His name is Ricky...now 11 years old and such a great boy...but was not always like that! I have a question for anyone whom might have an answer...he has started trembling...it's kinda weird...but not always does this...does anyone ever/or has ever experienced this with their B? Other than that..in perfect health!
Ahhh..such great questions, good for you! Me, myself and I have owned many different breeds, but my ALL time favorite is the Basenji!! But you need to know that they are not for everyone, they are everything you have read about and MORE! Yes, they are real BRATS as little B's, but once you get thru the terrible 2's etc., they are really great!
Yes, they will and can destroy everything in their path, or not in their path because B's believe everything is their's..really they do.
I have rescued 2 and now only have one, Rickie, and believe me when I say he was a terrible guy at 1 1/2to about 5 years old. He is now 11 and what a GREAT guy he has become. I taught him early "those important Basenji rules" and this breed needs to know you are the master. Personally, I don't believe in crating, there have been terrible stories about Basenji's pulling out their teeth trying to get out..so baby gates do/don't work sometimes.
Do you have young children ( toddlers), please be aware that B's want to "NIP" and this may not be comfortable for you or the child. Yes, they can escape anything..anything! There is a collar called "the no-slip collar" which most are familiar with and I was advised to use ( which I have) on my B's. The B's little neck is the same size as there head ( width) so they can easily slip from a collar or a harness, which they cannot in the no-slip collar.
I really hope you get the breed you love...and if it is a Basenji, you and your family will be consistent and loving long enough to see and experience the wonders of this truly unique dog.
I adopted my guy when he was 1 1/2 and believe me he was a problem. He is however, the true Basenji African not American decent. It took alot of trials and learning on my part for gaining his trust and letting him know I was in charge! Listen, he attack me more times than I care to recall, and have the scars to show for it. Here are some clues I have learned along the way for most Basenji's...food is really important..no wheat, corn or soy at all...many Basenji's are highly allergic and they actually get a very pink tummy on their under side, and treats are the same. Some meats are too high in protein, for my boy I get organic white chicken breast and cook them in the oven and use in his dry food. The dry food i use is called Wild Feast Grain Free. No grains, soy, wheat or oats! Yep...my boy has not always been the most friendly guy you would meet, but now as he has gotten older, now 11, he is/has been a great boy! Personally I believe it takes special humans to have a Basenji...no other like them!
I had a girl named Emma, rescued her in Ca. from Medfly Briggade. Emma I think was part pit and Basenji, but what a sweetheart! She was 3 when I got her and 18 when she passed, just of old age. She too was brindle with all the white socks etc.,....beautiful dog!
Good for you for bringing her a new and wonderful life!
I now have only Rickie, which is now 10, rescued him at 1 yr old, get dog also, but was a handful in the beginning. YES...they are so smart!