups priced just under $500. I would jump on a pup from the latter litter if it made sense. Bummer that I have to factor in the costs of travel (gas, food, and lodging, as well as potential air fare). By the time I got there I would be spending more to bring her home than I would to pay to the breeder for the transfer of ownership. sigh

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  • @tanza You are right, Tanza... I hesitated to say it sooner as I didn't want to step on anyone's toes. DNA determines color mix - just like a dark haired man is less likely to father a red headed child (based on the 40 year memories of my high school classes). DNA/parentage is also going to affect dental/bone (structural) and fanconi (disease) issues/complications. Temperment, I think, is more of a learned trait. A pup spending their early days playing with an exuberant toddler will be more trusing than, perhaps, a pup who is exposed to a frustrated/angry teenager. [examples only - I was just trying to think of extreme opposites]
    -el

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