Hi there We are looking to get a Basenji puppy. We have an almost 8 year old and five year old and live on two acres. I want to make sure this is the right dog for us. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks
I am owned by a Basenji. They're wonderful dogs if they fit in with your lifestyle. Most people consider them a little tough to handle, but I'll never consider getting another breed, even though I've had mixes, labs, rotts and dobies; my B just fits in too well with my lifestyle.
Although it's not uncommon, they are not known for getting along well with young children,
Here are a couple of sites that might help you make a decision:
And, yes, Basenjis can bark, they just generally choose not to. Most are mostly silent, except for the occasional yodel (kinda like howling) or gurr (kinda like purring). If they're startled, you'll hear a doG-awful scream.
Hope you find just the right dog for you and your family, Basenji or not.