Basenji Information

Since December 1999, after launching my Rugosa Basenjis web site, I have received hundreds of inquiries from visitors. Most of these have been requests for more information on this wonderful breed. I am so impressed with the number of people willing to do the research needed to decide if a basenji would fit into their lifestyle, but found myself answering some of the same questions over and over and over. So, I've tried to answer the most common questions I received here.

The following links will take you to the various pages of this "Information Packet." Please keep in mind that some of the information is my "opinion" and there will be good breeders who will disagree with what I believe. Contact other breeders and discuss these same topics with them. It is your job, as a buyer, to do your research, and find the breeder you feel you can trust, and that you feel comfortable with.

10 Reasons Not to Get a Basenji

What is a Reputable Breeder?

Health Concerns in the Breed

Finding a Basenji Breeder

Rugosa Basenjis Philosophy

Info on Puppy Mills and Pet Shops

feel free to pass this site on to anyone who may be interested in the basenji.

You will find varying ideas among breeders, but hopefully, when it comes to health, temperament and conformation, the breeder you decide on will be dedicated to preserving this unique breed.

Please feel free to contact me for any help you may need, regardless of where you got your basenji. If I can't answer your questions, I will refer you to someone who can. My goal is that each basenji be placed in its "forever" home right from the start, something that will only happen if those looking for a basenji are educated and armed with the information needed to make a wise decision.


Vickie Perrine
Rugosa Basenjis

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