I'm sure similar topics have been posted a few times before but I was looking for some unbiased feedback from Basenji owners before I make a final decision
I began the process of looking for a breed that is right for me a few weeks ago and came across the Basenji. I really like what I've read and researched all of the pros/cons and health issues and I just have a couple concerns so here goes
I'm 28, live alone and do the typical 9-5. Should I be concerned about leaving a Basenji alone during the day most days of the week? Evenings and Weekends I am always either home or somewhere the dog would be able to accompany me. I'm not concerned about damage/trouble they might get into at home… more just if they will go insane being cooped up alone all day and if its unfair to the dog. I'm fully expecting a short walk in the morning before I go to work and a longer one when I get home to keep him/her active. I'm also not opposed to getting another down the road but don't want to overwhelm myself at this point for obvious reasons.
I own a condo that is not on the ground floor, thus no yard... should this be much of a concern provided the dog gets daily walks? Aside from having to carry a poop scooper with me everywhere I go :|
Growing up I always had a dog but I've never owned one on my own. Is the Basenji a poor choice for a first time dog owner due to their stubbornness?
I've spoken to a local breeder and this person is very established. Good standing with all relevant clubs, dogs are champions and all have had necessary health/genetic tests and passed with flying colors.... my only concern is the asking price which is ~$1100 US. Is this unusual? The information I've found suggests anywhere from $500-850 but I wasn't sure if those numbers were a bit outdated or not.
Thanks! Glad I stumbled across these forums, lots of good information on here