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@ceecee My Dog packed with older well-trained dogs for a full month when I took my vacation. Basenjis indeed are special and require a ton of patience. I knew they were House Destructive but my little homewrecker chewed on everything. I was on the Telephone and she was laying next to my feet. All of a sudden the call was dropped. I looked down and she 'Flipped' the phone cord as if to say 'Look what I did!'. She also climbed a tree at the Horse Farm which was ok because that is what they do when being used for Hunting. She was not very high up because I could climb up there with her. She did not want to come down and it took a group of us to bribe her with treats!

She was never in any danger, she climbed the Bookcases in my Home but I got her to stop that by taking her off and saying no, She would rather die than negotiate. Food was always a motivator and she never had a hungry day in her life! It will be 4 years since I lost her and I miss her every day. I rescued 2 Senior Cats from Death Row in New York City. They came from the same home but hate each other. They are good company but they will never be a replacement for my dog.

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@_neekko_ I had the same problem with my Dog. I would walk her on leash & harness to prevent her from getting free. This was for HER protection as people would let their dogs run free despite the Leash Law. I would see a bigger dog coming toward us and I would scoop her up and hold her against my chest as the big dog would jump on me and I would fall holding my Dog. You just have to be one step ahead of her. Basenjis are pack animals and as she grows older she will be protecting your kids instead of aggressing against them. I have no doubt that you have a good Dog you just have to watch her and your kids. I do not believe in any form of Behaviorism. Behaviorists are Psychologists who were not smart enough to get into Med School and become Psychiatrists. Sorry, but behaviorism is a 'pseudo-science' where the subject is basically manipulated and forced into submission. Very dangerous for Animals, especially Dogs and Horses.

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My Dog used a Litter Box until 12 Weeks of Age. After that, I took her to the Horse Farm and let her 'Pack' with older well-trained Dogs. She mimicked their behaviors and she learned how to Sit, Stay, Come when called and lay down. The Dogs did a great job of training mine. I did not have very many problems. these dogs get a bad reputation for being hard to train but they really aren't. They are very stubborn and would rather die than negotiate. Therein lies the importance of understanding the Dog's body language, that tells you all you need to know. They are extremely intelligent and never forget a thing, including people and other animals. Good luck with it!

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Basenjis will throw Dandruff when they are stressed. Mine did that when she went to the Vet. She stood like a Statue but let the Vet do his job. I had my Basenji for 16 years and I never took her to a Groomer for anything. She did not shed much and she was a Tri so I would have had black hairs if she shed a lot. I clipped her nails myself and the only time I had to Bathe her was when she got into my Watercolor Paint Box and stole a Tube of Midnight Blue. The paint was not toxic but she had blue streaks all over her. I got it all off and she attempted to escape the tub for the entire duration of the Bath.

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@rocky1 Indeed, Basenjis are not for the faint of heart. Mine was always fine with Wolves and Cats. I read somewhere that the Basenji is a 2k year old breed and most closely related to Wolves. When I had my Wolves (2 different neutered Males at different times in my Dog's life) she adored them and her behavior became more Lupine than Canine. She was like that from the day I brought her home because I put her on the Bed and she went to the foot of the Bed and slept between my feet. She was denning which is a Lupine behavior.

She was attacked 4 times in her life by German Shepherd Dogs. The Wolves always chased them away and the German Shepherd Dogs were ALWAYS off leash. They came out of nowhere. I dropped the Wolf's leash and he had them running to their owners. My Wolves always came when called and knew when the aggressive dog was back with the Owner that the job was done. My Basenji and my Wolves engaged in 'Mutual Grooming' which was amazing.

If you are not going to Breed a male Basenji then you should have him neutered. My first dog was a Beagle and he was a biter. My Dad took him to the Vet and the Vet neutered the dog and he was much calmer and never bit another person again.

I love this Breed and mine was a gorgeous Tri and she had a 'Bandit Mask' over her eyes so I knew from the day I met her that she had a 'life of crime' ahead of her. I adored her. These are very hard dogs to deal with but with some effort and understanding problems can be avoided. It is NEVER THE DOG'S FAULT.

Good luck!

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@jhewell I knew my Basenji from when she was 3 days old. I brought her home at age 12 weeks. She shrieked the entire way home. She had horrible separation anxiety so I took her everywhere with me except to the Grocery Store. She was raised with a Wolf and a Cat. That Cat was the Alpha. I had her for 16 years and this year would have been her 20th Birthday. I found that she did better when she was with the Wolf and the Cat but that did not stop the House destruction.

I found that she was trained by older well-trained dogs (a 2-year-old Labrador and a 15-year-old Mutt) because she modeled her behavior after theirs. Basenjis refuse to negotiate so you have to be one step ahead of them all the time. I miss my little dog like crazy and will eventually find a relative. She was an amazing dog and to know her was to love her.

When she died my Quarterhorse was puzzled because she no longer went with me to the Horse Farm. He used to let her sleep on him in the Summer and would nudge her with his nose so she would roll off of him and move out of his way so he could stand up. By all means get another Dog or a Cat. The Cats are very good at defending themselves and a Female Dog of a similar size would be the best. Good luck and don't give up!

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Good Morning,

You are correct and the Copyright Act has many parts. Public Domain changed due to Justice Ginsberg's Opinion for the Majority. People still let their family share books and DVD's etc. so to say that this is illegal is just nuts. The Justice decided that films not made in the US were not Public Domain in the US BUT are considered Public Domain in other Countries. 'Things to Come' is a film from the late 1930's that addresses the end of the World. It is a very famous film but fell into the Public Domain as the Copyright was never renewed due to the death of Alexander Korda and his son. Their entire catalog of films are Public Domain everywhere but the US.

Fair Use still applies and if Professors were using films for educational purposes then they should not have been sued. If I were one of those Professors, I would have gotten myself an attorney and fight it all the way to the Supreme Court. They would definitely be granted the Writ without a problem. The US filmmakers take any opportunity to go after what they think is infringement on their rights, the Music Industry is worse as these files are easier to share.

You are correct about this entire issue being rooted in 'Shades of Grey' (the Penumbra) and the decision did not make anything that much more clear; the Books issue is still going on!



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Hi Pat,

I understand about having many Bitches together at the same time. They 'Synchronize'. Mares do this as do all females, but Mares are much bigger than a Basenji. One must tread lightly when the Mares are in Season as they get nasty; even the sweetest of them will throw a kick or try to bite.

My dog was born on December 23,1998. Her birth was in line with everything I have read about these dogs; the literature states that the breed usually has litters of 5 puppies which are always born in December. I also know why people 'Line Breed', they want to either improve the breed by breeding out negatives such as Fanconi which is a good thing, but more often they want to develop their Line that is slightly different from other Breeders dogs. How often do you add a new bloodline to your breeding program?

Anecdotal evidence has proven that Line Breeding has a negative impact on the animals, be it dogs, cats, or horses. Horses are the best example of Line Breeding resulting in disaster. There are only Two bloodlines available to breed the American Thoroughbred, and these horses are not better in any other Country. They are frail and they break down in Training, snap bones during races and it is horrible. I rescue off track Horses that have a chance of recovery through proper rehabilitation and management practices.

I understand what you are saying, I am merely reporting what I have read about the breed. I miss my 'Wild Thing' every day and I will get another if not this year, then next. I generally rescue animals; horses, dogs, cats and sometimes neutered male Omega Wolves that were dumped in the dog pound. My Basenji was the first and only animal I have ever paid for.

My little dog adored the Wolves and she imprinted on the first one and since then, she decided that Canines were inferior and she mimicked the Wolf's behavior. They engaged in Mutual grooming. Tiggy would wash the Wolf's face and ears. Then he stood up and returned the favor. The Wolves were 'Omegas' which means they were afraid of everything. They were incredibly gentle so I never had a problem with them.

I have also heard that some Amish are breeding Basenjis and that is a concern as they do not consider animals sentient beings, rather they are to be used to make money. Every Monday in New Holland, PA, the livestock auction has old Mules and Horses brought by the Amish simply because they want to get every last cent out of the animal. Horse slaughter is actually illegal by virtue of the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958. The USDA fails to enforce the statute. It is brutal as the horses and their cousins regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck by the Captive Bolt or a .22 Caliber Rifle. There was some fool in Iowa that wanted to open DOG SLAUGHTERHOUSES to deal with the over population of dogs in the US. That clearly did not happen but one has to be aware of the World as a whole and how animals are treated in other Countries. I am worried about what is happening in the Congo, that area of the World is so unstable that the dog owners may be attacked and the dogs killed.

I do a lot of research and if you find what I say boring, it is tiresome to me! I have been fighting to make the Laws stronger to treat all animals better. Puppy Mills are a scourge that were created by the USDA during the Dustbowl. Those people have been breeding those dogs since the 1940's and there are 3 USDA Inspectors that have the task of inspecting all the dogs in the Mills. Those Mills should be shut down by USDA forever but when you see how crazy that Agency is, it will never happen. I have a Veterinarian on the Board of Directors of my Rescue; he is a former USDA Chief Inspector and he was a Whistleblower because the animals were not being treated humanely.

It all ties in and we love the animals and want to be sure that the best survive so there is no chance of losing a species. There are hundreds of species that are Endangered but the Endangered Species List is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service which has been proven to be the most corrupt agency of them all.

Thanks for the information, and your dogs are gorgeous!


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I said I could put it on one of my servers but I did not. Thanks.

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Good Morning Jolanda!

It is just frustrating to be treated in such an unfriendly manner. As if I would do anything that is illegal is complete folly. Indeed there is great info here but as we live with our Basenjis we learn new things about them. For instance, my dog did not Yodel until she was 14. She always 'Rooed' which I loved and the Yodel was hilarious. She really was a little clown and she would stomp her little front feet if she was waiting too long for something such as her dinner, a treat, or her walk. That was so funny I always reacted as she was correct! I missed the time and she knew it. 🙂

These are such enchanting little dogs and I am completely devoted to the Breed and seeing it continue in a genetically viable manner. I don't know if you know anything about horses, but horses are problematic in the US. Backyard breeders breed too many and when they cannot sell them they send them to kill. The Thoroughbred is Line Bred and there are only 2 bloodlines left. That is a huge problem as these horses are not hardy, they break down at the track, they snap legs at the track, in short, not one of them is fit to be a racehorse of any kind.

This breed needs to be conserved but it takes a lot of money and we would have to breed our hardiest mare with an Egyptian Arabian stud and go from there. The foundation horses for the Thoroughbred were 2 Arabians and a Turk (now extinct). I do not think we could ever conserve the Basenji or the Ridgebacks in this manner. I am wondering if the dogs we have tried to collect Semen from are strictly American dogs. Have we tried with dogs in other parts of the world?

I just worry as I love all animals and do my best with the horses to rescue and rehab them, and retrain them to find suitable homes from them. I do not sell them at first, I wait about a year to see how things work out. I get calls for Dogs and Wolves but not any lately. I am still terribly sad over losing my little girl whom can never be replaced. I adored that dog beyond imagination.

Thanks so much for responding Jolanda and have a great day with your Kaiser. I have to get back to work!



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