In the days when I ran five nubile lovelies with three entire males (the boys were banished to a kennel in the orchard during the season season) the girls definitely showed a preference for a particular male - even if they were being taken outside the home pack for a husband. The boys would have shown no such discrimination, had I let them ! Living with a reasonably large (8) free roaming pack was extremely interesting in many ways. Adjoining our garden lived a succession of Black Labradors. The boys would come and tell me when they were in season, but they really weren't interested in another breed. And in all the years I've had Basenjis, I've never had any visiting firemen. The myriad dogs in the village and on surrounding farms never showed the slightest interest in the Basenjis. OK we cut the hedges in half and put independently supported pig-netting before letting the hedges to grow back and short of a gate being left open, any would-be visitors wouldn't have had access. But we have frontage on to two roads and nary a sniff at the gate from passing pooches.
Going back to the original villages, it was my understanding that the village kept a pack of dogs in kind of communal ownership. I am wondering where potential mates would come from if not within the village pack. Cos I kind of doubt there would have been any kind of reciprocal exchange arrangement with other centres of habitation.
Over time I have translated loads of articles on this topic. I need to dig them out and re-read them.
Actually, probably not. Wolves tend to avoid incest, as do wild dogs (and horses, come to that).
Trouble here is that Basenjis don't read books, articles or take much notice of what they are supposed to do (or not). Those of us who do line-breed don't have much problem in encouraging incestuous liaisons - but it is interesting to read other points of view. In my experience a boy doesn't ask questions before mounting his grand-daughter or even his half sister. (In the latter case, the other half of the pedigree should be a total outcross.)
I have consistently linebred - In the wild, the alpha male probably mates with his mother, his aunts, his daughters and his grandmother. The villagers probably owned a pack and didn't pay attention. Basenjis are one of the oldest breeds, allegedly 6000 years old. Could this be an argument in favour of line-breeding ?
Socialising puppies should be done very early - between 3 and six weeks of life. There are various articles on my website. Vets always seem to recommend spaying. We sold a puppy to a family with a young son. They moved to USA and throughout school and University that young lad stuck his toes in cos his 'breeder had told him not to spay and he wasn't going to. The dog saw him through uni - she lived to be well over 17 - and on his way to vetschool.
Gotta wonder about what is happening these days when I see so many young dogs with various diseases I'd never seen before in dogs.....
Could be advanced veterinary science but I do so agree with you. History has its drawbacks. When we got our first Basenji in UK - Marvin had been breeding them in USA since forever - people warned us. The dog had bad temperament in back.
Investigation showed the dog in question had been a kennel dog and that back in those days the Brits hadn't woken up to the fact that a kennel is not the place for a Basenji. This lead me to the conclusion there is inbred bad temperament and environmentally caused ditto. Same thing with health scourges - apparently appearing in younger and younger dogs ????
Mine get a regular diet, canned and dry food mix but they stand around on their hind legs if I am eating an apple - I want the core ! and I have to admit sometimes plates don't need washing up - the pack leaves them so clean (don't worry, I do wash up conscientiously myself as well !). I read something recently that dogs don't really relish human food scraps. Whoever wrote that hadn't met my pack. In fact, when a dog is off its food, I find feeding it on a human plate instead of a dog bowl, often gets it going again...
Hang on, don't do anything rash and irreversible. You wouldn't subject a 12 or even a 16 year old child to a hysterectomy - leave the gal entire, be vigilant but honestly, I wouldn't even look for enlarged glands on a two year old.
I am unclear why you have to make this decision at all at this age ????
I have only ever spayed two bitches. One showed signs of ill health and I figured it would improve her quality of life but she developed a deep mast cell tumor and only lived to just under eleven years of age. All my other girls have lived well into their teens, including the second one I spayed. After Marvin broke his neck, I couldn't cope with a boy and a girl during the season season, both entire, and visit the hospital every day - so I made the decision to spay the girl. She was 8 years old anyway and there was no chance I would breed from her. I did it with great regret. To spay a Basenji for my own convenience was (and is) against all my principles. I would only spay to improve quality of life. Maybe I've been lucky but we've never had a sign of mammary cancer or any of the other scourges spaying is supposed to prevent.
Talk to as many breeders as you can - and LISTEN careful to what the experienced ones tell you. And figure out what you will do with the puppies ! OK one (or two) you will probably keep but it is essential to make sure you have loving, understanding homes for the rest of the litter. We always figured out costs thus. First puppy out paid for the stud fee. Second paid all the veterinary bills, post parturition, removal of dew claws, shots etc. Third one out paid for the food. Fourth one we kept. Fifth one paid for all the health checks. You might see a little financial reward by the 7th or so - but we never had more than 6 in a litter. Mind you, although we were among the cheapest, we were also among the most difficult to buy from. Third Degree Interrogation had nothing on us !
The oldies loved the ones I used to crochet by the hundred and sell on e-bay. Hmmm. Maybe I should go back to making them.
I should NOT have written that. I got all enthusiastic and finished one I started months ago. Tried it on Hoover who was quite happy with it but then I didn't put it away properly and this morning I found someone had eaten a hole out of the middle of the neck. <sigh> She will have to wear it with a large crochet-ed patch -
You mention electrolytes... like Pediolyte (for kids)? Is that safe for dogs?
No idea. I get it from the Vet in sachets, especially for animals. Normally it comes in two different packets and you mix them with water so they combine. I also have veterinary electrolyte concentrate in a bottle. Also from a veterinarian. If push comes to shove and you need to get a Basenji to drink to prevent dehydration, a little honey in the drinking water can be very helpful