This year's puppies are all reserved and we have no adult dogs for rehoming. Our next litter will be in December of 2021.
Send us an email or join our email update list and we will put you on our puppy update list. We will update you when litters are due. When the puppies are born, we send an email to our update list and take reservations on a first come first serve basis to qualified families. This gives everyone a fair chance at getting a puppy. Puppies are typically all reserved within a few days of birth, so you will want to get on the list if you wish to reserve one.
Our puppies are sold with first shots, health guarantee and AKC pedigree paperwork. The cost of a puppy in 2020 was $2,000 and may go up a bit each year. A 50% deposit and qualification discussion and decision with breeder is needed within a week of reservation request to finalize any reservation. The choice of exact puppy (including color, gender, etc) will be chosen at the "puppy draft" by reservation order at approximately 6 weeks of age, whereby the first reservation has pick of the litter, the second reservation has the next pick and so forth.
For more details see Q&As below.
Q: How many puppies are you expecting in your next litter?
A: Only God knows. I would guess between 3 and 6. Medically we can do expensive ultrasounds or X-rays, but they literally only tell the number and provide no real health information or drive any health actions, so we just let it be a surprise.
Q: Can I visit before the puppies are born to test that allergies are not a problem for a family member?
A: In the past I have done this and allergies have never been an issue, even for people that claim they are severely allergic to most other breeds. Some have even stated they adopted a puppy of another breed that was purported as non-allergenic and they had problems and had to remove the puppy from their family, which is sad. Given this, it is important to test allergies before getting a puppy. Having said this, it is too difficult to arrange visits now with COVID concerns. So I suggest that any family with this concern can still reserve a puppy and test for allergies to Sahara and the puppy within 2 weeks of birth and withdraw their reservation if there is any concern and get a full refund.
Q: How does the reservation process work?
A: I start taking reservations for puppies only after they are born. To keep the process fair and even, this is how it works... Within a day or so of the litter birth, we send an email to this email update list and take reservations by email on a first come first serve basis to qualified families. Puppies are typically all reserved within a few days of birth, so you will want to watch your email and respond quickly if you wish to reserve one. I take as many reservations as there are puppies plus a couple families are put on waitlist in case a reservation is canceled. Families with reservations come to my home and visit with the newborn puppies. I talk with them during this visit to qualify them as having the ability to raise a puppy, then they typically sign the adoption agreement and place their deposit. The puppy agreement paper and 50% deposit is due within 7 days to confirm and hold the reservation.
Q: How do you determine a "qualified family"?
A: It's important that any puppy be placed in a home that is ready and capable of caring for a puppy. Puppies are a lot of work and a 12-15 year commitment, so the decision should be made carefully. I simply get to know the prospective family and ask about their abilities to care for a puppy and their long-term intentions. It is also important that the family know the qualities and limitations of the Basenji breed.
Q: If I get a reservation, when and how do I pick my puppy?
A: Families with reservations often visit the puppies every 2 weeks while the puppies develop. Puppies go home at about 8 weeks of age in mid-February. With COVID, visits may be more limited. When puppies are approximately 6 weeks old, we have a "puppy draft". On puppy draft day, all families meet together and discuss their interests and preferences as they see fit. Then each family selects a puppy in the order of their reservation. The first reservation has the pick of the litter, the second reservation has the next pick and so forth. We may modify this process due to COVID restrictions.
Q: What comes with a puppy purchase?
A: Our puppies are sold with first shots, health guarantee and AKC pedigree paperwork.
Q: How much is a puppy?
A: I will finalize the pricing by the time the puppies arrive. I expect the pricing this year to be at or around $2k.
Legal disclaimer: We take sole responsibility and have sole authority to place puppies as fairly as we see fit. We make no guarantees or commitments to anyone on the update list, newsletter list, or by email or otherwise. Only when we formally take reservations and only after the reservation
is finalized with inked signatures is any commitment made for any party.
Join our Boston Basenji Facebook Group by clicking on the button. We hold meetups a few times a year and you are welcome to stop by to meet the dogs and owners and learn more about the basenji breed.