|Temperament||A curious and quiet breed who is highly intelligent and playful.|
|Suitable||A very active dog that requires a family who loves to get out and about.|
|Health||A generally healthy breed of dog that can suffer from common complaints.|
|COMMON CLAIMS||MAXIMUM CLAIM|
|Anal Sac Disorder||$983.10|
|Eye Condition Other||$284.01|
|Foreign Body Or Toxin Ingestion||$805.85|
*Pet Insurance Australia Data 2022/2023
Being a brilliant dog, the Basenji are also well known for their stubbornness in training. They are not an ‘eager to please breed’, and his ability to ultimately think for himself brings much frustration regarding training. Even the most well-trained Basenji may decide not to listen. However, this breed loves to play and run, so the trick with training is patience and enthusiasm. Like all breeds, Basenji do not take well to harsh punishment methods of training; you need to teach your dog to work alongside you and speak the same language, or they will become timid and stubborn. Do not let your precious pup become bored, or they will decide not to listen. Listen to your dog’s cues when they have had enough, and get creative. Understanding the history of the breed and the inherited desires to give chase will help you determine the type of dog sports your pup will excel at. Dog sports are a great tool to keep up with your training in a fun and active way to keep your dog interested. Think lures and agility. Early socialisation is essential. Consider as many sights, sounds and experiences as possible in puppyhood. Enrolling in a good quality puppy preschool will also set your pup on the right track with training and socialisation with other puppies.
This breed is super easy to care for when it comes to grooming. Being known for their cat-like nature in terms of self-care, they will keep their coats clean and in good health. The Basenji is a slight shedder, so a good rub over with a brush or mitt every few days will help keep the short hair from invading your clothing. Like all dogs, getting your puppy used to someone touching their paws, face, ears, and mouth is a great way to desensitise your pup to vet visits. Nail trimming should also start in puppyhood. Have your local vet or vet nurse demonstrate how to safely nail clip your dog at your next visit.
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Like all dog breeds, Basenjis can be prone to specific health conditions.
This breed is energetic and needs an excellent on-leash brisk walk twice daily. Many Basenji owners do not allow their pups to run off-leash. Having a strong prey instinct and an independent nature, once they catch sight or smell of something more interesting, you can be off like a flash of lightning. However, some owners do have success running their dogs off-leash in well-contained or fenced areas. The breed also loves to play, so incorporating a good play session with your pup will help create a strong bond and assist with constant training. This breed also does well in dog sports.
The Basenji is a brilliant, independent dog. If they are not exercised correctly and have an enriching environment to spend the day, they will become destructive. The breed does not bark but makes fascinating noises and can almost sing the dull day away with a good array of yodelling. Keeping your pup correctly exercised and entertained will prevent boredom-related destructive behaviour. Consider rotating home-alone toys and giving your puppy a job before leaving for work each day – sniffing out the biscuits or a treatball works well here. The breed is known for eating and chewing anything in sight. So, your pup must have a good selection of solid chew toys and keep them interested in these toys. Remember to pick them up and remove them when you return home from work. Rotating their daily home-alone toys can not only extend the life of the toy but also extend your dog’s interest in them.
The Basenji makes an excellent companion to a busy household. They love to play and will enjoy older children’s energy and constant companionship if they have grown up alongside them. Like with all dogs, it’s essential to train your dog how to correctly interact with your children and teach your children how to play with a dog correctly. All interactions should be supervised. This breed is a sighthound, so interactions with smaller pets should always be taken with care. Don’t be surprised if your pup chases the cat. They can learn to live harmoniously with cats if socialised correctly during puppyhood. However, it is probably best not to risk it with other small mammals like rabbits, hamsters and mice.
This breed will require a good solid fence that needs to be checked constantly. They are incredible escape artists and climbers, so care needs to be taken concerning the confinement of your pup. These dogs will thrive only around their pack, so long, endless hours trapped in a backyard will spell disaster for this breed. Ensure you provide ample shade in the hot summer months alongside good weatherproof areas in the winter. The breed is also suited to apartment living. However, with any breed, the key to adaptability is ensuring the correct amount of exercise is implemented to keep your pup happy.
If you are considering welcoming a Basenji into your home, it is crucial to only work with reputable breeders who test their breeding dogs for common inherited health conditions.
Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see Mum and Dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should also have paperwork to prove they regularly test their bloodlines for genetic diseases. It may take a little preparation and time before you hear the pitter-patter of puppy paws, but it can save you and your family a lot of pain and costs associated with many hereditary diseases.
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