Advice please if a Basenji might be a good match.

Do you think that she looks like a Basenji mix though?

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Her face is suggestive of Basenji, size about right, too long in the body and of course no curl in the tail. Hard to be sure, and apparently she does bark, but so do some Basenjis. DNA test would tell you for sure. But if she's sweet and loving, how much does it matter?

@morsesa said in Advice please if a Basenji might be a good match.:

Just to let you know the can climb chainlink fences.......

Only if they are tightly strung. I have 4 foot chain link all around the vegetable garden and it is very slack. No confidence, no climbing ! I've used slack chain link to keep Basenjis out of certain areas for almost 40 years. It's fine !

@zande said in Advice please if a Basenji might be a good match.:

@morsesa said in Advice please if a Basenji might be a good match.:

Just to let you know the can climb chainlink fences.......

Only if they are tightly strung. I have 4 foot chain link all around the vegetable garden and it is very slack. No confidence, no climbing ! I've used slack chain link to keep Basenjis out of certain areas for almost 40 years. It's fine !

I had the same experience, but you have to watch out at the gate, since it's usually taut. My boys would try to get over it there, so I had to be careful. PVC pipe along the top of a chain link fence will usually deter them as well.

I managed to buy three gates, complete with posts and hinges, many years ago for just a few dollars. They had been badly measured for an order and were going begging. No matter to me that they are all slightly different !

Before we put up the chain link (and the gates - all three of them) Shani chewed off a tayberry bush which fruits on year old wood - so no fruit for 2 years. ☹ and as puppies she and her brother got fat on Brussel sprouts straight from the plant stem. Tuppy lay among the asparagus and ate the spears almost as they appeared. They were worse than the badgers among the sweetcorn, chewing the cobs as fast as they ripened. And as the the herb patch - Nothing quite like sage and oregano for rolling in if you are a Basenji puppy !

That’s funny! We’ll see how it goes, I am aware that they are climbers but from what i’ve heard from the lady that I had a phone conversation with, Nova is not. And I don’t really care if she is a Basenji mix but the DNA test is a good idea. It kind of depends if she is friendly with cats or not because I don’t want anyone to get hurt.

@reddie said in Advice please if a Basenji might be a good match.:

It kind of depends if she is friendly with cats or not because I don’t want anyone to get hurt.

That's something that can sometimes be finessed, with a bit of time and patience. My dogs knew there was a difference between "our" cats and strays, but that said, mine were barn cats, not house cats. Usually problems arise if the cats run from the dog and the chase instinct kicks in, but even if all seems well it's generally a good idea not to leave them alone unsupervised. A dog may seem fine with the cats up until one takes liberties and the dog resents it.

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The problem is our cats love dogs, they’ll probably be all over her... that’s what they did with the shar pei and Dane and now with Fozz, so it probably will be clear during meet and greet.

1 of our 2 ducks was killed last night by some creature the other one.. she was totally lost and confused but my daughter brought her to the tub she had a nice swim and has a great appetite and i’m looking at the options placing her or adopting another one.. they just don’t do well alone. Talking to ducks owners now..It was crazy last couple of days, crows, hawks, bears..

@dagodingo we have had our basenji rescue for 4 years. He has never climbed or dug in the yard but we still have issues with he and the cat. We still have to keep them separated Baby steps still after four years Just can’t trust him He is a great companion on the walk Has never learned how to walk on a leash so we keep him in a harness with the 26 foot long leash We also have numerous acres

Nova has been adopted!((

@Zande
Roflmao. Hey, at least it was healthy snacks.

@reddie
No doubt some rescues are like that. But more are not...taking on medically needy pets that they may easily put thousands into one dog. While it may have had little expense, settling a reasonable fee that allows them to help other dogs.

I am sorry. Maybe they will put you on a waiting list in case it doesnt work out.

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I don’t know, it’s not like they are getting a lot of Basenji mixes. We’ll see how it goes. Just want to have a short summer vacation without any troubles at home.

Then a basenji will fit right in. Hope yoour fence is 6 ft tall and not chainlink kind.

Morse.stafford@gmail.com

Local Animal Shelters do not post on Petfinder, they post on PetHarbor. You can set up email alerts to let you know when a Basenji pops up. And they are pretty reliable with updating availability.

That said, I've found that many of the people involved have little to no knowledge about dog breeds. Example: I think this dog looks closer to a Jack Russell mix, as opposed to a Basenji mix. Maybe it has some B in it... but it wouldn't be my first thought.

Another option might be to become a foster family with BRAT.

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@elbrant said in Advice please if a Basenji might be a good match.:

Local Animal Shelters do not post on Petfinder, they post on PetHarbor. You can set up email alerts to let you know when a Basenji pops up. And they are pretty reliable with updating availability.

Where is "here"? Petfinders is very used by most shelters I know of;

Is petfinder a good site?
Petfinder is the world's largest database of adoptable pets, and breeders are not permitted to list purposely-bred pets. Plus, Petfinder is free for shelters and rescue groups to use. Almost all shelters and rescue groups across North America use Petfinder, so if a group doesn't, it's a good idea to ask why.<<

From Wiki: Petfinder is a for-profit internet company that operates the largest online pet adoption website serving all of North America. The company reports that it currently lists “more than 315,000 adoptable pets from nearly 14,000 animal shelters and rescue groups.” Wikipedia

@morsesa said in Advice please if a Basenji might be a good match.:

Then a basenji will fit right in. Hope yoour fence is 6 ft tall and not chainlink kind.

Morse.stafford@gmail.com

Chain link is perfectly OK provided it is loose. Basenjis won't have confidence to climb a loose fence. I have a mere 4 foot c/l fence all around my vegetable patch and no Basenji has ever tried to climb it, despite the edible delights on the other side.

Have you tried the roller tops?

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