My family chose 2 Basenji pups at the same time from 2 different litters. One was 8 weeks, the other was 9. The pups “chose us,” and not knowing any better, we went home with 2 males.
I work from home and wanted 2 dogs to entertain each other instead of being dependent on me all day long.
We have learned everything the hard way with these pups. Basenjis are like no other dogs I’ve experienced.
They immediately became a pack and have Sibling Syndrome - separation anxiety from each other, jealousy when one is being petted, treated or has a toy. Lots of fighting and having to spray them with water and put them in separate spaces to calm down.
We have professional trainers helping us. And, by the way, each one has had pretty strong words for us. Our family is so bonded to the dogs that we can’t possibly give one of them up now. So, we go through separation training and play groups.
Slowly, we are making progress. They are just over one year in age. We will continue to train them and love them, but I would not recommend 2 same age Basenji pups to anyone. Hindsight is 20/20. I wish we’d joined this forum prior to getting our pups!
Any ideas for us will be welcome!