A Basenji's charm
is its individuality. Life with a basenji is never dull or boring,
as they are curious and mischievous all rolled into one.
They are the best thief you'll ever come across. If left alone
and bored they can be destructive and will chew things. Anything is
fair game; furniture,shoes, clothes, remotes.
Every Basenji is different, but
generally some characteristics never change, and having no ''road
sense'' is one of them.
They can be very loving when the
mood takes them, crawling up your leg to get on your lap or in your
coffee. Given the chance they will curl up on your bed or in front
of a heater and go to sleep. A Basenji can live with you in your
home as they can be crated for a short time, or left in a fully
fenced backyard. However, some patience is required by you as they
have a mind of their own.
Their cleanliness is second to
none and they need very few baths. They shed very little fur and are
great for asthmatics. Toilet training is easy with a Basenji they
hate being dirty. In winter they will race outside to go to the
toilet and rush back in.
If you wish your basenji to be a
house dog, you do need to be tolerant as some days they can drive
you up the wall. Yes, we do know this, as ours are house dogs first
and show dogs second. After a few days their charm personality will
win you over and they quickly become a member of your family.
Life with a
Basenji is wonderful.