they have a big dog look to them definitly. I tend to dig small dogs like that..I had never seen a Basenji before until the last time I went to Petsmart. I didn't get to talk with the owner though as they were walking out with I was walking in. They were much smaller than I expected.
yeah I was reading about them lure coursing...You know that a lot of basenjis do fabulously well on the lure coursing field, right?
They were actually the first breed I was serious about until I moved to getting an elkhound. The biggest thing that turned me off was just the size. Too small of a dog for me.
that's one of the things I dig about them. I am attracted to more driven breeds because Im interested in working dogs. Plus any other breed I get needs to be able to keep up with my pit bulls...Inga said:They are tough little dogs though and they have extremely high prey drive. In Africa, the dog that doesn't hunt might very well become supper themselves. This way the hunting instinct is kept very very strong. I think here in the US some of that has been toned down though.
I like small dogs alright. Most small breeds are too fluffy for my taste..I can't do high maintenance grooming...and only a few small breeds have the kind of high energy type of personality I like in a dog.I've seen a few around me and I'm considering getting one. Very beautiful dog and looks highly intelligent. I've heard they are very independent so may be more of a challenge to train. As an owner of a small dog there are numerous advantages to having a small dog. They are highly portable, everything costs less, accidents are smaller to clean up, crates and beds take up less space, can have a few of them without feeling crowded, easier to bathe, and most importantly they live longer.
I like paps. But too much hair. My idea of a doable amount of grooming is like rubbing them down with a wet cloth, running a flea comb through the coat once and trimming nails with the occasional ear cleaning...just whenever its nessecary.Just a reminder though- fluffy doesn't always equal lots of grooming. I have considered basenjis some (as well as cresties, thought they're a lot of maintenance). Some of those hounds and particularly the sight hounds fascinate me. However, with a little fluffy it's not always the best idea to bring in a sighthound. I have always been a little nervous though about jumping from a breed that is 100% always thinking about you and how to please and work with you to something so independent. I don't know that I can take another Summer so something more independent might be nice!
I'm so spoiled by small dogs though. I always think I want a big one until someone mentions how darn expensive it is to feed a large breed dog.
ETA: Intelligent and active are a must in my dogs.
Its really kind of funny...my perfect pack of dogs is a combination that would make many cringe...Basenjis really are neat little dogs!
There is one that frequents our local dog park. This is the owner's 2nd or 3rd Basenji, and this guy knows his dogs... he said that this is the only basenji he's ever owned that could go to the dog park. The prey drive in these dogs is AMAZING. They may be small, but they are brutal if they decide to get into it with another dog... they can do a lot of damage.
Beautiful dogs, and very interesting, but a bit too much for me.
I would also love to add a smooth patterdale and a Dogo Argentino to my pack.....but I'm pretty sure my husband would kill meIts really kind of funny...my perfect pack of dogs is a combination that would make many cringe...
I want a Pit Bull, a Catahoula, a Patterdale, possibly a Basenji, a Thai Ridgeback, a Tosa Inu and possibly a Bluetick Coonhound and maybe....just maybe a Norweigian Elkhound...but only when my kid is old enough that I can make him do the grooming
ooo I fogot Dogos!! I LOVE Dogos!! Give one of them too...and hand me a Fila Brasileiro while you are at it!I would also love to add a smooth patterdale and a Dogo Argentino to my pack.....but I'm pretty sure my husband would kill me
As far as I know, they're one of (if not the) only *true* primitive breed left. Elkhounds were thought to be another of them, but DNA profiling has shown that they were actually recreated within the last few hundred years, and that the original elkhound the vikings worked with are long extinct.Back to Basenjis...they get more and more interesting the more I read...they only have one estrus a year instead of the usual two..That's that primitiveness...very neat..