I assume you're in France too. Remember too that some Basenjis will never be crated even though every method has been used to train them. If she is happy there, a bed on the floor of your room is ideal. Although you have explained why you are trying to move her I don't understand your reasoning. Let her sleep where she is happy and not distressed, please. When she is older she may accept being moved. You say that you've been moving her bed gradually hasn't been successful. If I'm correct in my understanding you've only had he a week so I would say that your attempts to move her are too quick. Please give her more time to work out that that it could be just as good. Personally, if it were me I'd give her much more time to adjust between each small movement of her bed., say every three weeks or even more.
Again with her toilet training - a Basenji may be perfectly clean indoors when she leaves her previous owner or breeder and relapse for a while until she gets used to routines. If she doesn't improve take her back to basics. One can never compare one Basenji with another and particularly with another breed. Most primitive dogs are far removed in their instincts from more man-made breeds.
Please don't say that she's getting more troublesome day after day, she's a baby remember -she may need you to adapt to her. I don't mean spoil her by any means. Be firm but very kind.
It may be that you didn't do enough research before you decided to have a Basenji, discuss her with her breeder and I hope she may be able to give more advice than you get here because she knows her own puppies better than any of us.
I disagree about Basenjis not being outdoor dogs although I personally, wouldn't consider such a thing. I do know of examples of Basenjis being kept outside. Indeed in early years it was not uncommon because there were several big kennels whose Basenjis were kept outside in comfortable housing. They were given every attention and spent time indoors in small groups as well. They were exercised very well but of course because of numbers, less than if they had been fewer. When fostered on or sold they adapted very quickly to being indoor dogs. Basenjis are actually extremely adaptable. Of course then, their breeders didn't have away jobs as well and their entire time could be devoted to their dogs.
Back to your problem with Belle. Can you take her into the house and the others outdoors? She would obviously have to be confined when the other two had their house time? That is of course after all veterinary checks suggested and confirmed that there is no physical problem.
Yes, in my experience age at death does vary. It was always said (at least as far back as I remember) that a Basenji's average is 13. This despite the fact that there were records of them living much longer. The oldest authenticated age was 23 but I would say that is an exception. Despite many very long lives, there are also those that die quite young. Mine have varied between 12 months and 18 years.
Your boy sounds wonderful and may he have many more years.
Most of what you mention about Harry and equate to Autism are very much a Basenji's reaction to lack of socialisation at the right time. Although I don't doubt dogs can develop autism, I don't see anything particularly strange. For instance, failing to respond to his name can be typical of a Basenji who just doesn't want to. My boy is an absolutely 'normal' Basenji and he often won't respond to his name. I could go through your list and point out everything but for another example - not every Basenji likes to be cuddled and in my experience won't wag its tail much. I've had some that never do in pleasure but will do a slow wag of aggression or suspicion. He sounds as though he's just being rather controlling. You've obviously done a great deal with him but he's learned to get what he wants from you and has trained you quite well! Not looking you in the eye is strange as most Basenjis will do just that. I'd love to see a picture of him - he sounds quite a big boy at 35lbs. You obviously love him dearly and have reached a liveable compromise with him. He sounds a very intelligent dog. Well done.
I totally agree with you regarding this breeder - something has gone badly wrong when a litter terrifies its sibling, The fact that it was small does not mean that the rest will gang up on it. In those circumstances I would not even have the pup leave home unless it was to a very experienced Basenji owner and I would have been in constant touch.
It is very hard to let this puppy go and I do sympathise with you, Takoda but I would never let it go back to its breeder, contract or no contract. I obviously have no experience with BRAT, but from what I have learnt from others, they would have been an excellent choice. A puppy should never be willingly passed from hand to hand like this. If this puppy were my own I couldn't be more worried than I am now.
Is the trainer familiar with Basenjis or primitive breeds at all? Snapping randomly shouldn't be an uncurable problem at 13 weeks. An expert trainer might only be expert with the majority of breeds but not Basenjis. Personally, I'd go back to basic training and carefully get her to accept all forms of handling. Yes, I agree she is at a distinct disadvantage having been removed from her mother at such an early age but with care and good socialisation, she can become much better. Bite control is a good start because this is what they learn at a very early age from siblings and their dam. Above all, if you do need a personal trainer select one with care. Find out their methods before employing and please don't move from one to another. There are many experts on Basenji behaviour on this forum who will be able to advise on the best methods.
Yes, we are very privileged to have Basenjis in our lives. They have been in my heart since I first fell in love with the then Belgian Congo, many many years ago. I have lived with them on and off for over 70 years and associated with them more than that. There is no other breed for me although I have had some others over the years. Alas, I have my last one now as I couldn't possibly hope to give the care needed to another dog at my age. (I do have a part in others