It’s great that you’re doing your homework on the basenji. I think the reason you read all these “horror stories” is because they are not your typical dog. They are a beautiful and highly intelligent breed with a very strong prey drive. My Kembe is my first basenji but I was familiar with the breed because my brothers were basenji owners. I got her when she was 1years old - she was returned to the breeder by the previous owners. Kembe has never been destructive, she has free reign of our house, and I can leave her at home alone. It’s extremely important to exercise them regularly - especially exercise and stimulate their minds, and establish a routine (I can set my watch to my dog). They are definitely trainable - it scares me to see how smart she is and also well behaved. Basenjis are extremely lovable and hilariously funny. If I have a treat that my dog especially likes - she will do her whole “repertoire of tricks” without me even asking her. She dances to let me know it’s time to eat and will sit right next to me and hit me with her paw when she wants to go for her walk.
I think our basenji chose us - when we went to the breeders home to look at her - She jumped up next to my husband on the couch and curled up! I was sold on her! I really hope you find a basenji that right for you!
BRAT facebook - basenji killed by pitbull
I don't know if this is the right place to post this.
The facebook BRAT page has a sad post. A dog adopted from BRAT 11 years ago was killed by a neighbor's pitbull while the husband was walking. The husband was also bit but will heal. I hate to hear about these kind of dog attacks.
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That is truly sad.
That is aweful. I am so sorry to hear about this.
Patty M last edited by
So sad… it's hard to wrap my mind around.
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That was a tough story to read.
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Thank you for letting us know. I will avoid that story. My first Standard Poodle was murdered (yes, I use that word intentionally) by a Pit Bull.
Was it an actual pitbull or is this another dog attack that's just labelled pitbull for dramatic effect? In the last year i've seen several dog attacks that were called pitbull attacks even though it was a completely different breed…one of the "pitbull" attacks was actually 3 huskies! Either way it's never a good thing to see and hopefully the owners take responsibility, a few months ago a small dog was killed in an off-leash dog park here and the owner tried to deny any responsibility for it.
I wish people were more responsible pet owners and made sure their dogs were well socialized and trained. The majority of attacks are because someone was negligent in restraining their animal and there are normally past instances that the animal will become aggressive so when they say they "didn't know" or "it's always such a sweet dog with my kids/other animals/etc" they are just denying the truth.
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Skip… I just got out the soapbox... if you like.
Actually, the issue isn't always socialization. Talk to pitbull breeders, go on pitbull boards. Pit bulls are bred to be totally animal aggressive. While the AKC dogs have been bred to decrease this trait, the PB breeders brag about it, brag how you wouldn't have a pack of pit bulls because the would kill each other, etc. Don't get me wrong, I know and love many pit bulls. But they are owned by responsible KNOWLEDGEABLE people who have them confined where they cannot get lose, they watch for any signs of aggression in the home, they crate when they are not home EVERY SINGLE TIME, no exceptions, no matter how nice their dogs have acted together. Because if you hang out on a pit bull board (I used to moderate one on AOL), you know that every month, sometimes weekly, new people appear crying their pit bull was always SOOOOO nice to their other dog/cat/whatever, and then suddenly killed it. We see it in as young as a year and I have seen many that were 4 and 5.
I blame the breeders for not addressing the animal aggression, for holding on to "that's what they were made for" idea and ignoring that it is what makes them banned, euthanized and feared. The breeders of American Staffordshire Terriers have worked hard for over 50 years to curb the animal aggression. Pitbull's "respected" breeders brag they work to increase it. Yet, I will say these same "respected" APBT breeders are ruthless in removing human aggressive dogs, and sadly the public gets all these dog bites from poorly bred Pits and pit mixes and anything that might possibly be a pit getting labeled as such. According to the "respected" APBT breeders, a pit bull should be highly animal aggressive and utterly not so with people. Those dogs, kept safe, are wonderful.
So here is why I waded into this thread. Dearest fellow basenji lovers, we have similar issues. Our luck is our dogs are typically under 30 pounds. Imagine, those of you with several and running 2 or more packs due to aggression issues, if they weighed in at 60 pounds. How many could you keep? Our small gene pool makes eliminating dogs with high inter-dog aggression probably not feasible at this point… but I assure you that is precisely why I titled and spayed Sayblee. I have never loved a dog more, and I have known more animal aggressive predatory dogs. However lovely her head or pedigree or speed of finishing... she didn't need to reproduce.
So... look at the Wimauma dogs. They lived in a field in a huge freaking pack. I wish to hell someone had been observing for years. I wonder if the dog aggressive ones got killed and that is why this pack as a whole seems so very nonaggressive to each other? No I am not supporting breeding or cloning the Wimauma dogs :)... but their ability for adults to coexists indicates it really could be beneficial to concentrate on removing the more dog aggressive and maybe start fixing the "it works til it doesn't" issue.
What a sad story.. Though Imo I do not feel it is entirely the Pitbull's fault.. fault also lies on the owner for not controlling/containing their dog! especially when owning a known aggressive breed like a Pitbull.