• Benjii is looking for a home in Texas…:o

  • Well, I probably won't get a dog until summertime, once I'm all settled in. Whatever breed I decide on, my first choice will be adoption.

  • You might also want to visit some breeders in your area and talk with them about the breed. You'll be able to see how the dogs interact and get a better impression of the breed personality that way, even though you won't necessarily buy from a breeder.

    All of us on the forum absolutely are devoted to our dogs, we love their antics and their ability to figure things out (like how to get out of an enclosure) and their hunting prowess, etc. But they are independent-minded little beasties and can be frustrating to someone who is expecting a nice little lap dog companion. Check out the story about the dogs travelling to a show in Australia, "Our expensive trip away" in the story swap column on this forum.

    Once you decide the basenji is for you, be prepared to laugh and cry and swear (once in awhile) and have your heart stolen.

  • You are doing the right thing by carefuly considering all breeds Dee. As Wizard says we are all devoted and believe me you need to be. Basenjis are wonderful and we are shortly going to get our second one. I have to say when i got my first one i had no idea what i was getting into despite reading dog breed books, no forum then.
    I can say that my parents have had 3 Papillons and found them to be easy to manage once the puppy stage has passed and very intelligent.
    I'm sure you will find the right breed for you, be it a Basenji or another breed

  • Smiling at "i had no idea what i was getting into despite reading dog breed books" Like when Boxer books tell you they are high energy. You don't necessarily translate that into jumping shoulder height, doing backflips and 360 spins over and over and over and….hahaha
    I don't think the Basenji is the right choice this time around. I know I'm not goin' for many walks in those Georgia summers! I am going to try to meet some Basenjis though, I've never seen one in real life, only on TV. (Like those giant checks gameshows give away lol)

  • I love Frenchies… they are great little dogs. Of course with the "pushed" in snout, they can be noisey breathers....

    And yes, you should try and meet Basenjis, always recommended ... before committing to a puppy or adult....

  • Welcome Dee and thank you so much for reading and looking and most of all asking questions before getting a Basenji. So sad people get a dog or animal cannot handle it or it's not what they really wanted. Please stay with all of us with what ever your puppy maybe and tell us all about it and post pictures. I do wish the best of good luck.

    Rita Jean

  • Thanks everyone. Yes, those smushed lil faces do make for noisy sleeping companions. I used to nudge Bricks all the time cuz his snoring would wake me. lol Right now, the Papillon is at the top of my short list but that's subject to change. I tend to obsess over decisions like this. 🙂 I enjoy the learning process though, and I absolutely love doggies!!

  • Sorry to hear about Bricks. Our last Basenji ( Marley ) had a "boyfriend" named K.O. who was a boxer. Good luck in your search and stick around no matter which pooch you decide on.

  • The choice is most certainly yours. And thank you for your interest in our breed. And now you may be able to educate others about the breed we care for.

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