I'm super thankful. Out of curiosity, is 16/17" and about 21 lbs on the large side for a 5 month old female?? I was not expecting her to be this big already but I have also read that pups tend to tighten up closer to a year?
Thank you everyone for your input, I actually ended up getting a slightly older but also more trained puppy out of the blue from the Basenji Sisters! She was going to be a show pup like her accomplished mom and dad, but a 12 yr old Basenji was returned because the couple's kids left the nest and they didn't want it anymore ️ and they also had 2 puppies they held onto from a previous litter so they didn't quite have the room for that many dogs.
So the sisters asked if I would like to take this pup home because they were aware that I was looking for a brindle girl and I told them I'd decide after I meet them and the pup. They already crate trained, microchipped, named her, and had all her shots up to date. I also double checked her parents' test results on OFA as they were listed on the contract but I wanted to be sure. Everything was perfect.
And of course when we met her, we knew it was meant to be. She kept coming up to me and just laying her head in my lap. The ladies were also great and a joy to meet. Very informative and sent us home with a couple packets of information/documentation. Probably all the info you could ever want and then more info specific to the pup. My husband has never even seen a Basenji in real life, so he really appreciated and enjoyed all the info they gave us.
This is Ayana! We got her last month and she just turned 5 months old yesterday 🥰 She is an absolute sweetheart, eats like a pig, ridiculously well behaved, and a big strong girl (16-17" at withers and almost 21lbs!!). Nothing like my first Basenji girl. She is also doing great with our 4 yr old cat.
As an example, when we brought her to the vet for a check up, rabies shot, and heartworm test so we could get her heartworm prescription, she just sat still on the exam table and even the scale while her nose went crazy. When she was being handled for her blood draw, temperature, and injection, she didn't snap, growl, yelp, or anything. Everyone at the vet said they've never met a sweeter Basenji. At home, she sticks to her many toys and has no interest in anything else, really. And she has been stellar with housebreaking and obedience. We could not have dreamed of a better pup and because puppies will be puppies, I was fully prepared for the worst!
The sisters will still be having a litter later this year I believe, if someone is looking. I am not sure about the details as I am no longer searching for a pup but they do require you begin by filling out the form on their site to see if you would be a good, suitable home for their pups. They will also be attending the Nationals, if you want to try and find them there! They are located in Southern California in Reseda, are very reasonably priced, and super sweet and knowledgeable.
I have been scouring this forum for a while now trying to find a reputable breeder on the west coast, so I decided to make an account to hopefully get some actual help.
My old brindle Basenji girl passed in 2014 due to old age, and my heart is ready for a new pup. But I have been having the hardest time finding a breeder. I originally got my Basenji in Northern California at about 7 mos old from a family friend who could no longer keep her due to her new apartment's rules, so I never had to find a breeder before and prefer to raise them from a pup, myself.
I actually just returned from a week long trip in Colorado where I was also hoping to pay a visit to SkyHi Basenjis - but they didn't respond to any of my emails. As of right now, I have contacted several breeders in California and Arizona and only a couple from California have responded.
I am now living in Las Vegas but am more than willing to make a trip to Southern California or Arizona for a reputable breeder as I prefer to meet them in real life. But if I must, I am also willing to make the trip to Northern California. I have even found someone in Arkansas but I wanted to ask on this forum if anyone can personally recommend (for or against) breeders here on the West coast?
The ones I have emailed so far are: Tanza, Basenji Sisters, Mountain Springs Ranch (basenjidogs.com), Shika, Naharin, Arubmec, Brushy Run, and as mentioned SkyHi. The one I am considering in Arkansas is All Star Basenjis.
Thank you so much in advance.