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.
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There are so many available a Basenjis that need a good home.
Please do your HOMEWORK so you know what you're getting into.
Basenjis are a beautiful breed that require a lot of attention but they will bring you so much satisfaction and love. Good luck!
Go w/ the young adult if you have the opportunity.Back 12 years ago when I was in search of a Basenji puppy - the breeder talked me into a 1 year old who was returned to her due to a divorce. I had my heart set on a puppy - she said "puppy stage is short-lived" - think of the advantages of having a dog that is potty trained -yet still young. It was a blessing in disguise- my dog has NEVER pooped or peed in my house - she turned out to be the most PERFECT BASENJI I could ask for - my brother who is a basenji owner says - my basenji is 1 in a million - I hit jackpot - she is PERFECT - I love her and could not live w/out her. BEST DOG IN THE WORLD!!!
He is ADORABLE ! Looks very mischievous - especially the photo of him laying on his side! You need to keep him busy and TIRE him out - make sure you give him multiple daily walks so that he can investigate his surroundings and burn off some energy! You can tell from the photos that he is SMART! That's what makes him dangerous - smarter than a 5th grader - lol! Beautiful dog!
You are absolutely right! I can READ my Basenji and know exactly what she's thinking but she can also read me. I think back 12 1/2 years ago when I first got her - in the first two weeks she was able to take off on me where I was chasing her around the neighborhood - it has NEVER HAPPEN SINCE - as I had to become SMARTER than her. It definately takes a different kind of mind-set when dealing w/ a Basenji. I did take my basenji to doggie school which I feel was extremely beneficial- it trained ME how to deal w/ her- lol. Keeping them active is so important - I walk my dog three times a day for a total of 3-5 miles per day. This keeps her stimulated, active, and out in the fresh air. I would hate anyone not to experience the love and satisfaction of having a Basenji but I think they must understand the work and commitment of owning such a a regal breed. It's not fair to the dog unless you're willing to give 110%!
I agree with all the comments made by the other contributors of this forum. Even though my basenji has free run of my home and she’s not destructive and has access to a doggie door - I would NEVER leave her alone for 8 hours.
My husband recently asked me if I’d get another basenji and I really am not sure. I love my dog as if she were my own child and she brings me such joy and happiness - that said it takes a tremendous amount of commitment and responsibility to give this breed what they deserve. As I get older, I don’t know if I can give a basenji what they need and deserve. I walk Kembe EVERY day - 2 to 3 Xs a day - for a total of 3- 5 miles - they need to be physically and mentally stimulated and challenged. When it rains or snows, I drive her to an underpass where I walk her (when it’s raining or snowing - she makes a beeline to my vehicle - she knows). In fact she KNOWS everything that goes own in our house because she watches and listens to EVERYTHING we do. Basenjis are an incredible breed, I’m glad you’re doing your homework and asking the right questions.
Welcome to the Forum - Little Roo is very cute. As far as Basenjis being destructive - they can be (especially if bored) - it depends on the individual dog. Luckily my B has never been destructive. The worse thing I’ve seen her do is - if she’s mad at you - she’ll find something that belongs to you - bring it in front of you and violently shake it - it’s very funny. My B was crate-trained but I slowly left her alone by increasing the time increments. She has free reign of our house, access to the outdoors via doggie door and has never destroyed anything. My friend has 2 Bs that she always crates when they are not home. Her Bs can be destructive , go into the garbage cans, and try to “counter surf” - fortunately I’ve never had those problems.
BTW - this little dog will bring you so much joy and happiness! Congratulations!