Len aka Redial
I have had Basenjis since 1973, and done the apprenticeships of handling, showing, stewarding, and since 1990 judging hounds. I have four at home, one of each colour, and two boys and two girls. I am no longer breeding, but I have learnt a lot from my Bs.
Dagodingo has the nub. A tired Basenji, is a good Basenji. Do not exercise her though, to the extent she is bone weary - it is not good for a pup to undergo forced exercise. Exercise frequently should do it, then she will used to giving up the check chain, without biting.
A person I know sometimes chastises her pups by grabbing each side of their neck and vigourously, but carefully, shake them with a NO in their face. Just like her mother would do.
Someone had a recipe for liver cookies, that I used to make for a previous generation, but can't remember the ingredients, apart from the ground liver. The dogs loved it. I am not allowed in the kitchen, so I don't make a mess anymore, but I used to make a soup with ox cheek and lots of mixed soup vegetables, and dried lentils and "stuff". Anything you can eat the Bs will certainly try it, but, like some people, they are not fond of vegetables of the leafy kind.
My girl has never really had a curved tail, and more recently she has sometimes drooped more, but I think it is just muscles starting to get old more. I find even the tight curly ones will unwind when they are sleeping, when they are eating, and when they are relaxed. Don't rush to the vet, but next time you go, get the vet to check her for something,other than age.
Hi there. Welcome to Django as well. A fine photo. I have four, each a different colour, and I find getting a good photo of the Black and White the hardest, as sometimes their features disappear, especially their eyes and forehead. I am sure you will have a mountain of fun with him.
With Basenji, the initial cost price is not that bad. When you consider that most of the time they are low maintenance, but still need to be seen by a vet occasionally for vaccinations, and a good vet, or insistence by me, they will check the pup/adult thoroughly. I have a 12yo, and she developed diabetes, but now she takes the injection of insulin twice a day, without snarling and snapping. I admit, she was definitely overweight, but now she has trimmed down she has responded to her diet and medications, very well.
As to a breeder near Columbus OH, that would be CarolAnn Worsham, I am not sure of her breeding program, or whether pups would be available, but ask. She would be a great mentor as well. She breeds Africans, with gentle natures, and a quirkiness that an African Basenji seems to ingrain into their personality.
Keep smiling, and ask questions as much as you like - you will always get someone to respond. You will learn so much.
Yes, as Tanza said, get mentored. The knowledge that can be learned is invaluable, but be careful. You have to come to some agreement how knowledge will be passed on. When I started in 1970's, the mentor I had would answer any question, honestly, and without bias. But I had to ask the question, first.
I have stopped breeding, but I am willing to answer questions - but there is a difference between my environment and yours, so my answers would be different to what you may expect.
You do not have to have one of each, just a bitch, a kennel name, and some money. You will have to take the bitch to shows so that she can be admired/criticisized by all. Winning at shows means that your bitch becomes "desirable" for those with stud dogs. When selecting a mate, make sure he complements your bitch. When it comes time to have a mating, the bitch usually travels. Both the male and female should be in excellent health, and free of most Basenji conditions and be checked by a knowledgeable vet.
As the pups are born in winter, you need a warm place for them to grow the first months of their life. If inside is not an option, there are ways to keep everyone warm - the bitch will be with them. You should not let the pups go before they have had their shots, to introduce them to adult life and what to expect. There are two schools of thought about paying for the service of mating, either pick of the litter; or pay a fee. I prefer the latter, as you might want to keep the pick, or some people will prevaricate over their choice. The fee takes care of single pup litters, and other variations of all boys, or all girls.
There are many variations and questions you should ask, join a breed/group/all breeds club, if possible, and endure the bitchiness that can go on there. Be positive, and others will treat you accordingly. You have two ears, two eyes, and one mouth - use them in that proportion.