Welcome to Senjabi Basenjis

We hope you enjoy your visit to this site.

Within this site you will learn about us, our dogs and our plans for the future. There is also plenty of information about the breed, and what services and support we offer.

Comments about our website are welcome, and if you have any handy tips or advice, please feel free to let us know.

The boys - Vani, Pharro, Sooty and Winston

Basenji Rehome/Rescue Service

I was getting calls and emails from people who could no longer keep their Basenji, and having found my website, contacted me in hope that I could help them place their dog, thus the Basenji Rehome/Rescue Service was set up.

As a breeder I take my responsibility seriously and will take back or assist in rehoming any dog that I have bred and that the owners are no longer able to care for – for whatever reason. And as I don’t breed very often, most dogs I have rehomed were bred by other people.

As there is no Basenji Club in New Zealand which can assist in funding the rehoming of Basenjis, all the time and money I spend on toll calls, travelling to & from airports to pick up/drop off dogs, including time off work to do these things, is at my own expense. For this reason, donations are most welcome and greatly appreciated and any funds received will be put towards transport, neutering/spaying, microchipping, registering etc of Basenjis being rehomed.

Quite often getting a Basenji from A to B is the biggest expense. To fly a dog from the North Island to the South Island is $170 (up to 20kg) – whether it is Wellington to Nelson or Kaitaia to Invercargill. The within island rate is $94.50 (up to 20kg). There is also a Pet Courier who operates in the North Island – this costs a lot less, but obviously more travelling time is involved for the dog. If the dog isn’t too far away, there is also the option of going and picking up the dog my/yourself.

How to breed Basenji

People from all over the world have a weak spot for canine breeds. With their muscular body, beautiful coat, curly tail and wrinkled brows, there is no doubt that the Basenjis are much cherished partners. Whether you want an intelligent watchdog, or you look for an affectionate pet for your children, these dogs can be the perfect companions for your household.

Although, they were first discovered in Congo in the 19th century and were mainly used by tribes as goods carriers or helped humans with their hunting, nowadays’ Basenjis do very well as family pups. The first thing you should take in consideration is that they are naturally vey curios and want to be implicated in every little thing you do.

It is important that you stimulate his physical and mental abilities every day, otherwise he might become bored and he may chew up the things in your house so that he will find something interesting that will catch his attention. Next time you come home from work, do not waste your time on http://www.camplace.com and go out for some chasing and hunt games.

As these canines are courageous, can be strongly protective of their families and suspicious of strangers, they need many sociable experiences so that they can distinguish between accepted and unaccepted behaviors from people. With the proper training, they can guard your family members and house very well since they are highly alert. He relies on his incredible hearing and smell and chases everything that moves.

Basenjis have a bold temperament and are very stubborn. With an independent personality, they can be a little bit tricky when it comes to training because they do not listen to commands very well and are a dominant breed. You should have patience and constantly show them through creative methods that you are the boss in your home. Offer them food rewards and praise.

Typically an intelligent creature, this dog needs high fences and good security or else he will escape over or under the barriers and run in search of another adventure. Make sure you are prepared for any escape attempts and keep him in the safety of your property. Due to his short coat, you will appreciate the low maintenance as he can be easily groomed.

Despite the fact that he a domesticated pooch, the females can only breed once a year and not twice like others. While he is well-known as a dog that does not bark and he is silent, he can still make sounds such as yodels, whines and growls because he has a strong instinct for preys and is immediately alerted when something changes in his panoramic view.

In general, the Basenjis are a healthy breed, but there are some conditions you should take into account like eye and kidney illnesses. If you think these pets suit your lifestyle or house and you are ready for some challenges that you might face every day, enjoy the unique character of a Basenji and you will definitely never regret it!

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