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More than 1 Basenji



Kopf schw.w.    Kopf tri    Kopf ro.w.    Kopf brindle



 Live in a Pack 



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If you wish to start building a pack it is advantageous for this race. Life in a pack is the natural way of life of Basenjis. More than one Basenji corresponds to their original life in Africa, desirable from the Basenji's perspective. It is quite possible to keep two or more of them together. Playing ranking fights were trained in the Basenji family  and the  training  by the basenji parents is the best way to start building a pack.

Any attempt by the dogs to change the internal ranking are stopped by their parents in a playful way.

My advice: emphasize consequent but loving education of you dogs, similar to how they do it among each other. Only then will you achieve the natural authority over your dogs. And then the pups will easily fit in with pack and people.

The relationship between human and dog has to be clear. The daily life for a dog needs a clear routine because they are creatures of habit. We are substitute parents for the dog and have to be a role model and responsible. Occasional attempts by my Basenjis to change their ranking versus me I quickly cut short. These can be successfully stopped by a repeated NO! But the Basenji could not be obliged to do something he must be convinced. Please be especially consequent at the beginning of your education of your pup. But never be too authoritarian. 


Our Basenjis


d'Casa Regina Enzio    d'Casa Regina Fucino



In 1980 we bought our first beautiful Basenji r/w Enzio. In 1982 we bought the second r/w male Basenji Fucino. We decided to build a Basenji Dog Friendship, an experiment with two un-castrated males.

"Basenjis can learn to get along with other dogs -- one male and one female dog to a household is best." What's a Basenji? by Betsy Polglase



How does a Basenji dog friendship come about?


The new one tests the elder one



If a new dog is to join a single dog we should expect initial difficulties. That also applied to the addition of a new member to a pack. There as well the ranking get rearranged. In the case of dogs of an unequal age, the older dog will not under any circumstances accept the younger one happily or right away. There can be many reasons for this. There can be many reasons for this, for instance old household privileges which cause jealousy, or the older dog is no longer accustomed to living in a pack.

Man has become the exclusive pack-partner which is, in fact, an unnatural situation for the dog, because we people are substitute parents and carry the responsibility for the dog all his life. Other reasons are not as serious and can be learned by each dog owner after studying the behavior of his dogs.

For a time the two-year-old behaved like a puppy and I therefore also treated him like one. The deciding day came  when the elder one adopted the younger, learned his father role and lead the pack like a game, a good qualification for a beginning dog-friendship. Basenji Characteristics

A friendship was born between Enzio and Fuzzy, which lasted several years in contradiction to all prior warnings about Basenji males. The fundamental opinion was to cohabit only a male and a female dog. It’s true there is no easy going with more than one dog. In retrospect I can say that much good luck was at play when I decided to throw caution to the wind and boldly, being not a breeder, elected to keep two un-castrated males. My husband and I experienced with great happiness the emergence and fulfillment of a Basenji dog friendship. But it is clear that  Basenjis love to have a companion. Basenjis  are dogs to live in the middle of action or to be  in a pack. They should not have to be  alone  for several hours at home. We learned meanwhile that it is advantageous for this race the keep more than one, desirable from the Basenji's perspective.

My first dog friendship lasted throughout the dogs lives. My dogs died aged 14 ½ and 13 ½ . They suffered from cancer. Basenji age When the cancer treatment didn’t work I had to make my decision. I had promised the dogs they wouldn’t have to suffer. I missed them very much for a long time.

Saying "Goodbye"   Author Sally Wallis



  My old Basenjis Enzio and Fucino d' Casa Regina



The new Ones


Littermates   Father Burundi train his yodelling and curious puppies




1995 my husband and I decided once more to buy a new Basenji pack to continue our hobby. We bought two males Mokoondi’s Azande and Angori, littermates, from the breeder, Mrs. Dagmar Wagner. mokoondi Since 1996  these beautiful littermates belong to me, Mokoondi’s Azande a wonderful tricolour Basenji male and Mokoondi’s  Angori a wonderful red and white male.



  Puppies Nursery in their new home




We found out that littermates were very good companions from the beginning of their life. The two had a wonderful playtime and training with their four littermates together with their dog parents in an originally Basenji Family. The breeder trained them well to live in in a new home.

Partner Man Dog




Anubar el Aton becomes the "new Basenji father"

 and train and adopt Anzande and Angori.






Basenji games


The dominance game, as a survival skill of dogs, certainly is an important prerequisite in conflicts and friendships. Friendship cements the formation of the pack and solidifies the ranking through dominance games. All dogs can experience this but they must know each other well enough to accept their place in the pack. The ranking order is most important in propagation (the strongest male) and in hunting (the most experienced).






The pack is built, the Basenjis trust each other in a Dog Friendship. The owner become the leader of the pack, his social role for the dogs.

Tasks and games for dogs can be learned in dog training classes. There the Basenjis also have an opportunity to meet other kinds of dogs.


News from the wolf research may be interesting for Basenji owners.  Englische Forschungsberichte