I am new to the list. I have two basenji's that are the love of my life, next to my husband. We live in Austin Texas.
My B-kids are 12 1/2 years old. I would love to talk with someone who has experience with older basenji's as I have a few behavioral "getting older" questions. My husband and I have been owned by these two since they were pups.
For the past two years our male has gone through some major personality changes. He went from Mr congeniality to Mr let me bite you first and ask questions later! (He gives no warning, he will be calm and then just bite, no provocation, no warning, we never know when he will just bite, so we keep him away from people he is not around all the time, he does not bite us or those who are around him often.) Our vet has no answers for this change of nature. Our vet said that as some dogs get older they get crabby, just as humans do. Is this true for Basenji's? We know of no reason why he should have changed, nothing traumatic has taken place, no change in diet or exercise or daily routine. Except for the personalty change he is a healthy senior citizen. I am at a loss as to what to do. Any suggestions?
Our female went through a personalty change also, she was always crabby and now in the past two to three years she has become Miss congeniality and loves everyone and wants to be with every one. Strange!!!
How old does breed get?
Love my B's :D