This morning a girlfriend emailed me telling me that she wanted to get a dog. Her roommate and her were discussing this and the roommate suggested a Basenji due to its size. She emailed me asking me where to get one and I wanted to post what I said in response to her wanting a Basenji.
I found it funny with the fact that I sounded like I was telling her NOT to get a Basenji. I was just being honest and trying to prepare her for what is in store with owning one. :p
"Just a word of caution…Does your roommate know about the breed?
The majority of people who adopt one end up returning it due to its personality. They can scream when left unattended and bored. The scream sounds like a human and your neighbors will contact the cops.
We had huge problems in the beginning when we would go to work. Our male, Chance would scream in his crate and our neighbors were pissed. We soon after let him roam the house and he quieted down.
They also destroy everything if you do not exercise em. Trust me....we have had our new dining room chairs destroyed within a week. They chewed the wood and ripped the leather off the chair! You can not train them...they train you.
Don't get me wrong...We love our dogs but we had to make huge sacrifices and ended up having to get another because if you only have 1, it will be bored and go crazy. After getting 2 they have calmed down and are not destructive anymore. Thank god!
This is the way the breed is. Everyone who owns a Basenji goes though this. Don't leave anything out...it will be gone when you return
If you are still interested, there is a Basenji Rescue group called BRAT. They are located all over the US and I can get you in contact with the local group.
Its funny...I am reading what I just typed and it sounds like I hate my dogs. LOL
Really...I don't try to push people away from the breed...I just try to warn them of what they are capable of doing."