I'm from British Columbia, Canada and I have a basenji in my future. Currently we have some older cats as our loving pets, and I have made the decision not to get a basenji until our cats pass on to kitty heaven. So what I am doing right now is reading books on basenjis, checking out breeders online and gathering as much information as I can so I can be a responsible basenji owner of a healthy, quality pup. I've also chosen the name Kipawa, which means 'gift' in Swahili.
I don't think I would ever get into showing my basenji, but I want the best pup possible, looks included. Health is my foremost concern for my male red and white pup. I want to be sure that my basenji and I are going to have a long and happy life together. I plan on taking obedience courses with my dog, and perhaps get involved in some lure and agility exercises/contests.
The basenji has always been my favourite breed. I have not owned a dog since childhood, yet I am not worried about the attention required for this breed. We have a reasonable sized back yard that has 6 foot high fences, yet I plan to always supervise my basenjis time out there so I don't lose him.
I'm in my early fifties, am active, and I have unlimited time to provide to my dog (early retirement). I've contacted, via email, one breeder in my area and plan to meet her within the next month so I can look at her breeding dogs and see what temperament they are.
Can you tell me what else I should do to prepare for my puppy purchase? Should I get paperwork from the breeder indicating my pup is Fanconi clear? I even am planning to trade in my sportscar for a small SUV - I am already checking out vehicles. I take animal ownership extremely seriously. Any tips or ideas you can give me would be very appreciated. As for breeders, I am willing to drive/fly to get my ultimate puppy.
I look forward to all the posts on this forum!