As pets, many families obtain various species of animals. That’s because they’re looking for a lifemate with whom they may share wonderful experiences. We know that various creatures, such as dogs, cats, birds, rodents, snakes, and others, can be called pets. However, they are not acquired by everyone for those reasons.
Many people, particularly animal breeders, purchase any of these species for economic or financial reasons. They do this in order to mass-produce said animals, resulting in several litters, and then sell them when they reach a specific age.
In this section, we’ll talk about Basenji dogs in particular. The Basenji, which originated in Africa, is one of the world’s oldest canines. It is distinguished by being a petite, elegant, and athletic canine.
This type of dog is recognized for being curious, independent, and affectionate, especially with their owners and human family members. When it comes to youngsters, strangers, and other animals, they are a little more reserved.
In fact, for families with small children, they may not be the greatest option. Basenjis are energetic, playful, and naughty. If you don’t give these dogs enough exercise on a daily basis, they may develop destructive habits (for short periods).
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How Many Puppies Can a Basenji Have?
The first thing to know is that not all female Basenjis will produce the same litter size. Everything will be determined by the father’s and mother’s potential. As a result, any breeder of these dogs must do a preliminary analysis to confirm the presence of certain elements that may influence the size of the litter. Here are a few:
- Genetic problems
- General health issues
- Hereditary diseases of either parent
In addition, it is essential to carry out a study about the behavior and physical characteristics of the canine to ensure that the production of the litter is as expected.
Now, we must talk about the natural breeding cycle. The majority of female canines become into heat (also known as estrus or season) twice a year, while tiny breeds may come into season between 3 and 4 times per year. In the case of larger dogs, they may only come into heat once a year. The female will be open to reproduction near the end of estrus and can easily become pregnant.
On the other hand, Basenjis are only in heat once a year, generally in the late summer or early fall. The average Basenji puppy is born between October and December, after a nine-week pregnancy.
Basenji litters are often small, averaging between 5 and 7 puppies every litter. As a result, if a breeder just has one breeding female, just a few pups will be born every year, and they will almost always be sold before pregnancy takes place.
Improving the Basenji Breed
Basenji breeders are always working to enhance the breed by correcting temperament issues, removing hereditary disorders, and only breeding dogs who properly follow breed standards.
Most respected breeders are involved in the show circuit in a certain manner, and their primary goal in breeding is to substitute or supplement their stock with show-quality canines. The litter’s top puppies are frequently kept or sold to other breeders.
Furthermore, many breeders do not breed each year. They decide to stay until they are in need of display or breeding dogs or until all available puppy homes have been found.
Because of the tiny birth sizes, unusual breeds, and strong demand for quality breeding canines, many litters only have two or three puppies available to sell as pets. In fact, if the breeder always has puppies available, his quality should be strongly questioned. That is typically a symptom of a puppy mill masquerading as a breeder, and you should hunt for a dog elsewhere.
How Often Can a Basenji Have a Litter?
We have to be clear that Basenjis are living beings just like humans, so we cannot consider them birthing machines.
Generally, this breed of dog has to produce its litter once a year since constant reproduction can physically deteriorate the mother, affecting its health and, in some cases, causing its death.
In fact, there are breeders who completely ignore this situation and are dedicated to the mass production of litter using a single mother, which is something inhumane.
When Basenji canines are 8-12 months old, they are sexually mature. However, by the age of two years, the majority of them are engaged in reproductive activity. Female dogs will go through an estrous cycle to prepare for pregnancy.
The embryo adheres to the uterus within 2 weeks of conception, which takes 2-5 days of gamete. The gestation cycle of a Basenji, like that of other dogs, is 55-63 days.
Basenji Birthing Issues
When a female Basenji gives birth, there are usually no complications. However, it is possible that it, like any other dog, will develop canine dystocia. This term alludes to problems that may arise during the delivery of the pups, as well as the mother’s incapacity to evacuate the fetus without the assistance of others.
That is a scenario that every breeder should be aware of. As a result, it’s critical to have an emergency veterinarian on hand to assist the dog in this situation. In some circumstances, a cesarean section is the only option.
Why Do Breeders Breed Basenjis?
Generally, breeders breed this type of dog for two main reasons:
- They adore rare dogs like the Basenji.
- They want to have a profitable business.
Basenjis are quite rare due to a number of characteristics. A female of this type only comes into season once per year, and if it is bred, there is usually a waiting list for one of the puppies. Some breeders, in fact, do not breed each year.
Many others, on the other hand, do it for financial reasons. A Basenji puppy can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000, though pricing can vary.