• @Jerry:

    Sharon, I take it in the spirit of Basenji love. I'm sure after going through my experience here I will be a better care giver of the right one for me.

    lisastewart, thanks for the suggestion of an older dog but I look forward to growing with my companion from their puppy stage.

    LOL, some of us just have that want of feeling those lovely (not) puppy shark teeth!!!!

  • Thanks Jerry, glad you see we are just wanting to help you.
    WHAT do you need from us??

  • Sharron, I was initially concerned about buying a pup from a breeder online without meeting them or the pup first. Thanks to the responses of this forum, I learned a lot in a short time about the importance of choosing a good breeder nearby. I'm finding local picking slim now, I may just have to wait for next season.. Thanks J.

  • I just do rescue, but I have folks who contact me and want to know who the good breeders are. I have an unmet friend, coming down from BC to a dog show in Seattle, so we can meet and I can introduce her to folks I know who have lovely dogs and are a great support system. She is looking for a long term relationship with the breeder she gets her basenji from. It does take time, and its worth the effort to find a basenji club and go visit. Go to dog shows and after the b's show, talk to the breeders. Contact the rescue folks in your area, believe me, THEY know who to run toward and who to run away from… It does take time...but its so, so worth the homework.

  • I agree with Sharron… it is well worth the "wait" to meet and get to know the breeder of your possible pup.... worth their weight in gold... the year you might spend now meeting and getting to know a local (or semi local) breeder will pay off in the years to come. You will be part of the family... and regardless what happens in your life, your breeder will always have your back ... and know that your Basenji has a place for its entire life regardless.

    I know that I will not ship a puppy ever in the US... people must come here, meet me and then take the pup home... (in a sherpa as carry on, if flying).... I am just not into putting a puppy into a crate at 10/12 weeks (or younger in some cases of what we would consider Back Yard Breeder or Pure for Profit Breeders) and thrown into the belly of the plane...... pretty scarey when you think about it.... When most are just interested in the "profit" of the pup... not the home.. it is really something to think about.

    Thank you for come here and welcome... and thank you for taking all the advise to heart and really thinking over your decision...

  • Jerry, I was reading over this post, and I think your head must be spinning now.
    Sorry. None of the breeders here are posting what they do, to get you to buy one of their dogs. I am not posting what I do to get you to get a rescue dog. We have had posts of folks like yourself who thought getting a b over the net was a good thing, and then had to walk them through issue that should not have happened.
    B's are a long lived breed, if from a good breeder…they can live 13, 15, 17 yrs.
    I don't remember who posted to us that he got a b, and it dies at 5. Heartbreaking.
    So, ok, just trying to not push you, but share what we have learned.

  • Yes Sharron, I've been given good advice. Lots of it and all had the same goal, to help me make the best decision possible. I was just about to order this pup online. You can imagine that excitement… then the reality check of working with more responsible breeders put the brakes on that. Now, I don't mind taking a little longer and working with my local breeders and learning what to look for in a good pup. I'm lucky to have found this website. Jerry

  • Oh, Jerry, hugs to you. I am sorry about your not getting this b right away, but honey, you did dodge a bullet, as my husband is fond of saying.
    We are here to help you.

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