My friend says that basenjis are the opposite of German Shepherds, who are bred to work with humans and be obedient. Basenjis are hounds, bred to follow their own "superior" instincts, and for humans to follow along as best they can and try to keep up. they are the "just give me the car keys and ccredit card and get out of my way" dogs, not the 'yes master, your wish is my command' dogs. I had a GS years ago, they are wonderful dogs, basenjis are wonderful friends and family members who will constantly be one step ahead of you, not behind you, mentally anyway! But boy are they fun! Glad you have read all the good, bad and ugly about them. They are fine home alone for the work day, especially if they have dog buddies to play with. A very good friend has a 1 1/2 yr old basenji girl and recently rescued a 5 year old small GS, they are great buddies and very happy playing together. He had planned on another basenji, but this dog just fell into their laps and they are all very happy with a B and a GS.
Good luck, stick around, this is a gret support group!
Anne in Tampa