I remember this exact issue with my male intact Parson Russell. He would constantly whine and almost moo like a cow. Turned out there was a female in season in our neighborhood. Apparently dogs can tell even from more than a mile away. He did it 2 times at the same time in the year. We learned this from our vet. Once he was neutered, in never happened again.
Thank you all for your input. I was becoming increasingly worried about having a Basenji because of so many stories describing something that didn't even sound like a dog. More like I would be inviting a Tasmanian Devil into my house that would be completely foreign to home behavior. As if I caught a wild coyote and released it into my house.
I met a sweet little 2 yr old neutered male on Wednesday that seemed playful yet mellow compared to the ballistic nature of the Jack's I have had. I'm not fooled by the sweetness and realize he could be difficult but he just didn't seem like the crazed wild animal some if the stories have described. I think I will try to make him happy in our house and try to increase his time outside if his crate yet still keep him used to it if it becomes necessary. Hopefully Basenji's love long hikes and car rides. I guess we'll see.
Are there any people out there who leave their Basenji Home alone uncrated during the work day? It seems as though I only hear horror stories about these dogs if left alone uncreated. I have had Parson Russell Terriers for the past 24 years and have only created them as puppies. After about six months old I would corral them in the kitchen/family room area. We never had a problem with destructive behavior.
after we lost our last girl at 16 years 8 months old our house is empty and we are considering a Basenji. We like active breed dogs and have no problem with exercising them. I'm just concerned with the lack of evidence that you can trust them at home uncrated.