A College Student’s Dog

Getting a Basenji in a dog-restricted apartment is irresponsible.


Q. My brother is a college student and lives in an apartment building close to campus that permits cats but not dogs. He has decided to get a dog anyway but has chosen a Basenji because they don’t bark. What do you think about his plan?

A. Not much. If your brother really has his heart set on a dog, I suggest he find an apartment building where dogs are welcome. If he goes through with his plan, not only will he be violating the terms of his lease but the breed he has chosen, while technically “barkless,” is far from mute.

Basenjis emit an unusual “chortle” when they’re happy. It’s called a “yodel” and it is definitely audible. Basenjis can also produce a variety of other sound effects depending on their mood. They are not silent.

And what about daily walks? You can’t keep a dog hidden from view and deprive it of exercise. It’s irresponsible to purchase a dog under such conditions, knowing he may not last once suspicious tenants report your brother and his “illegal pet.”


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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

3/6/2013 2:14:53 PM

Good response to a terrible idea!

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Robin   Lewisville, TX

1/22/2011 6:44:55 AM

I agree that it is irresponsible to bring home a pooch to a no-pooch-allowed apartment complex. I agree that walking a pooch daily will make it very easy to discover he is violating the

When in violation of a lease, he may be required to vacate and while still be required to pay rent through the end of the lease in a lump parting sum. I agree that he should move if he plans to bring a dog home to live with him. Dogs need a forever home and a forever care-giver.

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C. B.   Boston, MA

1/2/2011 10:58:20 AM

This is another reason why dogs end up in shelters because of selfish and irresponsible people like your brother. You are going to school, you don't have the maturity to make a rational or reasonable decision evidenced by your insistence on breaking your lease which will inevitably leave the dog out in the cold. I believe it is cruel to saddle any dog or a Basenji with you who obviously won't do what is best for the dog.

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Lynn   Buellton, CA

7/15/2010 8:49:58 PM

I have a 5 year old Basenji. They are great dogs however, they are not friendly to strangers. The college student might consider both moving and getting insurance because this breed has no problem with biting anyone who invades their space. I always warn people when they even look at my dog..."she's not friendly" to be safe. They are also big hunters. In the past 5 months, my Basenji has caught and killed a squirrel, black bird and just last week, a beaver in our local river (and Basenjis HATE water). I hope everything works out for the college student but more for the sake of the dog involved. GOOD LUCK!

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