Basenji mutt ok?

Hello,

I adopted a great Basenji/Lab mix from a shelter. Hope everyone is ok with his mixed heritage. I think I am getting the best of both breeds in Scooter. I've had him about a month and a half and he is roughly one year old. We go on a 2-3 mile bike ride every morning unless the streets are icy, and a nice long walk each evening.

When I got him he was a holy terror on the leash, pulling like a mad man, but he is so smart and willing to please that he is now doing well on the leash, and, believe it or not, off the leash.

He is such a great dog. He's had minor problem with separation anxiety, but we are working on it.

I'll post a pic in the correct forum.

You can post a picture here-

Would love to see him. Congrats!

@Scooter:

Hello,

but he is so smart and willing to please that he is now doing well on the leash, and, believe it or not, off the leash.

He is such a great dog. He's had minor problem with separation anxiety, but we are working on it.

I'll post a pic in the correct forum.

LOL< That "willing to please" thing must be the lab in him. 😃

You are both quite welcome here; looking forward to the photos!

That "willing to please" thing must be the lab in him.

There's a mix with a paradox!

You think that's a paradox, when the weather warms up, I can't wait to see how he feels about jumping in the lake.

Hi Scooter! Welcome to the forums, can't wait to see pictures, please post some when you can.

With Basenji and Lab together, I can see him walking ON the water on his tiptoes to retrieve!

Terry

Welcome! Looking forward to the pictures…

@Scooter:

You think that's a paradox, when the weather warms up, I can't wait to see how he feels about jumping in the lake.

I hate to even mention this because you all going to think all I do is look at dog research. It is just that is the sort of stuff I remember (and then only the sketchy details). I just elect to allocate my brain cells to remembering trivia and not to remembering stuff like: "What am I looking in the pantry for?" That explanation having been made: Some years ago on some television news/entertainment type show they discussed some research that had been done on tracing traits in dogs. They bred a Sheltie with a water loving breed that I can't remember (maybe a Labrador Retriever?) and then they followed the traits through the generations. They weren't looking so much at physical traits but rather at the traits such as "hard working" (like the sheltie) and "loves water" like the other dog. The dogs were not kept in a research kennel and they lived as pets. The owners had an obligation to come to a get together once a year and also report on the dogs. Your Basenji/ Lab mix reminded me of the offspring that just about had a nervous breakdown at the water's edge everytime a stick was thrown into the water. The retriever part wanted desperately to go fetch the stick but the Sheltie part wouldn't go in the water. You could see the dog actually shaking in frustration.

I don't recall what the purpose of the research was or who funded it. It was entertaining but I don't remember that it proved anything that common sense wouldn't have also told them! Hopefully it wasn't funded by our tax dollars. LOL

Hello & Welcome!!! Congrats on Scooter!! I liked his picture. My b is also a mix - basenji & whippet (fast & what a hunter). I used to take my dog to doggie day care and I also worked their briefly. The owner's sister had a dog that was a lab/basenji mix. He was larger in frame style, not necessarily weight, had the weight legs, collar, a very curly tail with a white tip. When playing, he also pulled his gums back and showed his teeth, just like my b mix. Whatever Scooter is or isn't, he is most definately a CUTIE!!!

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