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Hopefully you have checked out on for the Fanconi DNA test on the Sire/Dam of the litter? And as I have noted responsible breeders will test for PRA (another DNA test for night blindness), Hips, Thyroid, Eyes

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Many breeders these days litter box train their pups, myself included. Hate using the pee pads or newspaper.... reason, you ask.... if you train pups to use these, anything on the floor that looks the same, they will pee on... they would not know the difference if the texture is the same.... love using a litter box....

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Hello and welcome. Cute pup. What is the breeding (pedigree), you can search at and you can also search at for health testing. Also go to and learn about Basenjis.

The ears will not come up until about 6 weeks and then they can go up and down, especially when teething.

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@basenji_life said in New puppy owner Questions:

@tanza Thank you for your reply 🙂 The breeder only tests for Fanconi. So no other tests have been done. Is that unusual?

A responsible breeder tests their dogs for not only Fanconi but for PRA (another DNA test for night blindness), Hips, Thyroid, Eyes. See the link on one of my Basenjis and the testing that has been done.

In regards to waking a pup to potty at night, my Basenjis (been in the breed since 1991) sleep in crates in the bedroom as pups. I have found with all my Basenjis, a quick wake up, quick potty, they go right back to sleep now without a full bladder. To each their own, this has worked for me, especially if you are crate training

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@basenji_life - Hopefully your breeder has answered many of these questions? And hopefully other health testing has been completed.

12wk puppy should go every time wakes up from a nap, after play, after eating for starters. At night, I would wake up my pups and take the out to potty. But also I am a light sleeper so if they do wake up, I hear them (crate is in the bedroom) and take them out immediately. Do not make the mistake of thinking they will walk out by themselves, CARRY them.... otherwise they will get side tracked and pee where ever...
Basenjis are no more destructive then any other breed of pup. And I don't believe that it is due to separation anxiety. Remember a tired Basenji is a good Basenji.
Exercise and play are important, differs for each pup and their personality. Remember to exercise they mind as much as their body.
Sometime mine cuddle... sometime not...

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@caleb said in National Specialty:

I probably sound dumb, but what is this?

Go to, you can read about it there and there is a link to the specialty website. Most all parent basenji clubs have a Specialty to showcase their breed

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Agree with Zande, while the rule of thumb is that opp sexes typically do better, you can have same sex in a household. I have two females and they get alone perfect (now going on 8yrs, intact, and one has had litters). Before them I had 3 girls, two of which had litters. That said, as I noted I did have one girl that for whatever reason just hated my oldest female and I did have to place her.

As it is said...."it works till it doesn't"

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Good luck, I have to say from my experience chances are that they will never get along. And I don't believe all will be fine after their season. And I doubt that spaying would help either. I had the same type of situation, my oldest female at the time was a very confident girl. I had 3 girls and they all got along fine. Then I kept a puppy bitch from my litter that year. All was fine until the pup was about 5/6 months old. She decided to challenge the oldest bitch at every turn, nasty bites.... The puppy bitch never bothered the other two girls, just the oldest one. There was no way of keeping them together. I tried until she was 4yrs old and then after she had a litter, placed her with one of her pups in a new home.

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You can always also contact breeders that might be wanting to place could be looking to place an x-show dog that they are not using for breeding or possible an adult they have gotten back for whatever reason. You might need to travel a bit, but check out breeders in OR/WA for sure. I know for a fact that FoPaws in WA (Therese Leimback) have two middle aged to place from an owner return. Don't know what the current situation is, there is a male and a female. You can find her on facebook. Highly recommend either of these two

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Can't help with MD, but if you had been moving to the Bay Area... I have the perfect house sitter....

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