I think the term "well known" was misinterpreted as "popular". We definately don't want any breed or animal to be popular as in trendy. Such as the little tea cup and purse breeds popular as a fashion accessory; or the trend for Dalmations upon release of the movie "101 Dalmations".
I should clarify I meant it would be great if the Basenji is recognizable to the general population. That being said, recognizing a breed would bring an educated interest in the breeds characteristics. As such, not all breeds are for all people. ie. The Retreiver breeds are known as being quite docile, and a great dog for kids and family and are great hunting dogs. I for one have never heard of a breed called Basenji. Very few people I talk to know what this breed is either. If they have heard of this breed, some ask "Is that the Egyptian dog?" (3) veterinarians didn't guess this breed. Who knows if the people who abandoned Duke and his brother knew what kind of puppies they maimed and threw away. Duke's looks were deceptive. He was cute but was a "handful" when we brought him home. I can see why some people can not handle a wild and not very cuddly puppy if they weren't educated on the breed's characteristics. Now that I have Duke and am educated somewhat of Basenji character, I absolutely love this breed. Without learning about this breed, I probably wouldn't have ever owned one. But we came thru the back door into this breed because I had a weak moment for an abandoned puppy.
Amazing how interpreting things said and read can get scewed. It's all about communication.
It isn't a contest sheesh. If that were the case people would just be replying with messages like "Okay." or "Cute!" and that's it!!! That would be annoying!
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