Thank you all for your great tips!
To answer some of your questions..
Being from NJ, there is ONE breeder that i know of that is actually semi-close (about 1.5-2 hours) and that would be Doris Daniels. Our male is actually from her, but was not bought straight from her. She didn't even know the original owner had sold them. I found her from Rockys registered name (Djakomba.. her kennel name.. was actually in his name). We've talked to her quite a bit, through emails and on the phone. Although shocked that one of her pups was sold without her knowledge, She was extremely helpful.
In all reality, we don't show our dogs, so theres not really any need for our dog to be champion sired or have champion blood lines. I know that those terms don't mean that they HAVE to be showed, it just means they are almsot perfect examples of how a Basenji should look. Spending thousands of dollars for pups just because of their parents is a little crazy to my boyfriend and I (you might call us crazy), especially if they are just pets. Maybe it's because we are young and nieve:p
I've looked on BRAT since April too, but with no luck. We've found a few breeders in Maryland, but even then, they are 3+ hours away. I've talked to breeders all over, and tried to get recomendations for breeders around here, and really have had no luck. Breeders either don't respond or don't have the type of pup we want. (Keep in mind we've been looking for a pup since April of 07, so i've done adquate research:o ) The distance that these breeders are, it is EXTREMELY hard and a LONG drive for us to bring our dog to see them. Our boy only behaves in my car, when its just the two of us. If my boyfriend is with us, or we are in his truck, he does NOT behave at all! (I like to think he just behaves for his mommy )
He has been around other dogs. Lived with others when they were younger. My boyfriend had bought Rocky and another pup from Doris, Adrianne, when Rocky was 1 and Adrianne was 6 months. They had been together since Adrianne was born. There was also another Basenji ( Who was just a pet shop dog) in the house too. When his ex moved out, she took the females with her. My boy goes to my parents, and plays with their 13 year old Rotty/Lab mix, Lady. It made us sad to see him play with her, knowing that he had to go home to a lonely house where he had no one to play with besides us. He actually ran away from me when i tried to put on his leash! it broke our hearts! lol
And thanks again for any more info!