I am totally new to the basenji world. In October, I luckily found my beautiful basenji/lab mix at a shelter in PA. She looks like a mini lab who wants to be a runway doggie model. She has long legs and a thin body for a lab but the black coloring with white on her chest and slightly floppy ears. She also has the cutest curly tail.
When I picked her out, I was thinking that she was a lab with something else in her but mostly lab. boy was I wrong. Shelby is very clean and loves comfort. She doesn't like the cold. She is also very sensitive and so expressive with her face. She's smart about learning commands but usually thinks about obeying them. And she runs like the wind and is so agile it's amazing. Shelby doesn't act like my other retrievers did so I decided to do some research. That's when I found out about basenjis. What an interesting breed! Now I understand why she tries to "kill" her stuffed toys and why fetching a ball is like so beneath her. She's not a retriever, she's a hunter. Shelby is also a cuddle bunny and I just adore her.
I am so lucky to have found this special dog and I will continue to visit the B forum to learn more about her breed.