Am looking to adopt a Basenji

  • Hi,

    I have three cats and have wanted to adopt a dog for a while now. I have decided to look for a Basenji and was wondering if anyone knows where I can find one here in Florida. I do not want to buy a puppy or go to a breeder. I would instead like to give a loving home to a dog in need. If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate hearing them!

    Thank you,


  • What part of Florida are you in? Have you applied to BRAT (basenji rescue and transport)? There are often basenjis in need of homes around here, especially if you are patient, or willing to drive a bit.
    Good luck, those that don't see cats as prey usually get along well with them as playmates (or so I understand from others)

  • Check BRAT as the PP said,
    but certainly don't expect to find something really quick…
    you have cats and with rescue, you have no idea their background,
    and do you really want to risk your cats to a dog you have no idea of it's background?
    I am not saying it isn't possible, but finding a rescue that is known to be good with cats is not always something you are going to get lucky with in a B.

    Going to a breeder isn't a bad thing.
    Heck, I sent a puppy to FL this year... so a home full of Paps! :eek:
    After a while, she quite pulling their hair... and they are getting along fabulously!

    Best of luck to you!

  • Good for you! We got a BRAT in January. We are so happy with our guy we are thinking of getting another BRAT as a pal for our jonny b.
    Be patient and the right one will come along for you! There is one out there for you!

  • Thank you all for your replies. I seem to be understanding that Basenjis might be a bit hard on cats. Is this correct?

  • It seems they can be if the cats run from them. Jonny has been around a cat and the cat did not run so they were fine together, keep in mind it was a visit, not living together. I have read from others, that they can live well together. Go to the BRAT site, and if you read the biographies of each dog, it states if they are cat friendly or not. The basenjis on that site live with the foster parents and are tested for various behaviors, if possible. Not all of them are, but it states if they are or not. It is very informative. Check it out and that might help.

  • Hi Amy. It's great that your looking to adopt a basenji who needs a home. Since basenjis are sighthounds they tend to chase anything that's small and darts out in front of them…kinda like my cats do when they are playing. I have a three year old who came from a breeder as a puppy who is fine with my three cats but he has always lived with them. On the other hand, I've had several fosters come through and they haven't had any problems with the cats although I would have only trusted one of the fosters at home alone with the cats. The other two have had a tendency to want to chase them. You can find a basenji through BRAt that has lived with cats but the other poster is right...just be patient because not all b's that are being fostered play nice with kitties :D.

    Good luck with your search. BRAT is a great organization with lots of great volunteers who can help you find a basenji...that will also get along with your cats.

  • Hi Amy, thanks for doing research prior to getting a dog!

    I have 2 cats but one is very basenji savvy and ignores them most of the time. My second will not leave the basement for fear of the dogs and that is after a year. Some have success, some do not.

    We gate our cats so they can get away from the dogs if they are too much for them. If you do look at BRAT, they specifically ask how the dog is with cats. If the foster has cats, they can evaluate them.

    Breeders sometimes also have adult dogs in need of homes. I am sure some have been raised with cats and are probably the best suited for your home.

    Either way, I am pretty sure your cats will not be thrilled at the intruder for a while.

    Good Luck!

  • Thank you again for your replies. I want to make sure that all animals will get along well… I will continue researching and looking and hoping that the perfect dog comes my way!

  • Good luck in your search. The more requirements you have the more patient you will need to be in your search. How well basenjis do with cats depends both on the basenji and the cat. I have 4 basenjis and 2 cats. All of basenjis get along fairly well with my eldest cat, though 1 of the basenjis is not his biggest fan, but they all do well. My other cat doesn't care for the dogs, he is not comfortable around them and opts to spend his time in the dog free areas of our home. When I had 2 foster cats staying here, they both got along great with 3 of my basenjis but the 4th thought we were at our cat limit and we didn't need anymore. We have always been able to arrange our house so that cats and basenjis are happy and safe but it does take some management.

  • Amy - I am not sure where folks get the idea that Breeders don't have dogs in need. Many breeders have animals whose owner has died, animals that for whatever reason didn't work out in their first home, rather than ending up in a rescue organization, those of us who are committed to the breed - take them back and try to find new homes for them.

    Getting a dog from a breeder is not a bad thing - you would still be helping a dog AND as an added bonus will have some knowledge of the history of the dog from a basenji savy person.

    So expand your search a little and I think that you will find the perfect companion waiting for you!

  • I'm getting a tri from a BRAT rescue in 3 weeks.

  • I have a 4 month old Basenji puppy - she tries to play with my cat - the cat really hates the dog, and hisses, growls, spits, and generally claws her every time the dog gets close enough - I don't think my dog wants to hurt the cat, but she certainly views it as a plaything, and so far hasn't gotten smart enough to stay away from it even though she has gotten the bad end of every encounter. Of course, she's 15, and perhaps that's the reason she isn't giving the dog a chance - I cannot see this situation changing, so be careful - maybe an older dog with less puppy antics would be better for your cats to accept.

  • When I first got my blk/wht Nika she was only 3 months old. She would chase my 23 lb cat to the front door. She'd get on top of him playfully and nibble on his neck. He didn't really like it. Luckily he never swiped or clawed at her.

  • I am in Tampa Florida and have to Basenji Mix pups they are 3 months old, and so sweet and beautiful.

  • jo jo tampa, what are your basenji puppies mixed with?

  • Hi Amy I am in Florida and have two Basenji mixed red and white boy and girl ready to be adopted the are 14 weeks old and just got their puppy shots yesterda and the vet said they look great. I have picturs

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