Adopted a 2nd Basenji, a little worried


  • My scales say around 8kg now! But I had him weighed at the vet last week and he was 7.2, so my scales must be a bit off. He's definitely more steady on his feet and our walks are along canals—meaning lots of bridges and steps 🙂 He still reaches out for Bobby's food through the crate wires after he's finished, so I'll have to get him a slow-feeder bowl. Also the peeing indoors thing has completely stopped. His crate and beds are off limits apart from feeding time and he uses a bell to go out. Success!

    Him and Bobby are learning to get along well too, which is nice. There is still frequent snout-grabbing and high pitched growls from Bobby (sounds more like a cat, really), but they're getting closer and closer day by day: shared sniffing and happily rough house eachother during play—Bobby often on the receiving end. All good signs I hope.

    Also, weirdly for a seemingly neglected dog he ADORES strangers. He'll go over, begging for attention and licking. Totally puzzled, because now I have 2 polar opposite basenjis:

    • One won't approach strangers, one loves them
    • One isn't food motivated, one is ABSOLUTELY food motivated
    • One has to do the poop-prowl, one goes immediately
    • One never yodels/howls, one definitely does
    • One hates being near faces, one needs to be in your face
    • One has an incredible dog-fixation ability, one really couldn't care less
    • One PULLS after lots (and I mean lots) of work, one will walk attentively and perfectly after barely any work

    That being said, they both steal, climb, hate water and go crazy if they see a rat/squirrel/bird. So there's that.


  • @castoinde said in Adopted a 2nd Basenji, a little worried:

    All good signs I hope.

    It seems you are doing really well ! I never worry when my two boys snarl at each other, its when they are obviously annoyed but silent that I start to worry -

    And your list of their differences just emphasises how very different Basenjis can be - Never a dull moment, figuring them out !


  • @zande I was so so nervous at first when they started to play, because they were totally silent, no growling at all. They still are mostly silent apart from their scampering/slamming/sliding/knocking-things-over sounds lol. Not worried at all now and rewarding them for sharing spaces seems to have helped significantly more than the whole "let them figure it out for themselves" idea.

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  • Little update 🙂

    He's up to 8.5kg and is definitely comfortable walking now, a little too much for my liking 😂 pulling towards all of the smells if I don't have treats and showing a little bit of frustration when he can't pull to meet another dog. He's a boisterous boy.

    Thanks all for your advice. In hindsight I can't believe he was so skinny compared to now, but he's definitely going to be on the small side. We met a female who was 13kg! and dwarfed him.

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  • @castoinde What a great looking dog! I love his coat in the sun. Stunning!


  • Yes. great picture, fabulous looking dog. Lucky you!


  • Frank has made an amazing transformation. He is a beautiful basenji - regal and majestic!🥰


  • He is gorgeous ! You are both so lucky

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