Hopefully this is the right place to put this as I'm not sure it would belong in Training or Behavioural Issues.
Anyways, my boyfriend and I are considering getting a Basenji and I have been looking and reading and getting all kinds of information but there are a couple of things I would like to ask you experts about.
First, my boyfriend had read that a Basenji is more independant than a lot of breeds which led him to believe that they don't bond as much with their owners. However, I have read that while there independance leads them to do what they want to do a lot of the time instead of listening to their owner, they will still bond strongly with their owner. So basically I was hoping for some input on how loyal your Basenji's are to you and I guess, as well, how often do you find your B ignoring your instructions (not counting when there is something to chase!)
Second, I know they need to be exercised well and daily and I was just wondering what the average amount of exercise you all give to yours is, and correspondingly, how destructive they are in comparison.
Thirdly, I have read people suggesting X-Pens and gates to keep B's in a specific room while away and I was wondering, given their propensity for jumping, how effective those are. Of course you could get a top for an X-pen but if you're just putting up a baby gate or something, do your B's respect them?
Thanks so much to any who reply. I'm waiting to hear back from a local breeder about the possibility of meeting some B's in real life but would love to gather some more info in the meantime.