I'm not sure if this is the right section for this topic.
I have recently attended another Basenji Breed seminar which our UK Breed Council put on for aspiring judges.
The seminars are accompanied by a booklet which has always over the years asserted that the primary gait of the Basenji is the double suspension gallop. I have been puzzled why they would assert this, as such a gallop could not be sustained all day.
I was enlightened by the speaker who asserted that the Basenji is a plains anmal, which is patently untrue. The Basenji was first found in the forests of Central Africa and were bred by the Pygmies. They were required to go on the hunt through the forests and so would need a gait which was the most effective for that terrain. Hence their primary gait is an endurance trot.
As we all know Basenjis are capable of the double suspension gallop but it could never be their primary gait.
I took it up with the speaker afterwards and he actually agreed with me but said it was in the books.
I would be grateful for the input of others especially those that have known the breed for a long time. Also the newer owners, please