I've been involved with Basenjis for many years and can only remember one occasion where one Basenji was startled by one particular noise ( ice cream mixer van starting up), otherwise they seem completely immune to noises even the loudest ones. Of course there will always be the odd exception.
@eeeefarm She does look long in the back, I agree, but, Strawberrykiwi, in my opinion she is far more basenji-like than many pictured on this forum an recognised as 'might be basenjis'. She is certainly a sweetie. I'd chance my arm and say that she is possibly a cross Basenji. I've seen many in my long Basenji associated life that have been very similar and pure bred. I accept that many people concern themselves as tho their rescue's genetics but personally think "Does it matter?" she is obviously loved and in my current and future !Basenjiless state would love to have her in my home. .
You seem to have heard negative things about the Basenji. It is certainly untrue that they are not affectionate. They certainly are and are not stubborn Tanza is correct and always comes up with the right answers to queries such as yours. Please listen to her she has years of experience, I too have many years of experience with this beloved and interesting breed and totally agree with her. I hate to hear the advice to squeeze their noses to stop them biting. Firstly I should say please don't take on a pup who is too young to leave his mother and litter siblings. It is here where they learn that biting actually can hurt. This is your first step to stopping biting. Then , as Tanza says yelp and tell them no and turn away. Offer them a satisfactory alternative. In my experience if this doesn't work it is because the wrong noise has been used. You'll soon learn which noise is effective. Never turn it into a battle. You are approaching this in the right way - plenty of research and forward planning.
I only neuter my females when absolutely necessary for physical health reasons. I do not neuter males. When I was young and very ignorant I had a male neutered because the person from whom I fostered him suggested that I do. I leave them entire for all the reasons that Zande has indicated and many more. Having said that, I accept that it has to become a necessity for some owners because of their circumstances. It doesn't cure any of the problems that are suggested however in my opinion.
I_ totally empathise with all of you regarding canine dementia. The vet first obviously but please have a look at the Facebook page where you will find loads of helpful advice. I have stayed as a member after Tifi died (naturally, I should add) purely to be able to give help where I can.
I was at my wits' end when totally out of character she seriously attacked her brother who previously she adored. I consulted a behaviourist who was not at all useful. I was considering having her put down but then heard of a book 'Remember Me' by Eileen Anderson that I mention in my earlier post.
It was a turning point for Tifi and me. I joined the CCD Facebook group and found others very helpful.
She improved using various medicines and techniques and went on to have a happy life until finally her kidney function packed up and she died very peacefully one night having looked into my eyes and said her goodbye. She was 15. Unless you've been through this it is so easy to talk of lack of quality of life and selfishness. Give your dogs a chance, please.
Hugs to you all.
My Tifi had CBD in her later years. There is an excellent group on FB who will recommend various medications that help. It's usually necessary to find a balance that'll help. Hopefully, your vet will also prescribe something. If you can join you'll find a great band of friends who understand.
Tifi enjoyed her last years and had a great quality of life although when she first developed it, like you, I thought that she might have to be 'put to sleep'. Please give him a chance and you will find great benefits.
Eileen Anderson has written 'Remember Me. Loving and Caring for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction' which is available on Amazon and is a really worthwhile and helpful book.
Listen to your gut feeling. Stop any behaviour that you're not happy with, eeefarm makes a good suggestion to enforce the stop command by having a lead attached that you can step on when necessary. Your B may just be copying by growling but remember she may not! Yes, Basenjis will growl as they play but the meaning is usually fairly obvious when you watch or listen carefully. It appears that you have quite a complicated series of events - try to deal with one thing at a time but always be on the alert. As others have advised, please don't leave them alone together when you're not there. As you indicate that she has a hard head with the rest of the family this would still apply when you're away. Eventually, with determination you'll obtain equilibrium.
Otis looks extremely cute and loveable. Siz and weight are within Basenji Parameters. The pose that others post are Basenji like are a standard play bow exhibited by dogs of all varieties so not really indicative. You're naturally curious but when it comes down to it I'm sure DNA results will not make an iota of difference in your love for Otis..
Check with a specialist about the tumour. Is it definitely contained in the toe? If it's spread I wouldn't have it cut into as I feel that this can set off increased growth. As to having a toe removed, one of my bitches had a toe on her front foot removed because it was badly damaged. The vet said that she would always limp but she was back in the show ring after the operation and not one judge she went under noticed the missing toe! She moved as perfectly as ever.
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.
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.
He's most certainly got a lot of Basenji in him and could possibly 'pass'!! Joking apart, check out his bark - the noise is made differently to other dogs as Sally has explained. He seems rather big for a basenji and his coat looks rather longer.. Does his tail curl over his back? Its loose from the photograph but Basnjis will stand like that at times. Whatever he looks a lovely boy.
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.