After heaving read every piece of information and watched every youtube video I could get hold of, I've grown very keen on getting a Basenji, but there are still a few concerns.
As I study at unversity during the day (9->15), will a Basenji be able to be without me for this period of time, or do I need to hire someone to take her on a walk while I'm gone? If I choose to hire a "dog-girl", and if she isn't as strict as I am, will my Basenji learn from her that misbehaving is okey or will my B still respect my own rules? Is it totaly unreasonable to get a Basenji if you live in a flat?
I really want to be able to leave my Basenji outside the cage while I'm gone, as I myself suffer from claustrofobia and would never want my dog to suffer from being caged. I am looking at allowing my dog access to my sofa and my bed. I do however have some quite expensive computer equipment that I need to access daily, and I'm worried about biting on cords - is there any sure way to prevent this? Just to clearify, I'm not worried about my equipment, I'm worried about the dog.
How do Basenjis handle cold, and especially snow? I live in Finland and it's relatively cold and snowy (and.. wet) a big part of the year. A close friend of mine has a couple of French bulldogs and it's very important for me that my B will be able to socialize with them - at what age should I take her with me on a visit?
I'm basically the kind of person that wants to have everything prepared and thought out before making this big a decision (consider I'm "only" 22 years old). Except for my studies - I do have the time to care for a dog, and I have friends and family that have already promised to house my Basenji in case I ever need to go away for a few days, or even just an evening. I do understand that a dog is a 15yr+ investment and I know my future job will allow me to work from home. I'm fully prepared to go on a two hour walk with her every day, or more if that's suggested.