Basenji + ? other dog breeds ?

How are things in Israel? I pray you are safe.

@mvdperez said in Basenji + ? other dog breeds ?:

How are things in Israel? I pray you are safe.

Thank you. I am in Haifa which is probably the safest area, also the place where coexisting is at least the ideal. It's rather encouraging to have Jewish, Muslim and Christian shops' owners and employees come out calling the Samoyed's name (Moose).

Oddly enough, here we are, closer to Africa and I have yet to see another Basenji. But we've met several Samoyeds!

*That is good to hear. Haifa must be a beautiful place to live and your Basenji must love the weather thare. He also must get **lots **of attention. It's interesting they would have Samoyeds in Israel when they LOVE the cold. I raised one in Michigan many years ago and he absolutely deplored the heat. I love my Basenji but really miss my Samoyed an Border Collie as I raised them both from puppies. Also had a miniature Dachshund (would never do that again!).

Oddly enough, here we are, closer to Africa and I have yet to see another Basenji. But we've met several Samoyeds!

When I was still breeding Siberian Huskies, I sold a pup to a family from Jerusalem who eventually moved back and took the Sibe back with them. They didn't consider it odd that they would have that type of a breed there, their neighbours back home always had a Keeshound.
-Joanne

*Wow. How do they survive in the heat? They must never grow their Winter coats, I am assuming? Here we are in Colorado where my little Basenji girl is running around trying to find the Sun in the Winter. Hallelujah for 300+ days of sunshine in this state! I did have to buy her a little down jacket, though. Does anyone have any experience with using 'booties' on Basenji in the Winter? *

@mvdperez said in Basenji + ? other dog breeds ?:

  • Does anyone have any experience with using 'booties' on Basenji in the Winter? *

Yes, as I wrote on the other thread. I used Muttluks quite successfully with my last two boys.

@mvdperez said in Basenji + ? other dog breeds ?:

*Wow. How do they survive in the heat? They must never grow their Winter coats, I am assuming?

The coat insulates both ways, it insulates against the sun too. Our Sibes would lay in the sun as much as the Basenjis would.The worst thing you could do for dogs like that is to shaved that coat off.
-Joanne

We live outside Phoenix Arizona and the heat here is scorching but our dog does OK. He does have full access to our airconditioned home, and we always exercise at dawn during the summer.

A pretty simple test for a Basenji is behavioral. If your pup is sweet, and yours looks like she is, then she is likely not a Basenji. If she's a total PITA then she is!

Only kidding. (Sort of). Anyway, as others have said, the only real way to find out is the DNA test. Hard to determine on looks (or behavior). Till then keep enjoying your canine companion.

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@mvdperez
We run the air all the time, keeping it under 70. It's cooling off some so he's fine. She is under the covers because we keep it cold. He goes out early morning, quick midday, then longer in the evening. We keep his coat stripped down. I have no idea if it will get cold enough to get a winter coat. It's not generally COLD here.

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