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.
@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
@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
While it is mostly past breeding season for Basenjis, not all of them read the book..... Basenji males (regardless if neutered or not) know when it is breeding season. My first Basenji male, many years ago would cry for the entire month of October... both when he was in-tact and after he was neutered.
Hello and welcome. Many of us are related by our Basenjis if you care to share who his breeder is and his pedigree?
In regards to your questions:
- The obvious answer is NO..... and I agree that if you have him in a kennel all day (8 straight hours is really long at this age) he should be able to not be in a kennel at night. And if he was, most likely he would wake up even earlier. As he gets older he will be able to sleep longer. My Basenjis get up at 5am since that is when I get up for work... however they don't know what a weekend is.....
- Biting... he is getting to the age that he is starting teething. And all you can do is to keep up with the yelping, but also when he bites, all play stops and you ignore him. Also you should start working his mind... teach things like sit/down, etc... when he gets over excited and starts to try and bite, work his mind as a distraction. And soon he will loss those "razor" blades called baby teeth.....
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.
@abrunelle - I would say the same about petsmart.... you really need to interview possible trainers as not all know or understand Basenjis. Is she eating her own poop? Or could it be cat poop, which has undigested food and all dogs find it wonderful.... Usually with eating poop they are lacking something in their diet. Have you discussed this with the breeder or your Vet? And as far as getting aggressive/defensive, this is classic resource guarding. There are many articles about this on the web. Here is just one https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/resource-guarding-treatment-and-prevention
@abrunelle - You don't seriously believe that she knows the difference between her toys and your stuff, do you? You are giving the dog way to much credit. If you leave it where she can get it, if it gets chewed it is "your fault" in my opinion, period.
And it sounds like you for sure have a resource guarding issue and this you need to have addressed ASAP, as it will only get worse.