I am looking for a family pet. In addition to reading about basenji's online, I would like to talk to people too.
My wife and I want to get a pet, and we like what we have read about the Basenji's. But I have some concerns about getting this type of dog with our family. We have five young children (ages 5 years, 4 years, 3 years, 1.5 years and a 4 month old). We think that we will wait a year before we get a pet, but we want to do the homework now.
We read the Basenji's are good for people with allergies. My wife and my 4 year old seems to have some mild allergy to animals. My wife had a pet cat as a kid, so she can live with it, but we want to minimize that problem.
I am also wondering if Basenji's are good with children? Can they be trusted to play with kids? I know that any animal (or human) will not play nicely if mistreated, but what about if they are treated nicely?
My wife likes cats, I read that Basenji's sometimes act like cats, is that true? If so how? Also, do Basenji's like to be with people (i.e. will it walk with me, and will it like to play with toys, will it want to sit on my lap)?
I hope to speak to some people here about their experiences.
Have a good day,