There was always some bone of contension - are Basenjis scent hounds or sight hounds ? Over here they used to be permitted to compete in both categories. Don't know if that is still the case cos am so far away from the showing scene these days.
I know mine quarter the ground properly like scent hounds, have done for generations. Chezz used to be particularly good at that. (Grandmother of the current two.) Squirrels used to be Mom Trouble's favourite prey but Ziggy also caught quite a few in her prime. Rabbits too.
Certainly it is no cause for worry or alarm. Rest assured - it is perfectly normal Basenji behaviour
Are the DNA tests expensive? I would love to have her tested.
From all the pictures of Basenji's that I've seen, and so many of the behavior characteristics I've read about match hers, I think she has some degree of Basenji.
Her facial structure isn't as 'pointy' as the ones I've seen - Stella has a more pronounced jawline, and she appears a bit taller than most I've seen too.
I'm so happy to have her as part of our family!
Most run around $100. The Wisdom Panel Health is very comprehensive, but if you just want breed info, the 4.0 is great.
She has the markings of a basenji. Our Bolt has a square blocky head like your Stella. He is 3/4 African, and all basenji. He is also rather large at 36 pounds. He is not over-weight either. He's just really big. The best way to tell is a DNA test. Make sure that the test includes basenji, at one time not all of them did.
Ok. that sounds reasonable for a DNA test. I'm curious what percentage of Basenji she is, but I doubt I'll actually do the test because it doesn't really matter. I love her so MUCH and from everything I've read and from all of you (great posts by the way) she's at least part Basenji.
My silly Stella can always be found sniffing around in the kitchen when we're cooking, which brings me to ask- is that a Basenji trait, always begging when there is food? or is that just Stella.
She loves taking my napkins or kleenex and tearing them to shreds.
She has such personality! she does love to jump up in the air when she knows she's going out and she loves to run as fast as she can.
Do they like to swim? I haven't had her in the water yet.