On this page, you will find information about Basenji's.

To learn more about basenjis click on this link to the Basenji Club of America:
Is A Basenji Right For Me?

Top 20 Question and Answers


1) Q: Are Beaubri Basenjis registered? Do they come with papers?

A: Yes. Adults and puppies are registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) (http://www.ckc.ca/en/). Most of the parents are also registered with the American Kennel Cub (AKC).

Being a member of the CKC, AKC, BCOC (Basenji Club Of Canada) and BCOA (Basenji Club Of America), it is illegal, unethical and immoral, to sell un-registered puppies. Please click below for more information. http://www.ckc.ca/en/

2) Q: How old are the pups when I can bring them home?

A: The earliest they can go to their new homes is at 8-10 weeks of age. If it were any earlier, they would have not had enough time to develop and grow into healthy, happy puppies.

3) Q: How much do you sell them for?

A: I prefer the word "place" rather than "sell". These are my babies. I helped bring them into this world and am responsible for their well being throughout their lives. For a quote as to the cost of a Beaubri puppy, please contact Simone via EMAIL.

4) Q: How do you decide on your prices?

A: Both parents are OFA'd (http://www.offa.org/) for hip dysplasia and patella's (knee caps). Please visit http://www.beaubri.com/FAQ.html for more in-depth information. The puppies will have had their first set of vaccinations and will have been de-wormed. They will also be microchipped for identification.

As you will read below, there is a lot more testing and planning that goes into conscientious breeding than just mating two dogs together.

5) Q: I see many different dogs/breeds in the newspapers are sold for less. Why is that?

A: Responsible breeders dedicate their lives to breeding healthy, happy dogs. It takes a wealth of knowledgeable research, experience and health testing to produce a healthy dog. Breeders also guarantee their puppies and adult dogs for health.

There are many additional costs that go into responsible breeding that people don't realize. A few examples are: The cost of a stud fee, and flying the girl to the stud (if necessary) and back, OR the cost of frozen or chilled semen plus shipping & customs charges. The costs of testing the girl to be bred (brucellosis, progesterone or target testing). Then the costs of an ultrasound and x-rays. If it's a difficult birth, add the cost of an emergency vet visit and C section. Don't forget the increased cost of a proper nutritional diet for the pregnant girl and the additional food the puppies will gobble down three or four times a day. Lastly, the cost of two loads of laundry a day to keep the pups in clean blankets. There are other small costs (too numerous to mention) that really add up in producing a healthy litter.

Most, but not all, dogs that are advertised in newspapers are dogs that no longer fit into their owners lives for whatever reason, litters that are born by mistake, or just that owner that want to have a puppy from their dog. Please be aware of BYB (back yard breeders) or puppy mills. Be aware of puppies sold in pet stores. Many times these particular dogs are not health tested beforehand. Dog 'A' meets dog 'B'.  Result, cute little puppies for sale.

6) Q: What health testing do you do if any?

A: First off, BEWARE of any breeder that does NOT do health testing. Sometimes there is a specific reason for one or more tests not to have been done BUT more often than not it is the unscrupulous breeder that doesn't test due to the possibility of these tests cutting into their so-called profit. A reputable breeder rarely IF EVER makes a profit on their litters.

A reputable breeder will do all they can to better the breed. Health testing is an important part of this commitment. Please visit FAQ for more health information on Basenjis. When talking to a breeder, ask to see the test results. Don't just take 'their' word for it that it has been done.

At Beaubri, ALL dogs in my care are tested for hip dysplasia (http://www.offa.org/hipgeninfo.html) at 2 years of age and up. This is the earliest age the OFA (http://www.offa.org/) will provide a certificate for this test. All of my dogs are tested for patellar luxation (http://www.offa.org/patluxgeninfo.html) The earliest this test can be done is at 1 year of age for certification.

All puppies are examined by a veterinarian and will receive a Health Certificate prior to being sent to their new homes

I research many dog's pedigrees to find the perfect match for my girls. In breeding quality healthy puppies, it takes more than just "two to tango".

7) Q: Is it true that Basenji's don't bark?

A: To a point, yes. In fact, they do not bark consistently like an 'average' dog. Their vocal cords are more likened to humans. Therefore if you bark a few times your throat hurts. The same thing hold true for a Basenji. The do bark on occasion though. One or two woofs. That's it. But, they are not a mute or silent dog either. They can scream, talk, whine and of course yodel.

8) Q: I've read that Basenjis dig and climb. Can they?

A: Yes, they have been know to do both BUT I try to discourage this. None of the Basenji's that live with me do either. It is something you must be aware of however.

9) Q: Basenji's don't shed. Is this true?

A: No. Basenjis, like any other animal, including humans, shed BUT Basenjis do not shed like the average dog. Mainly they shed once a year and usually will release the most hair from the back of their neck. Regular brushing will limit this. With shedding, the highs and lows in the weather as well as indoor lighting play a factor.

10) Q: Are Basenjis good with children?

A: Yes. If you get a puppy and they are brought up properly with children they are great. I personally would not take an older dog who has never met children and place him in an atmosphere that he has never been exposed to or become accustomed to.

11) Q: Are basenjis good with cats and other dogs?

A: Yes, if introduced to and been well socialized with as a puppy.

12) Q: I've read Basenjis are an active dog. Can they live in a condo or apartment?

A: Basenjis are well suited to an apartment. Just make sure they get regular walks. They love exercise but also enjoy just curling up on the couch with you.

13) Q: I've heard Basenjis are destructive. Are they?

A: Like any dog, if left alone for long periods of time, they will get bored and find something to amuse themselves with. Most adults are perfectly well mannered provided they are trained properly. Generally it's mostly puppies that should not be left to their own devices. Puppies love to explore their new world and, if left unsupervised, can and will get into mischief.

14) Q: Is it better to own a male or female? What is the difference?

A: Mostly it's personal preference. The males lift their leg, the girls squat. Personality or activity level does not differ between the sexes. I would suggest though, if you have a male or female dog already, it would be best to get a second dog of the opposite sex.

15) Q: I understand Basenjis are hypo-allergenic. Is this true?

A: To a point yes. Their coat is more likened to hair than fur just as their dander is. Most people who are allergic to animals can live with a Basenji. If you have allergies it is best to visit the breeder's dogs a few times to make sure you are not affected by them.

16) Q: I think crate training is mean. Why do you want me to do it??

A: To a dog, their crate is like their own bedroom. They will go in, often of their own choice, for a quiet, undisturbed nap. It's their den. Never pull a dog out from it's crate. It's their sanctuary. In life we all need a 'time out' at times. If your dog is getting too feisty and won't settle down, just tell him to go in his crate. Or, if you are having a lot of people over, it's safer for him to stay in his crate than to escape out the front or back door or steal food off the dinner table :))

17) Q: From what I've read, Basenji's are cat-like. How so?

A: They can be independent and aloof. They also lick and clean themselves like a cat. They love to lie on the back of the couch, and watch life go by. Make no mistake though, they are definitely a dog.

18) Q: I've heard Basenji's are escape artists. Is this true?

A: YES. A front door or gate left open is an invitation to run and explore. They are also very good at opening screen or patio doors. They are very inquisitive by nature. Basenjis are from the hound group so their instinct is to hunt and chase. It may be the neighbours cat, a bird or rabbit, or even cars. Cars are just bigger, faster prey. If a Basenji escapes from the house, 9 times out of ten they will be hit by a car. They run very fast and don't obey traffic lights nor do they give any thought to their own safety. It is up to all humans to protect their dogs and to keep them out of harm's way. This is one very good reason why a 6-foot fence is recommended.

19) Q: Are Basenjis hard to train?

A: Basenjis are very intelligent. Smart like a fox actually. As with any breed, it is best to start training as soon as you get your puppy. Using treats, cookies or food, teach your puppy the basics, like sit, down, off, wait, heel, etc. Training a puppy properly and consistently will result in a polite, well behaved adult dog. Basenjis do have their own mind, so consistency and patience are the key. As with training any dog, always end the session on a positive note.

20) Q: Can I walk my Basenji off lead?

A: NO. As explained in answer 18, Basenjis can be distracted easily outside. They should ALWAYS be on a lead to keep them safe.