My dear, you do sound as if you live in the land of Oz. Please for your sake and the sake of a basenji, do not do it. I assume. 3rd fl walk up has other occupants. Have you ever heard an unhappy basenji...scream. You will have land lord and possibly law enforcement knocking on your door if you leave a young basenji alone for the time you are talking about in or out of a crate. Balcony....everyone is trying to be polite in their answers but i cannot. You are inviting disaster. I have been exactly where you Re and let me list the problems. Police at my door twice because i kept saying i have a basenji...it can not be mine making the noise. A screened in porch, with shards of screen and and no door, oops found it on the side of the house. Third time is the charm...drapes and venetian blinds, entire side of an upholstered chair, woodwork, edge of stair case. By then i thought a muzzle if I had to go out. Nope, muzzle was in three pieces. Poor sweet little guy was shuffled off to a rescue.....this all happened years and years ago. I still feel guilty..i am sorry if I offend but someone has to say it. To many basenjis needing rehoming and are just being put down for behaviors. over the years paid my dues with two rescues to make up for my mistakes, 5 others have helped me get over my uneducated stupidity.
if you are,still there...
I HAVE ONLY ONE recommendation...find a Corgi breeder, a first or last time dog...play mate loyal, eager to learn anything. Trust worthy honest pal. I have owned basenjis for 35 years but have had corgis in my life. The only problem is hair but a good brushing a couple times a week....problem solved.
You did not do your homework with your malinois . You could have spared yourself, your friends and most of all your dog. A brilliant animal with certain characteristics, most of which not suitable for apartment dwelling. A Shepherd,, then a herder, then a working dog, i.e. a police canine. After the biting incident with friends,you and the dog should have gone to a trainer, a behavior professional someone with the intelligence enough to tell you you have probably chosen the wrong breed. Have you had close personal time with basenjis and their owners. How much do you really understand about the breed. Do you know they are a primitive breed only in the Civilized world less then 100 years. Do you know why the majority of owners do not let them off leash unless they are in a safe area. Do you understand that a basenji must never be struck, even gently, when disciplining them. Did you ever hear a basenji when it is upset or lonely. Do you know how long they can scream if unhappy. I may sound harsh but my first experience with a basenji..started with police at my door, neighbor complaining when i was not home. Then a completely destroyed screened summer,porch, and then destroyed living room, including drapes chairs and carpeting because i had to leave for a couple of hours with him in a large kitchen, gated. Which he climbed. Eventually i had to give him up to a shelter. That was 35 years ago, 20 yrs later i tried again, after doing due diligence. And now have learned to love and understand basenjis with all my heart and mind. You probably will not find a puppy this year, but you can get on a breeders list for next year. Gives you sufficient time to educate yourself and make a happy life for you and your,dog.
Just as an aside. Everything i have read about basenjis in africa has said that they are treated as great treasures. They live, sleep and eat in the homes of the natives. They are excellent hunters and honored in the family. When some breeders went to Africa they found natives reluctant to sell their animals and were costly when they agreed to sell. A basenji is often in the bride price. After thousands of years being treated as family it is not unreasonable to think they were bred for this attribute. Therefore being a totally out door dog is not in puppys best interest nor yours. I have had dogs all my life and have not found one as destructive and difficult to train as our dear basenjis can be, if bored or discontented. You do her nor yourself , no favors to keep her under those circumstances. Just saying...
When your heart is broken
In a million pieces
And you have no tears left to cry
You lay your hand
Upon his head
And whisper in his ear
Of times and fun gone by
The pain is over whelming
As you do what must be done
Remember as he lies so still
That his last race is won.
If i were doing it would be a corgi. Hands down. Mybasenjis were one tri and one red. My grandaugher had one tri and one red. Corgi. The first time they met it was ️️️️ Mine were girls and hers were boys and they paired up to color. Red with red and tri with tri. Corgies a delight, but way toooo much hair for me. But i would do it in a heart beat if necessary
Thank you so much. These days we must expect a rush for tomato ketchup and cooking oil. But seriously the oil sound like a great idea. As i write our girl found a tiny bit of pine on her carpal pad. I found it and place a pad soaked in oil and hubby held it on for bit. Indeed it did loosen a gob of it but there was a smidgen left. Once she discovered oil she licked the residue of both oil and pine sap. Thanks to all who responded. Joan