Wow!!! So I learn something new every day!!! (Tana is normal?? Even more amazing!!)
I thought I'd read about nearly every Basenji quirk there was from the B-list and various websites. I'd heard about the "lean"….and I think I did read about a different kind of "funny sit" where the butt doesn't touch the ground.
I'll be darned if I haven't missed out on learning about this quirk. Tana was the first time I'd ever seen a dog sit this way Jibini has never done it....but then again, I could fill a swimming pool with all of HIS weird quirky-ness
Kelli, Tana is also the fastest little dog I've ever seen, aside from a Greyhound or Whippet. She's the only one out of my crew that is VERY sociable at a dog park (Jibini does OK, but Chloe can just forget about it). There isn't a single dog she hasn't been able to outrun by a HUGE margin....and she appears to do it effortlessly!! She gives Chloe fits by getting her to play chase- and turning, dodging, darting & outrunning her every time!! (Jibini has learned that he might as well not even bother LOL)
I know little about conformation but I suppose it's a given that Tana's conformation is definitely not ideal (5 generations of puppymill). It seems like her back is too long....there's definitely nothing straight about her topline....and when she sits "normally" her back is always hunched over. Maybe this is why it's comfortable for her to tuck her butt under like this- makes her not "hunch" so much??
At least I know it isn't some left-over behavior from the puppymill. For a dog of humble origins, she has the bearing of a princess, and this "sit" is just another way she lets everybody know how special she is!!!....she is truly one of a kind