Frequently Asked Questions About Basenjis
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
What kind of temperament and personality does the Basenji have?
I give you my honest opinions about Basenji temperament and personality traits and characteristics – positives AND negatives – in my dog breed review, Basenji Temperament and Personality Traits (What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em).
Do crossbred or mixed breed Basenjis make good pets?
Many do make good pets, yes, in the right homes. But before you choose ANY purebred, crossbreed, or mixed breed, you need to know what a purebred dog really IS – and what crossbred and mixed breed dogs really are. You might think you know, but I bet you'll be surprised by my articles: The Truth About Purebred Dogs, The Truth About Crossbred Dogs, and The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs.
Can you help me decide whether the Basenji is the best breed for me?
Yes, I offer personal consultations on choosing the best breed for your family and lifestyle. Learn more about my Dog Breed Consulting Service.
Do male dogs or female dogs make better pets?
Ah, let the debate begin! Honestly, male Basenjis have pros and cons, and female Basenjis have pros and cons. Visit Male Dogs versus Female Dogs
If I just want a dog for a pet, not for showing or breeding, does it matter whether he has AKC registration papers?
First you need to know what registration papers really mean – and don't mean. You might THINK you know, but you might be wrong! Find out the truth about AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?.
There's an adorable Basenji puppy at the pet shop. The store manager assures me they only buy from responsible breeders. Could this be true?
No. There are no responsible Basenji breeders who would ever place one of their Basenji puppies in a pet shop for resale. To find out more about pet shop puppies, visit Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store.
How do I find a good Basenji breeder?
It's hard! The sad truth is that the vast majority of people offering Basenji puppies for sale are unknowledgeable, irresponsible, completely clueless – or all of the above. Visit Dog Breeders: How To Find a Good Breeder.
How do I pick the best Basenji puppy from a litter?
You can do puppy personality tests. Visit How To Choose a Good Puppy.
I'm interested in adopting a dog rather than buying from a dog breeder. How do I find Basenjis for adoption?
I just got a new Basenji. Which pages should I read first?
- Basenji Health, which includes my advice on feeding, vaccinations, and health care. These pages are very important, because if you start your Basenji puppy off on the wrong foot, he will probably experience health problems later on. Starting off RIGHT is essential!
- Training Basenjis, which includes my advice on respect training, housebreaking, and socialization. Again, you must start your Basenji puppy off on the right foot by teaching him what he needs to know and you must avoid doing the wrong things with him so that he doesn't develop bad habits that will be much harder to fix later on.
What's a good training schedule for training Basenji puppies? What things should I teach, and when?
Here's the puppy training schedule I use for Basenjis: Puppy Training Schedule.
How do I housebreak my Basenji?
The key to housebreaking your Basenji is confinement, confinement, confinement. Visit Housebreaking Your Puppy or Adult Dog.
My Basenji has some behavior problems I'd like to solve.
Respect training solves behavior problems much better than obedience training. Visit Respect Training For Puppies and Adult Dogs.
What's the best dog food for Basenjis?
Homemade dog food, i.e. real food. Visit The Best Dog Food For Your Dog. If you can't make your own homemade meals, a company called NomNomNow will make them and deliver them to your house. See Homemade Dog Food Delivered To Your House. Here's why I don't recommend Kibble and Canned Dog Food.
I have to take my Basenji to the vet soon for shots. Which vaccinations does he really need?
The schedule of vaccinations that dogs really need has changed dramatically – but unfortunately most vets are not telling you the truth about this, because a good chunk of their income depends on frequent vaccinations. Please don't get any more shots for your Basenji until you've read my article on Puppy Shots and Dog Vaccinations.
What are the pros and cons of spaying and neutering my Basenji, and when should it be done?
Spaying and neutering are often recommended too early, which can lead to health problems later in life. Visit Spaying Your Female Dog or Neutering Your Male Dog for the straight scoop on the safest (and riskiest) times to spay or neuter.
My vet doesn't agree with some of the things you've written about health care.
My advice is based on the latest research by veterinary immunologists, and it's the same advice given by most licensed veterinarians who belong to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. If this advice sounds different from what your own veterinarian is telling you, it's a good bet that he or she does not belong to the AHVMA. Visit Think Your Veterinarian's Good? Here's How To Tell.
I have a question about Basenjis that I don't see answered on your web site.
It's probably answered in one of my books:
- If it's a question about training, check out Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.
- If it's about health, see 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy.
- If it's about buying or adopting a dog, you'll want Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams.