What are the beautiful and positive traits of a basenji?
Lots have already been posted. Each basenji is totally different from another. No two are alike. My beloved Dannii (crossed from cancer at age 12 on 4-10-12) was my heart dog. I could not do or go anywhere without him right there at my hip. I didn't have him as a pup. He was a returned to breeder at age 1 or so. That's how he came to me. He could make me laugh uncontrollably, make me cry, make me so dang mad that I would want to smack him (I never laid a hand on him). He knew when I was feeling blue, and ill.....always was in my lap, my bed, the car. I could not go to the bathroom, let alone take a shower without him trying to get in the door. He was the first dog in my life (and I have had plenty), that had come down with cancer. That totally broke my heart. I changed his whole diet, and I did everything within reason that I could do to help him to be pain free. I had his niece Jenna at the time, she crossed last year at 3 months shy of turning 17, and I have Zak who is unrelated to Dannii and Jenna. He is now 15 yrs and 4 months. Mr.T came into my life 6-14-13 at age 2. Unbeknown to his previous owner (job transfer to Brazil) T had Valley Fever. My vet did blood work which is how we found it. A year later, T started acting just like Dannii did. By that I mean, I would give Dannii a treat, first thing he takes it and run's into the hall to eat it. Jenna or Zak never ever did that. We would get 7-8 miles from the dog park, and Dannii would start going back and forth, putting his paws up on the dash, and go to the back, and it was back and forth and back and forth and so on til we got to the park. T was not even born yet when Dannii died. T takes his treat and runs to the hall to eat, he too would go from from to back with paws on the dash several miles from the park. First time, I thought maybe he was reincarnated by Dannii. T was focused looking out the window, and I called him Dannii. Thankfully, he didn't turn and look at me. I'm not sure of what I would have done. T hangs out in the garage and sticks his head out the window........Dannii would do that. Well, enough of reminiscing, but you can see Basenji's bring you great job if you just don't take life seriously. They will be your best friend forever if you can put up with their quirkiness. I finally got a leather sofa and after a year and half, T ate it and ripped it. I was fit to be tied, but found it wasn't true leather to begin with. Not sure if your going to get a puppy........puppies chew. You value anything, put it up high enough so they can not reach it or behind closed doors!