To make a long story short, our dog had a back injury (he's fine now) but my wife had to take him to the vet when he was injured, the dog bit her hand, but not drawing blood, when he would not come down stairs. She was trying to get a leash on him.
After a week she could not bend her finger (I wanter her to go to a Dr after it happened, but refused) She finally went and was told she had arthritis in her hand and they thought she had an infection in her knuckle (dog bite related) and wanted her to see a hand specialist and put her finger/hand in a splint. The Doctors give her a look like - Your dog bit you this hard and your still keeping this dog?
she went to a specialist, he says she does not have arthritis, but the dog bite injured/bruised her tendon in her hand and said it's going to take at least a month to heal!
it made me think if that were a small child's hand it could be crushed!
I'm not sure I would recommend anyone to get a basenji with a really small child or toddler. I know the last time he bit me the spot turned yellow, then purple then green then red and the bruise turned huge!
Basenjis have very powerful jaws for a dog their size. We could never get rid of our dog but in times like this they can be dangerous animals.