Ok, I do not breed Basenjis. I have not been involved with a B rescue group. I have only been an owner (loose term...as they tend to own you and your household...) twice. The first time was purely by accident and a blessing. This second time is teaching me all over again. I responded to 'free to a good home'. I wanted to fill a gap and do a good thing for another Basenji in need.(drove up to Tenn from Fla)
This forum has so many new owners, and we all start out that way....but just when we think we know what is going on, we are thwarted...I read on BRAT that the Basenji is like a monkey and our home is it's jungle. They have a mind of their own. 98% of the basenji's out there get re-homed because they are not like the domesticated dog we know in this century. How many of you out there get a Basenji to add to your family and the dogs you have already get to be clueless about the canine interaction after being in your home????
I am not a scientist either. I am speaking of experience, which may be little compared to most of you on this forum....I just want to rant about the people who say that they do research, and then are so surprised about the B's reaction to crates, lack of exercise, etc, etc.... I 'rescued' one just 3 months ago due to an owner's realization that he was not cut out for the bark less, shed-less, quiet dog they read about because he worked all day and had to keep the poor pup in a crate.... Uzie was quite the dog that seemed to fit in with my older 8 and 10 year olds at first. He is just now coming out of his shell and exhibiting the tearing up, seeking out of tissues, and tearing up of inappropriate items. But mostly he is 'good'. I am luckly to work out of my home and I am continuing my training with him, twice daily. God Bless those who get the Basenji who will not test wills with the human, not baroo in the crate, not pull on the leash, not test wills.................So respond as you will. I had a great B the first time around, an now, I have to really work at it, daily.