Picture this in a perfect monotone robot voice...
We will not be having anymore litters until the end of this year. Much to our disappointment, Basenjis only have have one season a year. Usually late Fall into Winter. Some females (I hate the B word) might have a season out of season, or they might even have a second season, but it is really really rare. Did I mention that it's rare?
So now what? @jenny Ya need to get in touch with reputable breeders. PLEASE do this. They test for diseases that will make your life hell if ya don't. Basenji's suffer from Fanconi and PRA. Both are preventable with testing BEFORE breeding. Ask for test results from both sire and dame.
Let us know where ya are... generally. We don't need an address. We need a state. Peeps will send you club contacts.
SO HAPPY you love Basenjis! Me too!!
@jengosmonkey Bless you for this post ! Keep repeating it as often as you like - it will save a great deal of time and frustration all round.
People who want a Basenji ought to have researched the breed at least a bit, and ought to know about the breeding seasons. I am up to 221 enquiries since March !
If in the US, go to www.basenji.org and you can search for breeders by state. Also there is a link to the Basenji club of America's breeder liaison that you can also contact. As noted, Basenji usually only have puppies in the Nov/Dec/Jan time frame as they only come in season once a year.
If you are in the States, try contacting Marjani Basenji, they posted they had couple of males still available. Here is the link to the post if you can open it.
@vivsos I had almost more summer litters than winter ones over the years. Litters in May, July, September (several in each month) and odd ones other times. I found the bitches only had one true season and one was a summer girl. No way, despite trying, could we get her in whelp in Autumn. But while she obviously ovulated in the summer, she had a token dribble with the other (4) girls in September / October. They had a sympathy season with her in May or whenever. She herself was born in September.
Exceptions prove rules with Basenjis !
@jengosmonkey supposedly about 5 % of litters are born out of season. Out of the normal time of year for that hemisphere. I had two litters into the data base yesterday, born in Australia in November and January.
I loved summer litters, Hoover and her sisters were born in July as were Firbi and his siblings. I put them all into a big black bucket used in the garden for weeds and carried them around to the main lawn where they had great fun and games. Firbi was born in 2000 and Hoover in 2008.
Plessy was born in September, mother of Firbi. Her first litter was born in April. She only ever had a token dribble with the other girls in Autumn.
Made life as a breeder very interesting. My first ever litter was born in April, out of a bitch whose sire had been imported from Australia by VTW. Veronica Tudor Williams.
@zande - I know many Basenjis that were imported from Australia, since they are in a different hemisphere, many keep to their season, their fall/winter that is our spring/summer. Some change, many don't.... My first two Basenjis were born late August & early September as were many Basenji in 1991. This is due to the Basenji National show was way earlier then in past years and there was a couple of Basenjis in season, many of the bitches then followed. But in the matter of a year or two, they went back to the typical Fall seasons and pups in Nov/Dec/Jan.
@tanza yes, but Lovebird of the Congo, sadly, only had one litter and then succumbed to a car racing on country lanes so we never knew if she would come in in Autumn next time around.
I always figure to get a rest through end of March to May/June from entering litters born during our winter into the d/b before the Australians start whelping and registering their 'winter' litters, born in our summer - sorry electrician working and he turned the power off at the mains . . . where was I ?
OK, back on again. Some revert, some don't. Again, its the rich tapestry of Life With Basenjis !