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Advice for potential basenji owner

@EMurata said in Advice for potential basenji owner:

The "weather permitting" part of your statement wont work with a Basenji. My dog doesnt care if its 100 degrees out or 10, she needs constant exercise.

If outside exercise isn't available for whatever reason, mental exercise is a good substitute. Basenjis are very clever and if you keep their minds busy it often serves to minimize or avoid destructive behaviour. You are not going to wear a fit Basenji out by walking him or her a couple of hours a day, but I have seen them perfectly content to kick back and relax after half an hour of demanding mental exercise! Clicker training can be useful here.....

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Basenji and...???

She is really cute though I don't see Basenji. Like Shirley said, only a DNA can tell you much for certain.

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
Basenji / Pointer mix?

She has definitely changed our views on the way a dog "should" be. Her vocabulary is astounding. We can no longer say, "walk", "gehan", "caminar" or even sign language. She's up and at your feet, ready to go at the hint of going somewhere. The pic of her in the snow was the first time she saw snow and it was 17 degrees outside. She was walking along the drive with me and all of a sudden sprung sideways without even changing direction, right into 3 foot of snow and disappeared underneath. While I was trying to figure out what she was up too, a field mouse popped out of the snow just a few feet in front of her and took off across the top with her porpoising right behind it. I don't know how she even knew the mouse was there. The only thing she didn't like when we were there was my aunt's space heater blew heat out the top instead of across her while she tried to lay down in front of it. She really loves the heater. Good times!


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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…
Multiple bumps on forehead

@tanza So far she knows all about his epilepsy journey, not the bumps yet as it's only been a week. But, yes I absolutely am going to ask her about it for advice and to let her know what's going on. Thank you for the reminder! Been so busy juggling pills and cream - and everything else in daily life. ;D I appreciate it!

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Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).


He's been neuterized several years ago so this really surprised me but I'm sure he hasn't forgotten the irresistable lure of it all :)

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
Relocating and looking to re-home our two Basenji's in Texas

We are in San Antonio and are looking for one or two Basenjis. We had our previous two Basenjis for 16 years. They were two girls and half sisters. What are their ages? Do they get along with indoor cats.

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Why do they do that?

How long does he keep it up? I've had Basenjis that would howl when someone departed, but it was usually a short lived behaviour. No question they can make a racket when they do this, but with luck it doesn't last long. Basenjis are not typically like the dog that barks all day.....

Try giving him something more interesting to do when you leave. A food treat puzzle game of some kind is a good diversion. I used a roller ball with my separation anxiety boy, and it cured him. Because he was occupied he did not watch me depart, and by the time he had consumed the treats I was long gone.

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For general feeding and nutrition related messages and questions.
Basenji and food problem suggestions

Purina isn't that great. With a dog with diarrhea, you need to put him on riced to firm up his stool. Bile usually is due to not eating often enough. Once a day won't do it, and in fact I feed my dog 2x a day with a snack midday and before bed.

Many if not most foods we can get are available in Canada.

from DogFoodAdviser... I don't think the best reviewer but safe:

Dog Food Form Rating
Acana Regionals Dog Food Dry 5 stars
Horizon Legacy Dog Food Dry 5 stars
Merrick Grain Free Dog Food Dry 5 stars
Nature’s Variety Instinct Dog Food Dry 5 stars
Pinnacle Peak Protein Formula Dog Food Dry 5 stars
Taste of the Wild Wet 5 stars
Victor Grain Free Dog Food Dry 5 stars
Wellness Core Dog Food Dry 5 stars
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Grain-Free (Dry)
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals (Dry)
Fromm Gold Coast Dog Food (Dry)
Fromm Gold Dog Food (Dry)
Fromm Heartland Gold (Dry)

You might also switch to fish based. Protein allergies are most common with poultry and beef.

I personally love

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Post details of lost and found dogs. Please remember to update when dogs are found.
URGENT - Found Basenji

You might post on the Facebook international basenji board.. not a lot of members, but who knows.

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Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

Raising a basenji with a full time job...

All excellent advice, not much I can add. I have a 9 week old Samoyed here and I'm pretty much kangaroo momming him. Right now he's even sleeping with me. Fortunately I have my daughter and her father helping out so I get some breaks, and my daughter does most of it when she's home 2 days a week. Samoyed are extremely people needy, but honestly I am the one who can't bear him being on his own too much this early. Even with doctor appointments, he has a crate in the living room so Larry can take him out to play/potty and snuggle (since I'm usually gone 5 to 6 hrs some days).

Easy adjustment.. put in crate, happy voice "i'll be back" and leave. Go out the door and leave alone at least 15 mins. Keep extending it over several days until you are up to a couple of hours. By that point, they do get you will come back. Just no drama, no soothing poor baby stuff... nonchalant. Happy leaving, happy return. Make sure safe toys, chews in crate.

If you can arrange it so her work and your's don't quite overlap so he's no alone more than 4 hrs, that would be idea. If not... swap out coming home for lunch break?

Good luck.. and please post pictures :) Also, where did you get him? A lot of the basenjis here are related. (My basenji now is a rescue so not related.) It's nice to see the connections though!

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
Stolen Puppies

I thought this should be shared. I do not know who's puppies these are, but I would be devastated.

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For exchanging tips and general information on showing Basenjis in the conformation ring.

I have also seen current research on dewclaw removal that has me convinced to never do it again. I am exhausted but will try to post the links if anyone is interested... maybe tomorrow

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Use this forum for upcoming Basenji meetups, events, bashes, day at the park.
basenji NOVA Meetups?

anyone in the leesburg area want to meet up at a local dog park?

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
fly high my sweet boy

@crystalncody I'm so Sorry for all your many loss's. At least Bucky is there now. & he's helping you in the same way that you're helping him. Life is full of so many twists & turns. I'm just glad you all are together!

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Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
Looking for Basenji Pup (UK)

Okay so I don't repeat myself over and over... please avoid puppymills/byb pages.
Go only to the the basenji club for a list of breeders, use this link""

Even THEN check out the breeders.

As for champdogs site... when a site allows anyone to post if they pay a fee, not a good source. If all you need is a fee and one health test to be approved to be a member, not a good site if you are looking for well bred dogs from responsible breeders.

Memtuka keeps protesting.. but this info is directly from her own pages. If she has more testing, then she lacks the professionalism to comprehend that people knowledgeable about breeding would never leave out tests, nor expect puppy buyers to look for further tests. As it is, it is woeful. As is her comment that she tests only if going to breed. A good breeder tests every single dog they produce and keep because they want to know what is in the line.

In response to

noodle a day ago reply quote
Really??? I don't know where you are getting your misinformation from. You seem to know who I am but continue to hide behind your moniker.
The stud dogs I used ARE health tested and as far as I am aware Champdogs is a reputable website.
May I suggest that you check your facts yet AGAIN and retract your libelous comments.<<

I am getting my info from YOUR OWN PAGES. So if your dogs are tested more than I wrote, may I suggest you correct YOUR PAGES which is where I got, and said I got, my info from. Libelous when it is your pages, that's pretty funny.

All anyone has to do is click on each of your dog's individual pages and see you list only the testing I said, with only the import with significant testing.

Too silly to even respond to the moniker comment.. from someone whose name here is "noodle". Most breeders here use their kennel or real names, btw.

As for info on your own pages.. members can simply click and verify.. or check screencaps below. I do hope if you actually have more testing, you will care enough about the image you are portraying of a breeder who has almost no health testing done on your first bitch, nor any listed for the studs of the litters. Lazy or impressively uninformed about the importance, I don't know.

2011 Litter:
YOUR PAGE: ... Absolutely doesn't say sire is tested,on either litters YOU LIST.. see screen cap below. Her "health tested" lists only Fanconi. You say PPM, but it isn't listed. Sadly, you act like that is BIG..but yet, it isn't. Your import has testing, so it isn't like you aren't aware how much needs to be done. But again, you only list Fanconi. No PRA, hip, thyroid, heart, nothing else.

Sire : Ch Zordia's Indiana Jones
Dam : Zordia's Kinyamkela ShCM (Health Tested)
Birth Date : 7th January 2011
Contact my Breeder
Health Tests
Zordia's Kinyamkela ShCM
Fanconi Syndrome : Probably Clear/Norm 2009
Elsa's litter arrived in the early hours of 7th January. She had 4 very lively pups - 2 boys and 2 girls.<<

Next litter, the IMPORTED bitch, yep health testing. But your page says "DAM TESTED"... nothing about sire being tested. If he really is, your job to note them, not "libelous" on my part to say what YOUR PAGE says:

28th November 2015 - Basenji (Dam Health Tested)
As said before your IMPORT is tested :::Hi-Lite Bulldobas Wild Child of Memetuka ShCM (Imp Fin)

Sadly, the readers can click on each of your dogs to see the scant testing YOU listed:

Our Dogs

Ch Bulldobas Wild Child Of Memetuka (IMP FIN) ShCM - Basenji (Health Tested)
Ch Memetuka Jabali ShCM - Basenji (Health Tested)
: ::: the import: Hip Score : 3/4 = 7 - 29th May 2015
PPM : CLEAR - 17th February 2015
Fanconi Syndrome : CLEAR/NORMAL - 25th February 2014
Bas_PRA1 : CLEAR/NORMAL - 11th February 2011

Memetuka Cream O'the Crop - Basenji (Health Tested) Fanconi Syndrome : CLEAR/NORMAL - 22nd March 2017

Memetuka Dealer's Choice - Basenji (Health Tested) Bas_PRA1 : CARRIER - 17th March 2016

Memetuka Hi Roller - Basenji (Health Tested)Hip Score : 4/5 = 9 - 14th June 2017..... Bas_PRA1 : CARRIER - 17th March 2016

Memetuka Juakali - Basenji (Health Tested) Fanconi Syndrome : Probably Clear/Norm 2011

Memetuka Rize'n Shine - Basenji (Health Tested) Fanconi Syndrome : CLEAR/NORMAL - 22nd March 2017
Zordia's Kinyamkela ShCM - Basenji (Health Tested): Fanconi Syndrome : Probably Clear/Norm 2009


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