Acquired: Pet store
Posted November 2, 2014
My family and I purchased/adopted this dog because he wasn't supposed to bark. Please note, Basenji's are capable of barking (we found this out the first night), however, they typically choose not to. In general, he was a very quiet dog, instead allowing our other family dog (that we adopted about two years after him) to do the barking.
Obie was exceptionally smart -- and I've found this to be true in speaking with other Basenji owners as well. No matter how we secured the fence, he found a way to unlatch the gate and escape. And nothing could stop him once he did escape. We were lucky that the one time he did get away from us, another Basenji owner found him and contacted the Basenji owners she knew until the trail eventually led her back to our home. After this we had to padlock the gates.
Obie was sweet tempered and never liked for anyone to be upset. As I had him throughout high school, any time I went outside to cry, he would sit right next to me with his head slightly resting on my shoulder.
His main downside, besides his escape artist abilities, was that he was extremely high strung. He loved to run laps around our back yard. He quickly outgrew taking puppy naps and was constantly on the go -- which eventually led to his heart giving out.