Basenjis are a hound, sighthound.... they were bred to hunt, this is in their DNA. What they see they chase. Unless in a secure area Basenjis should always be kept on lead. If they see something they will chase it and do not stop to look for cars.... So it is not that they "run away" they are running to catch something (or trying to). Keeping busy means they need exercise daily both for the body and their minds. Again, Basenjis are a hound, they are a "thinking" dog... positive training is the best method for training. However keep in mind that when asking a Basenji to do something, they will look like they are thinking "What's in it for me"? A tired Basenji is a good Basenji!
Most don't think it is important to look at the pedigree of their pups.... it really is important, especially regarding health testing for Fanconi and PRA, Zande gets those results direct from OFA to add to the pedigree data base, with their blessing otherwise they would never supply that information. It is not only important to breeders but to anyone looking or interested in research of the pedigree of their basenji. I honestly in 30+ yrs in the breed have never met a breeder (even not responsible breeders) that would not want their pups listed. This is a public site and one that is used by hundreds of people to research their Basenjis. It is also important to register your Basenji. There is nothing that is on Zande's site that is anything more then the pedigree and if there are any test results for Fanconi/PRA (and these are open to the public to see at www.ofa.org). Some breeders don't supply her with the litter information and in the US not all breeders register pups before placement because they have the new owners pick the registered name. Here is the link to the pedigree database, take a look....http://www.pedigrees.zandebasenjis.com/
@slents - Crate at night should be in the bedroom with you, not alone downstairs. Basenjis want to be with you, even in a crate. Mine have always been in our bedroom (reason for more than one crate). I use wire crates and cover them with a blanket to make it more like a den. My two girls that I have now, sleep in their crates with the doors open, in the past my Basenjis slept in bed or in their crates
And stay with her till she goes potty... reward and praise after... if you catch her peeing/pooping in the house, immediately pick her up, tell her "NO" and take her out and tell her "go pee/poop outside". And if you are not catching her in the act, you need to keep a leash on her so you know where she is... If she is napping pick her up and take her outside and tell her "go pee", praise and reward after she does. If on walks and she goes, praise and reward! Note also that I have had females that when they start to teeth they totally forget about "potty training"... that too will pass.
Responsible breeders breed to better the breed not just to sell puppies. Breeder typically breed for themselves and keep a puppy that they show and/or do performance events and then consider putting them into their breeding program. Also IMO, responsible breeders go to outside males to breed to their bitches not just keep breeding what you own to each other. That said 90% of my puppies are placed in wonderful pet homes... If an owner wishes to show or do performance events, wonderful, if not, that is wonderful too. After the breeder(s) make their picks of the litter, the home for the rest is the most important thing.... Responsible breeders don't just test for Fanconi, they test for PRA, do eye exams, have hips done, thyroid tested... it is not a pick and choose what test they do. And they breed to the written standard with Health and Temperament the most important thing. I have never made a profit on breeding, 99% lose money... I just hope to break even.
Honestly, they all have their favorites.... kind of like pick and choose.... the one you think they will love they don't touch... LOL.... Most all of the puzzle toys are great and Basenjis take to them, but I would start with the ball types that you put kibble bits or other treats in, as they roll them around, the treats will fall out. You can judge from that what else he might like.
On another note, there is no DQ in Basenjis (except Cryptorchid/Monorchid).. The standard is just a guide, many Basenjis are over/under the listed standard.
As noted this will not work for a Basenji. They need to be with the family... and honestly from a responsible breeder they would not place a pup with you and as a breeder I would not either. Yes that is harsh... but it is a fact... and again honestly... not dog would be happy outside like that... and as eeeefarm said, a home with a doggy door that they can come and go works...
Please see the link that I would suggest everyone look at and consider purchasing. It is available on line, but a great resource to have in hard copy. Here is the link to the online Illustrated Standard put out by the Basenji Club of America. Note that on page 4 the coursing Basenjis are my Franie and her litter brother Trip. On page 9 regarding heads, the Tri is my C-Me. Note that wrinkles are harder to see on Black/White, Tri, and Brindles. Red/White is the easiest to see. A good ear set and head will show the best wrinkle. This Illustrated Standard will give anyone the basic knowledge of the Basenji. https://basenji.org/BasenjiU/Judge/Study/Illustrated-Standard-2012.pdf and you can go to www.basenji.org and purchase this for $10.00
@nodles91 WOW? really... I have had many Basenjis over the years and and pottty training is a time in place... it doesn't happen overnight... just because they once "get it", doesn't mean they are house trained... and when there is rain... get used to YOU need to get as wet as they do.... and it is uncommon with this breed... at least in my 30yrs in the breed. Biting... yes all puppies, Basenjis are no different... and especially if from a less than responsible breeder.... bite inhibition comes from raising with the litter and other adults in the house... they teach them way more than humans. My Basenjis go out side to potty, however many times I am more wet then they are...., my Basenjis never beg at the table... however they know that after we are done they get treats.. and there is NOTHING wrong with "leftovers".... you eat them... they can eat them... but my Basenjis know that the dinner table is not acceptable to choose to try and get food... sitting in a room other than the food table.. they really don't know the difference unless you teach them that...
They can be great apartment dogs. Are they easy to train? Depends on who is doing the training and how well you are diligent in training. Remember, a tired Basenji is a good Basenji... you must work both their body AND mine. Be sure to go to a responsible breeder... and there is loads of information at www.basenji.org
@theresab - This is not a responsible breeder. The owner's name is Tammie and is also know atsTopDog (she has other breeds that she sells) she changes the name all the time. They have NEVER had a champion Basenji.... I would stay away from this person. In my opinion they are not legit
@branch - Typically these are fatty lipomas. These happen in all older dogs, not just a Basenji. As your vet recommended they do not need to be removed since showing benign. If they are really unsightly for you, if you need to have something else done that he would need to be put under, you can have them removed then. Other than that, I would not worry about them. Just keep an eye on them. You can always have your Vet check by doing a needle extraction
@basenjicurious - Basenjis are a "thinking" dog... They are hunters by instinct, not taught. They are sighthounds, what they see they chase. Breeders will often tell the negative first then the good. They are great dogs... fun dogs....dogs with a brain. And yes they are clever. Basenji puppies like all puppies chew... leave "stuff" around and they will claim as theirs... They do not know the difference between "their" stuff and yours... Don't expect them too... don't leave items where they can get them... you have to work with them, work not only their body but their minds. I have been in the breed for 30+ years and would not have any other breed