If you had to talk your wife into getting a basenji, you better rethink the idea because when she discovers what it entails, she might not be a happy camper.
We thought about getting a basenji for 15 years before we made the leap. Fortunately, when we first heard about this amazing "barkless" and clean little dog and decided that we really needed a basenji, we called a breeder and talked at length. The breeder wisely talked us out of it. She was correct to do so because it wouldn't have been a good experience for us or for the dog. For one thing, our children would have accidently have let the dog out within the first week in our home. And while that isn't a good thing with any dog, it is especially bad with a basenji. How good are your children about keeping the exterior doors closed? How tolerant are your children going to be with chewed up toys? A child's room is a "Basenji Buffet"! And when the family gets fed up with the basenji's antics, you have to realize that a basenji cannot be an outside dog. And while a basenji doesn't "bark", it is hard to adequately describe the noise they make when they are upset.
We love Cory and are actually thinking about getting her a companion. However, we definitely researched, prepared, and went into this with eyes wide open. As much as we love this dog, there have been times in our life when a basenji would not have been compatable with our lifestyle.