Very possibly…what does her tail do? Loop over her back?
yes - loops over her back - i'll try to get a picture. she curls it up a little at times, but usually it just stays right over her back.
we adopted daphne from a rescue in september, and they told us she was a dachshund/terrier mix.
after it took us a few weeks to hear any noise out of her, we were afraid that we had taken in a dog that had been very abused… but as she got to know us and came out of her shell, we realized she was just not a "bark-er"
we also started noticing some strange behaviors - random spurts of energy where she would run laps around the room, sitting upright on her bottom like a kangaroo, leaning, a few yodels here and there, the way that she washes herself like a cat, and her cute little play pouncing that resembles some strange cross between a cat-pounce and a bunny-hop.
i found a picture of a basenji online - not knowing what a basenji was, i started reading about them and i noticed some similarities - plus, watching videos on youtube, i was able to see how basenjis play, howl, etc.
so - having said all of that - i'm pretty convinced that daphne is part basenji... i can see a resemblance, however small it may be. if she were larger, i'd say she's a shepherd/basenji mix - but the thing is, she's so small - she's only 20lbs now at (guestimated) 1 year old.
what do you think? is it possible that our girl is part basenji?
She weighed 15lbs in October - they believe she is 10 months old. On all fours, she is approx. 16" tall - I'm not sure of her length, but I know that when I hold her like a baby with her head on my shoulder, her body is as long as my torso… I guess we should measure her, huh?
Basenji-like traits that she has:
I'm new here, so forgive me if this has been covered - but I did a search and couldn't find anything…
I've been noticing a bald spot on Daphne's neck - it's on the front, right where her collar sits - so I'm guessing that it's probably from the collar, right? She is pretty young and wants to chase the neighbors cats, so often she will pull hard against her leash when we go out - would that make sense for the bald spot?
Or, do I need to consider other possibilities? The skin is not irritated. She has bald underarms, as well, but has always been like that - and again, there is usually no irritation. We adopted her from an animal rescue in September, if that makes any difference...
New here - my name is Becca.
DH and I were "just looking" at an animal adoption day in Petco on Labor Day weekend, when this little girl caught our eyes:
The animal rescue had her listed as a dachshund/terrier mix. We decided to take her for a walk and when dh bent over to pick her up out of the pen, she seemed so bashful and hesitant to believe that he was trying to pick her up instead of her buddies in the pen with her. :rolleyes: Of course, in no time we were sold on keeping her and so we brought her home with us!
When it took us a week before we heard any sound from her at all, we were concerned that she was afraid due to (who knows what?) past experiences. As she warmed up to us and learned that she wouldn't be going back to the animal adoption event the following weekend, she began to gain more confidence and then we started hearing her strange yodels and other noises. Then, one day, I noticed a picture of a dog (on Google's 'Dog of the Day') that looked a bit like our Daphne, and found it's breed listed as Basenji. We started researching the breed and watching videos on youtube, and suddenly all of her goofy behaviors and noises made perfect sense. We are not sure if she is a Basenji mix, or if any of the information given to us by the rescue (regarding age, etc.) are accurate, but we love her, no matter what breed she is. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
Anywho, I found this forum and joined to learn more about our girl and to share stories and experiences with the rest of you… so, Hi!!