Hello to everyone–
I'm new to this site, and actually to Basenji's in general. I'm currently a college student in Eastern Washington--and now that I can finally get off campus, the next important thing in my life is finding the right dog.
I've grown up my entire life with dogs. From a ****er spaniel, an Irish Setter/German Shepard mix, and two feisty German Short haired Pointers--dogs are something that have always been around.
I was turned onto Basenji's a few years ago when I saw someone walking their's in a neighborhood close to my campus. I immediately fell in love and have been determined to find one of my own someday. Also, I'm living with 4 other people in my house who, while fine with me having a dog have certain stipulations. Namely they want something relatively small and a dog that doesn't shed. I feel like Basenji's meet that.
My question is though--how well would a Basenji do living with five university students? I've dealt with high maintenance dogs before (note my GSP's) so certain traits that I've heard are common with Basenjis don't really worry me--I've done it before. Also--my worry is that in looking up breeders, the only ones are on the western side of the state. I'm afraid that if I where to settle on a Basenji now--that the 5.5 hour drive back might be a bit much. Is there anyone who has had to deal with transportation like this? Also--would it be better to try and find a basenji that is already a year or two old, rather than getting a puppy?
I really enjoy high energy dogs as well as dogs that can be affectionate--from everything I've read about Basenjis they sound like wonderful dogs. However, I would love any advice from other--more seasoned Basenji owners.