As I have been getting used to my new to me basenji, Rowdy, I've been musing on his habits and traits as they might have applied to his evolution in the settings of African tribes. For instance, the way he grabs the trash, grazes the counters, runs with candy wrappers makes me visulize a little dog having to grab what he/she can from the human society around and run.
Also the funny quirky character of the basenji I see as a trait developed to disarm the humans and make humans love them and so accept their presence and their mischief with laughter.
The way the basenji rushes into a new environment with curiosity and snoopy nose agoin' everywhere I can see as their hunting ability for the tribespeople who encourage that.
Maybe even the nipping is developed because in a tribe a dog must have some way of defending his/her trash teasures and keep up with all the other dogs and humans.
Anyway, maybe you all have thought these things before on the forum. It is interesting and makes me like Rowdy for what he is. Do you see any other tribe like characteristics they have?