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Libby

Basenji

Overall satisfaction

2/5

Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Female

Training: Previous owner

Quick to learn and train

0/5

Emotionally stable

0/5

Family oriented

0/5

Child safety

0/5

Safe with small pets

0/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

5/5

Health

4/5

Easy to groom

5/5

Great watch dog

0/5

Great guard dog

0/5

My basenji was not what I bargained for.

By

United States

Posted March 3, 2015

As a young teen, I enjoyed participating in obedience dog shows and wanted a purebred so I could enter a wider range of shows. I read the AKC dog book and thought a basenji would be a great choice because of their short hair. I was also fascinated by the breed's interesting characteristics, such as its barkless vocalizations and supposed high intelligence.
However, once I saved up my money and bought Libby from a breeder, I realized that basenjis are very difficult to train. I eventually gave up on ever showing her. I was also unable to break Libby of bad habits such as biting, running away, and tearing up garbage. I was emotionally attached to her, but by the time she died 14 years later, we were not really sorry to see her go.

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