Two months ago, we adopted a dog from our local animal control
facility. She was identified as part rat terrier and part chihuahua.
The rat terrier part I think we can see, but she is nothing like a
chihuahua in appearance or personality.
We have been trying to find her a friend, searching for other part
rat terriers and chihuahuas, but have not yet found a good match as
all of these dogs seem too small and not similar in personality. We
were discussing this with our dog trainer and she said that she thought
the problem was that we were looking for the wrong breed, that what
she thought we have is basenji mixed with rat terrier.
We had never heard of basenjis, but after reading up on them and looking
at photos I am convinced the trainer is right. We are now thinking that we
need to look for another basenji mix, but I have some concerns.
The dog we have is very sweet, gets along with the cat, loves to play with other dogs, likes children once she gets to know them and has been fairly easy to train using treats as rewards. She also loves to chase squirrels and birds and has lots of energy.
I have the impression from what I have read that basenjis generally do not do well with cats, children or other dogs and can be very difficult to train.
Do you all find this to be true with your basenjis? Also, does anyone have
a mix and, if so, mixed with what?