One of my favorite photos of my basenji Kembe. She loves to sit on her heated pad @ the picture window. This photo happen to be taken on FLAG DAY! How appropriate with the basenji silhouette!
Basenjis want to be near “their people”. We become part of their pack. My basenji watches everything I do and wants to be “part of the family”. She knows EVERYTHING that goes on in this house. You might want to reconsider getting a basenji unless you are able to fully accommodate the dog. My basenji does have access to a doggie door - but I would NEVER leave her outside alone 6-7 hours even w/ the accommodations you mention. Having a basenji is like having a 3 year old CHILD - it’s a LIFETIME COMMITMENT! And it’s our responsibility to give the Basenji the BEST possible life it deserves. The basenjis will give back to you more than you’ll ever given them.
Our basenji slept in our bed for the past 14 and a half years. I never in a million years would have thought my husband would have ever allowed it - but he is also crazy about our dog. About 9 months ago I had to put a doggie bed in our bedroom for her to sleep - with her age I was too afraid she might jump off or accidentally fall off and get hurt. To think years ago she use to jump on and off that bed with ease - then a few years ago I had to pick her up and put her on the bed and now I’m fearful that she’ll fall off or hurt herself - it has been a journey. It’s sad that it has come to this - but she’s still happy and definitely wants to be in our bedroom to sleep. Basenji want to be with their pack.
She is ADORABLE - a real cutie! As @eeeefarm stated some more information might give some more clues. There was recently a post “Marvin...Basenji”? - many of us thought he was definitely part basenji - when the DNA results came back - 0% basenji. So you never know!
@JENGOSMonkey provided you with a SPOT-ON response. You may also want to read “Zande’s PUT-OFF list” @ http://www.zandebasenjis.com/ to see if a basenji is for really for you. You asked really good questions on considering a basenji and hopefully this will help you in your decision. Best wishes on your search for a dog - whatever breed that might be!️
My B has a few lipomas (fatty lumps) due to her advanced age - but they do not bother her and do not cause her any pain. (And the vet has identified them as lipomas). You really need to have him checked by a vet. Hope it’s nothing serious.