Animal Planet Dogs 101: Basenji Video Clip
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    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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    Wish they'd recommend from a reputable breed OR have them checked if adopting.

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  • What a well done video. Applause to Animal Planet. Loved that they mentioned Fanconi, and making sure you use a reputable breeder.

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  • First Basenji's

    Yay! Thanks for letting us know!
    These episodes are much too short though. I would rather an entire episode devoted to one breed. ;)

    Question – is it an exaggeration to say the breed was almost "wiped out" by Fanconi in the '80's?

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  • That was fun. Too bad they didn't do screaming as well. :| I think folks need to hear all the sounds. Probably didn't want to stress a dog to that point though…you think?

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  • To Tanza…When you said Laura's dog would be in the video, I didn't know that Laura was actually going to be IN the video, lol...

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  • Great little video - thanks for posting it. I sure would like an Egyptian medallion like the one shown.

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  • While I loved the dogs featured I have to ask - where DO they get their information? Lion hunters? Wiped out by fanconi? Bond to only two members? Perhaps if they had not been in a hurry up to get it filmed the info could have been a bit better/realistic.

    Best part? Laura saying "down, stay" which lasted less than a nano second just as the narrator said they were independent and aloof. Cracked me up.


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  • I found it rather amusing how the basenji in the training section took his merry old time doing the sit…it was almost in slow motion.

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  • Hm, "hunt lions?" In all my books it states they where used to hunt antelopes, not lions!

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  • Maybe they got confused with Ridgebacks.

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  • Well, in any case, I'll take it!

    I can picture my next Q&A about Gizmo.
    "So what breed is that?"
    "A Basenji."
    "What are they used for?"
    "Hunting LIONS!!"
    "…."

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  • @renaultf1:

    To Tanza…When you said Laura's dog would be in the video, I didn't know that Laura was actually going to be IN the video, lol...

    I didn't either! I love it when she says stay, and the dog immediately pops up…so basenji!

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  • @sinbaje:

    While I loved the dogs featured I have to ask - where DO they get their information? Lion hunters? Wiped out by fanconi? Bond to only two members? Perhaps if they had not been in a hurry up to get it filmed the info could have been a bit better/realistic.

    Best part? Laura saying "down, stay" which lasted less than a nano second just as the narrator said they were independent and aloof. Cracked me up.

    Ha, ha…my thoughts EXACTLY! I was screaming at the computer...OMG...still used by pygmys to hunt lions eh? and good apartment dogs...well...that isn't really the take home message...

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  • Not only did/do they not hunt lions now, or ever…they aren't even in the same geographical location on the continent of Africa!!! That is a huge error on the part of Animal Planet, and whoever they got their info from.

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  • @Nemo:

    I found it rather amusing how the basenji in the training section took his merry old time doing the sit…it was almost in slow motion.

    The dog's body language was clearly "I will not, I will not"…oh, o....kay.....

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  • I actually didn't like that part. Gizmo too will instantly walk away if I PUSH him down to sit and lay like they did on the video. But if I I give a command he will sit there happily.

    The whole bit seemed staged, just to use the "aloof" line. Still funny though.

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  • Houston

    I am so glad I wasn't the only one to balk at the "hunt lion" part..I just knew they got that wrong.
    The only thing that worries me about these types of shows is how the more unknowledgeable of people will start looking for these breeds, which will encourage more BYB's and puppymills once again..

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