Gosh, Basenjis. Possibly the "ne plus ultra" of dogs. We co-habit with (ha! More like daily defer to) a 10- year old 3/4 Basenji rescue named Izzy-Bella from a shelter in Iowa. Ten years old, really? Does she know she is a senior dog citizen?? Nope, no way no how. True, the early toddler pre-teen destruction genes have largely subsided, and escape artistry has dissipated, due to highly focused parental restraints; but the basic demented Basenji-ness still flourishes. For which we are thankful, as she makes us laugh at and love her every single day.
Well, maybe not when she still pees in totally inappropriate places. My oriental bedroom rug is NOT a Congolese forest floor, Izzy. You get massive numbers of walkies every single day, so what's up? And do not even TRY to blame the cat. Trevor is a saint. Well, except maybe when he throws up breakfast every other day. . .
I love animals. Do goldfish have bad habits??
I am pretty sure you can't just look at a mix and declare what it is. Scientific studies have debunked that over and over. Best to do a DNA test, in my opinion. I have a mix who was advertised as a Basenji Mix, and her DNA results confirmed it. If you just looked at her and made a judgement, it would be mixed: her color was all askew, her tail was half-curled, she was smaller and featured more slender face and feet than a pure-bred B.
But, apparently, the 1/4 Min Pin (the ONLY other DNA in her sample) contributed some significant traits. Behavior and personality wise, Basenji rules the day. Again, I recommend a DNA test, and they improve by the day.
What is this other B identity thing that is mentioned in this thread? Is it also a DNA test, or something else?
Oh, and hey, your baby is way cute!
Oh gosh, these are wonderful and too funny stories. Basenjis are just simply the "ne plus ultra" best.
My Izzy-Bella was pretty ornery early on, after being adopted at 18 months. She was a pip, destroying many minor items and one major item: the den window blinds and window sill. She was always "on point" high alert for squirrels in the back yard, and she hurled herself from the back of the couch into the windows.
Over the years, she has mellowed, and destruction is confined to tissues, preferably used ones. I think tissues and other forms of paper are sort of a special food treat for Basenjis. Strange and weird, but it's Basenjis, who are the epitome of strange and weird. AND--THE
BEST. Why would you want a boring dog when you could have a Basenji??
Rooing: Izzy does a beautiful expressive Roo when I initiate it. It is truly sublime. (Hers, not mine). We are pursuing a record contract.
I think the more important issue about adopting a Basenji revolves around their unique personalities, not their possible (and spurious) non-allergenic characteristics. Basenjis are indescribably UNIQUE. I have a 3/4 Basenji, but she is a total Basenji, through and through. To the potential adopter: are you prepared for unbridled destruction, an independent personality, the need to RUN (we B owners acknowledge the Basenji 500, an indoor Olympic-style run around and around and around the house, over beds and chairs and couches and tables and cats. It's pretty funny and totally delightful, but it emphasizes the need for Basenjis to run, like they're chasing prey in Africa.
Basenjis are notoriously destructive. I was associated with a group of B owners who regaled in the destruction wrought by their dogs and awarded ribbons for the best destructive Basenjis. (My Izzy has several ribbons--she was SO bad, early on). The point here is, it's a special person who adopts and embraces a Basenji. You can't zero in on allergy issues, because those are the least of your worries. These dogs are independent-minded, therefore, not easy to train; they are escape artists and should not be off of the leash; they are totally stupid when it comes to traffic ; they are hunters in Africa, so they are all about chasing the prey, and that's why you keep them close by and tied tight.
You need to research this very special and unique breed in depth before bringing one into your home.
My 3/4 Basenji Izzy-Bella is a TOTAL all-out lap dog, bar none. My lap has never, in 8 1/2 years, EVER been my own. It belongs to Izzy, who also claims the space between my legs, UNDER the bed covers, every single night. And based on my years of communication with a Basenji owners website, these are both totally Basenji behaviors. Think about the origin of these dogs: living outdoors in the Congo among a "clan/pack" of hunting dogs. They sleep together in a cluster, much like puppies, kittens, mice, gerbils, and other small animals. Your single Basenji claims it's people as its clan/pack, hence the sleeping and lap- claiming behaviors. It is most certainly a Basenji "thing."
Izzy-Bella never initiates a genuine "roo," but she almost always responds to my
roos. And once she gets going, it is truly
sublime and quite hilarious. We should cut a record. She also more often does that "rarrrr" sound that somebody recently mentioned. It can be quite expressive and seems to be her version of communicating with The Dadster that it's time for a meal or a walk after that meal. It's pretty funny, and we know exactly what she wants. Then, after her peculiar noises, she runs laps through the house. This dog just turned ten, but acts more like a toddler than she did when she WAS a (rescued) 18-month old toddler.
We have an almost-ten year old rescue Basenji mix (3/4 Basenji and 1/4 Min Pin) named Izzy-Bella. She is the singularly most delightful, funniest,
smartest, intuitive dog ever. She does baroo, but not spontaneously on her own. When she is kind of excited for whatever reason, I start my humanoid version of roos, and pretty soon she joins in. We make beautiful music together (Ha!!!!). Anyway, my point is that maybe if you initiate the rooing,
your B might respond.