First off, please try to stay non-judgmental. We would like nothing more than to keep him and free ourselves of worry. My partner and I are just uncertain about what will be best for this dog. We adopted our Basenji-Cross, named Thabo, from the SPCA a few months ago. At the time I did some breed research and found out that Basenji's were affectionate dogs but very energetic and easily distracted. Since then I've been told that Basenji puppies socialize more aggressively than other dogs and are prone to aggression with other breeds. Please correct me if this is a untrue.
Thabo is probably crossed with a german shepard or collie. He is about 65lbs. From what I've researched I believe his aggressive behavior towards dogs is fear based. When we adopted Thabo we were told he was three years old when he is in fact less than a year. We were hoping to adopt an older dog because our other dog a male golden retriever-collie, named Lebowski, is only a year old as well. They play pretty rough and my partner is concerned that if we keep Thabo it will affect Lebowski's behaviour.
We live in a basement apartment in a rural town. Right now my partner is on Summer Vacation so he is able to take the dogs into the yard to run around several times a day but soon he will be back at work. We are able to run and swim our dogs down by the river but Thabo must be kept on a long rope and once my partner is back at work we will only able to get them out for a walk before work, a pee-break at lunch, and a longer walk or run at night. We have been aiming to get Lebowski well trained enough to run off leash while we are bike riding on trails or jogging. I am concerned that because of Thabo's aggressive behavior towards other dogs and his insatiable desire to hunt birds it won't be safe to bring him along. Running in the yard or in a field isn't nearly enough to exhaust this little guy.
This evening we are having a dog trainer come into our home for a visit, we are hoping she can shed some light on his behavior.
Our landlord is anxious about us having Thabo and gave us an ultimatum that we need to muzzle him when we have him outside, or find a new place to live.
I'm not sure we have all the resources to give Thabo the attention he needs. I know we're probably not the first people to make this mistake and I feel terrible. Has anyone one else had to make this type of decision? I know every dog is different but can aggressive Basenji's be retrained and trusted to be off leash and with other dogs?