My family is looking to bring a basenji to our home as a pet, and while we're looking to contact local responsible breeders, I guess it can't hurt to put a note out here in case you all know of someone in our area.
Our background: Our family consists of myself, my wife, and our three kids (boys 12 and 9, girl 6). Our interest in basenjis follows months of breed research looking for a good fit for us. We like basenjis because they are aloof, medium-sized, somewhat clean, and just genreally goofy guys. We value personality over obedience. Our primary concern is that we don't have a large yard, but our dog (and ourselves) will get plenty of exercise with several long walks a day.
We're not picky about color. More accurately, we each have our own preference, and none of them match. I like the reds, my wife likes the brindles, my oldest likes the tris, and my daughter just likes when they lick her ears. I think basenjis are majestic no matter the color.
We're not picky about the sex. Our dog will be spayed/neutered if not already done.
We're not picky about purebreds. We're looking at some basenji mixes as well, as long as they have a mostly basenji look and most of the key basenji characteristics. We prefer a full basenji, but I know that the right dog will find happiness with us no matter what breed the parents were.
We are looking for an adult, preferably 1-4 years old, since this is everyone but my first dog. I've grown up with a variety of rescues and strays as a child. What's important is that the dog has the right temperment to be an only dog (until I can convince my wife to get a second one!) that can handle a crate when we're not home, which is 8 to 2 during the school year.
We're also not looking to travel TOO far. We're around Akron, OH.
I'm looking forward to any advice or recommendations anyone has. This is a fun experience and we're anticipating the grand welcoming party!