Cast your net world wide. We looked looked for ours when we were in Hawaii. And the mainland, none. So we got our basenji from NZ. Cost was $2000 in 1960 but he was worth it.
What a wonderful memory! Your wisdom is valuable and so apt! Anyone looking for a Basenji should not limit themselves to one area, community, or region. It's clear that you treasured your pup and never regretted one penny of what it cost to get them home to you.
@morsesa - Please is this not a post done over and over?
It's okay @tanza, you may not realize that you repeat the same post over and over as well. Certain situations seem to call for the same, or very similar, responses.
Hair could be an issue as well. I shed when I brush my hair, toss and turn at night, etc. Every once in a while, doodle will ingest a stray strand of hair... when she "eliminates" it, it will often times result in a bit of solids dangling from her backside. It kind of freaks her out. I simply use the ever popular poop bag to assist in removing the dangling solid and any tether to it.
(that was the most polite way I could think of to describe it)
No dog is 100% hypoallergenic, but I would recommend something like a Poodle, Maltese, or Shnauzer. Basenji's shed. Their fur is very fine, and it's not always easy to see, but it ends up everywhere.
A dog is not going to prepare you for becoming a parent. It's just not the same thing. Not even close. If you want a dog, research the breeds and try to figure out which would be best for you and your wife. If the dog is only a "test run" for your parenting skills, you will be better off becoming a "big brother/sister" or "foster parents". Even just the classes for these activities would open your eyes to what being a parent entails.
Most dogs are family/pack oriented. Which is great, if you have kids and bring home a puppy. Not so much if your dog is raised without children in the home and then suddenly kids appear.
Sit down with your wife and think it through together. Consider all of your options. And make the best choice you can with the information you have. Good luck.
contributing to behavioral science implies observational rigor beyond faded old memories and from as many people as possible
excuse me... how does that relate to your claim that Basenji's "forget" how to bark? Basenji's don't bark because evolution altered their throat structure, not because they outgrew it. But I am curious about your claim that they can bark as puppies... where did you get your information?
Note that responsible breeders will "pick" the pup that best suits the potential home,
The potential owner still has a right to the final say, be it "yes" or "no".
as long as they can ship our dog to Sacramento or drive them here
Is there a reason you cannot travel to pick up the puppy?
Generally speaking, it is usually a good idea to meet the breeder and at least get a chance for a casual visual inspection of the premises. It's also makes more sense to select a pup based on it's response to you, rather than the way it looks in a picture. There are a lot of advantages to going to pick up the puppy yourself.
experience hearing basenjis bark? how old were they and did they 'grow out of it'
.... @mister-science, you suggested that Basenji puppies bark in the preceding post, so... perhaps you could share your experience with us. Did you hear Basenji puppies barking firsthand, or were you quoting something you read elsewhere?
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barking for instance is a normal canid puppy behavior and basenjis do it too until they are 'too old'
Adult Basenji's don't bark, but Basenji puppies do? That doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps one of our experienced breeder(s) could clarify this...