Thanks for the quick replies, will definitely be using that information! Also, when I say "a dog is a dog", I mean that I think people place too much of their decision on the appearance of the pups, rather than their personality and temperament, and also wanted to communicate that I'm on a budget and don't need a perfect $3000 show dog. I understand the objection though!
As far as my exact requirements, I don't have that many. A dog is a dog! That being said, I definitely want a female, definitely not a brindle coat, and I don't need a show dog, as long as she is healthy!
The more you (re)search, the more you'll read a Basenji is really not a dog, i.e. not one's typical household dog.
If you still want a Basenji, here's an (updated version of an) old but thorough post from Tanza to help you ask the right questions from breeders:
tanza 8 Jun 2007, 07:56
@noblesuntzu First off I am pretty sure you will not find anyone in Georgia to accommodate you, A Basenji is not just a dog and the cost is anywhere from $1200-over $2000.00. The breeders that are listed with AKC.org would probably just hang up the phone on you! So do your research, be specific on what your intentions are for the Basenji and your family. How experienced are you with Basenjis, with breeders? Because if you go to the wrong breeder it could cost you a lot of money in the long run.