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
You've obviously had a very difficult time these past years. He was obviously not socialised at all and obviously came from an irresponsible breeder. Adding to the fact that you didn't understand him at first probably made matters worse. This is a warning to others not to buy a Basenji 'off the cuff' but to contact a reputable breeder who will have reared her puppies correctly and socialised them well. It sounds as though his fear of outside stems from being confined since babyhood. No wonder the person who sold him to you disappeared!
In my opinion, it would be better to feed him a more balanced diet. It is never a good idea to encourage Basenjis to eat your food. Mine are fed on raw meat, including some organ meat, and a good organic mixer biscuit. Have you tried to feed him raw? Far better than "everything and anything". Some foods make dogs hyper.
Best wishes for the future with him. You obviously love him very much.
I've got the same situation. Now my boy is left alone he no longer appears to be grieving but won't be left on his own now. We are currently only leaving him for 10 minutes or so as long as one of us can hear him and get back if need be. We'll increase the time until we're able to leave him for the necessary period. We intend to use the same routine as when his sister was alive.
He looks a delightful chap and full of fun. His coat colour looks the same as Basenji red/white. You'll just have to patiently wait for the DNA results! Please do let us know your results. I'd be very interested to know.
MorseSA - Accidental matings do happen you know. Jaxyboy101 - In my opinion this post shouldn't have been directed at you. It's so good to know that there are people like you who adopt these dogs. Hugs to you.
I agree that it's usually only necessary to reduce your Basenji's amount of food rather than a special diet when he/she is beginning to put on weight. That is if they are on an already balanced diet. During cold months I usually add a little, against during warm months. My vet used to ask "Show weight or normal weight?" !!. Noticing how slim some people keep their Basenjis and especially puppies, in the show ring I agree with him. I allow my old Basenis extra weight to help combat any wasting due to age. In my opinion, it's merely a matter of being aware that they are putting on unnecessary weight.
I'm not at all sure that neutering would stop him from looking for other dogs. Changing the walking routes would only mean a change in what he is sniffing. It seems to me that you have a worried dog which is shown by his posture. There are two things here - the sniffing is quite normal. When I walk my Basenjis they are constantly sniffing as they walk and stopping at places where the scent is strong - it is part of their enjoyment in the walk. The defensiveness is another matter. I have never found that treats are useful in training my dogs (I acknowledge that this doesn't apply to all Basenjis) particularly if they are anxious. Have you tried a training halter to help with stopping him from pulling? A good behaviourist might be able to help you with the anxiety and perhaps the training could involve some calmer dogs as well. You don't mention his age but I'm assuming he is a puppy as you say you are still leash training?
I don't think she has Basenji in her make-up but she's lovely. I am more au fait with Basenjis than other dogs so couldn't really guess her make-up. Be warned though that as soon as a dog of unknown origins has a curly tail and facial wrinkles people assume Basenji. If you desperately need to know, a DNA test could be the answer but I'm sure you love her whatever (and no wonder!).
Personally, I don't believe that being alone is any more difficult than having another puppy. After all, there's always a chance that he doesn't get on with the new one (little or adult). I totally agree that he'll benefit from having more attention and bonding with you. There's plenty of time later to think about having more Basenji company.
You know that you've made a mistake in giving them treats at an early stage of their introduction so now you know to do this in a different way. Just be patient and go back one space! When they are separated (when she has her op) again be wary when they are reunited. From now on I would feed treats or their meals side by side but in separate crates so that there is no chance of fighting. I don't think the fact that your male got the worst of the fight will be taken as a lesson by him, so be continue to be vigilant. Have you asked the breeder's advice too? She/he will have experience of the bitches temperament.
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.
To confirm what Tanza advises - please check that there are no health issues before deciding that it is just 'pickiness'. She might have digestive problems, in my opinion it's not usual for a pup to be so picky. All being physically well, why not try her with raw meat?
Welcome to the Forum, Packmom and to your little girl when she arrives. You've already received good advice so I won't add to it. You sound well prepared for the so-called problems but a Basenji will always find something that surprises you! I look forward to your stories about your new 'adventure' pup.
Phone numbers of secretaries - (Basenji Club of Great Britain excepted at present as he has recently moved.) AkmarbasenjisUK may have the new number. Basenji Owner and Breeders Assn. - 02392 504321, Northern Basenji - 01253 868830. The email address for the Basenji Club of Great Britain is email@example.com, I hope these are helpful to you.
@mani13, each of the UK bred clubs have FB pages and through them you can gain more information. They are - Basenji Club of Great Britain, Basenji Owners and Breeders Association and Northern Basenji. You can also message each of the secretaries of these clubs and they may have information about available puppies although this is rather late in the year. You now have the opportunity to contact breeders for future planned litters and get much more information about our beautiful breed. There is plenty of time for that until the next litters are born either later in the year or occasionally in mid-year. Some may be able to invite you into their Basenji homes so that you can assess whether this is truly the breed for you (they are not to everybody's taste!). Incidentally, Basenjis aren't brown (or at least shouldn't be!). I wish you every good luck and in the meantime also peruse the Basenji Forums. Where are you based in the UK?
I'm afraid that neutering isn't the answer to aggression - I know some assert this but it rarely has the desired effect. Training is the answer and I would advise you to consult a behaviourist who is knowledgeable about Basenjis. I do hope you can find the solution. You don't mention Lincoln's age.