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I have had many Basenjis in the last 20 years. One of them was actually born in late July. Yes occasionally they will come in heat twice a year. I wish they all would be born in the summer as it would be so much easier to potty train them vs the cold weather.

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In Iowa our Basenjis shed a whole lot in January for some reason. There is moderate shedding the rest of the year. I would not recommend a Basenji as a first time dog. I raised German Shepherds for over 30 years and found all the training you used with other breeds does not work with Basenjis as they are independent thinkers. Basenjis want to please themselves not you. On that note I have not have anything but a Basenji for over 20 years now as they just steal your heart.

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No my Basenjis is a red/white. His muzzle is white. That's where he burns so easily. Yes they love the heat. He would lay outside all day on the grass if I let him in the dead of summer. Iowa has very hot humid summers. When it's that hot I restrict his outside time to early mornings and early evenings. He would stay out there 24 hours if he could. At least my females always had the sense to stay inside. LOL

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Thanks everyone... I did order one from Chewy.com... I went with the cream as my guy really hates anything sprayed on him. I live in Iowa and never had this issue with my other Basenjis in over 20 years except for a little sensitivity on the tips of their ears. This guys just burns so fast on his nose.
Hope this works as he is obsessed with running through that trap door from the house every 20 minutes. I do keep him inside if the temp is too hot. They do not have the sense to come out of the heat by themselves.

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OK all you Basenji people. Does anyone have any idea what you can put on a Basenji’s nose to prevent sunburn? My dogs love to be in the yard but they burn so easily on their muzzles that they actually got scabs. My vet is no help on this. I had heard there is something you can apply to prevent this.

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I should also add my Basenjis have access to a 80 X 100 foot yard with a chain link fence. But I never leave them out when I am gone in case of severe weather.

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Please do not confine a Basenji to a pen in the garage. This would cause high anxiety. It would be like you being locked in a room in a basement alone. I have to leave my two alone for times when I am at work and I would never even do this with just one as they have the company of each other. They have a separate hallway area in my house which is blocked off by gates on each end so they can see and hear everything in the house. If you cannot have a Basenji feel a part of your home you should not have one. These dogs are pack animals and need to be with their people.

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First of all I would take him to the vet and make sure there is no physical ailment that is bothering him and causing him to do this. I myself have had biters but they displayed this at an early age not as they got older. I know as they age they are tender in spots and don’t like to be picked up because things hurt them so that may be what he is going through. I agree keep him on a very short leash when you are walking him around any people or any other dogs for that matter. It could be his Eyesight and he is biting out of fear. Please take him to the vet and have them checked out completely.

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@ZenGrrrl:

Looking ahead to this year and next, it is likely that I'll be adding a new B to the pack. I have had a great time with my male/female pair but have never had two males or two females. My preference would be a M/F pair, but I am interested in hearing other owners' views on MM and FF pairs. Would a same-sex pair be a recipe for disaster?

Thanks for your advice.

dont ever put 2 of the same sex together if you can help it. I has 2 females 2 years apart that i raised since pups. all was fine until the younger female turned 3 and kept challenging the older one. the older smaller one always got the best of her younger sister but the war was on every few months. they were both cut up so bad that i had to seperate them after every fight. when the older one died early of fanconi i urchase 9 week old male pup and they were the best of friends, then i got convinced to take in a shelter dog female-spayed 2 year old. all was well again until the younger female turned 3. she started challenging the 8 year old female and the fights were very bad. also the male starting siding with one or the other in the fights so i always pulled him off first and kenneled him for time out. then i would put the two females back together as soon as possible. they didn't seem to fight if the male was locked up. my advice is to stay with 2 dogs only and stay with a male/female pairing. they seem happiest that way. also if you do have to ever pull apart fighting basenjis i have found if you put a leather belt over their back ahead of their rear legs helps to pull them apart without being bitten. and i can tell you that i have been bitten very bad twice to be more careful next time. the most important thing is to always be the dominant one in your relationship with you dogs. you have to let them know that you are the leader of the pack. i love my 3 but they do not eat until i am done eating. you have to be the alpha dog to survive living with basenjis.

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I have 3 basenjis 2 females (spayed) and a male (neut) i also had a female before these three. Heres what happened to me. Every one of them when they turned 3 years of age started getting aggressive. I don't know why but they were all so lovable and sweet tempered up until three. In my case they also started fighting among the same sex at that age. I just think that as they mature they get moodier when you pick them up and they also challenge the oder dogs for authority at that age. Believe me you don't want to get between them when they are fighting. I have the most trouble with my younger females challenging the older female. And the male will usually side with one of them so i always pull him out of the fight first. I also put the two females back together as soon as possible or their anger only intensifies. Good luck i had b's for 13 years now and they are always trying to fight for alpha position.


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