Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: Previous owner
Posted September 24, 2014
Basenji's are interesting dogs. In the dog world, they are very not dog-like. They seldom bark (they actually don't have the proper vocal cords for it, so their barking doesn't quite sound the same), they are self-grooming, and are very much lap dogs. This basenji in particular spent most of her time looking at the window, licking her fur, and sitting as close to someone as possible on the couch.
As a guard dog, she wasn't very attentive, but she was watchful. She was very nervous around men and young children, but loved girls and women. She was also very protective of her family and took awhile to get comfortable with new people introduced to the household.
Also important to note, these are fastidious dogs. Meaning, they don't like to get wet or muddy. She would frequently pull back at the door if she saw it was wet or raining outside.
In general these are sweet dogs, but I have heard that they can become attached to just one person, and sometimes don't "connect" with the people who have adopted them. Much like dating, I suppose, not every dog is going to match with every owner, but most dogs (and owners!) go with the flow. Our basenji, however, seemed to at least tolerate all of us.