Coco is a sweet, affectionate five-year-old tricolor Basenji boy. His color is also called “trindle” as he has some brindle in the brown fur. Generally, he is not house destructive, but hey, he’s a Basenji. He was an only dog for five years and may be happiest as the only dog in his forever home. He can sometimes get along with other younger dogs, as long as they are not too pushy. He has been trained to some extent and knows sit and down. He's fine to put a lead on. He knows what the doggie door is for, but prefers to be walked to do his business.

Coco can be aggressive (even hostile) to other male dogs. He would probably do best with a young, non-alpha female or as an only dog. He likes to play with his two year old foster sister and run the Basenji 500. Coco loves walks but is just as content hanging out on the couch with a nice, chewy bone. He can often be found snuggled up in his favorite human’s lap.

He seems to prefer ladies and is not very fond of men. Coco can be rather shy with strangers at first and takes time to warm up to them. He likes to be petted and loved on once he gets to know a person. He does not like to be picked up. He will give a warning to let you know if he’s not happy with something, and it’s best to stop for a minute and let him calm down. Distractions are a good way to deal with this.

Coco’s forever home needs to be with a very Basenji-experienced person or family. He needs discipline and a firm hand. He is a resource guarder ­­— both with food, other objects, and his favorite person. If Coco has something he shouldn’t, it is best to distract him and trade with a new desirable object. He can be hard-headed so it is best to get him to focus on something else.

Coco is young and has lots of energy. He does not like being crated. He can be an escape artist and will climb anything he can hook his toes into. He has jumped a 4’ fence to get to his person on the other side. Since he is a climber, he will not be placed in a home with a chain link fence. This is for his own safety. It is preferable that his new home have a 6-foot (or higher) wood fence. If his new home does not have a secure yard, he would need many long, daily walks. A tired Basenji is a good Basenji.

Basenji savvy cats in the home would be fine as long as they don’t mind being chased.

If you think you could provide Coco with love, activity, and evening cuddle time, please read the data sheet below carefully, complete the BRAT adoption form (if you have not previously done so) and contact the BRAT coordinator, Debra Johnson.

The coordinator's link will take you to a form that will ask you your name, email address, the city and state you live in, why this dog is perfect for your family, a typical day in your household, and, if applicable, how you plan to transport Coco.

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Coco. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Coco and future Basenjis in rescue. BRAT adopters receive a dog that has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and internal worms if necessary, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome (dogs under 10), and heartworm tested. Our dogs get recommended dental work. When indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. They are also temperament evaluated. In addition, BRAT provides free lifetime post-adoption counseling to help deal with behavioral or health issues. Finally, we provide a free lifetime identification tag connected to our "lost dog" toll free number.

ABOUT COCO
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Coco
Dog is currently in: Illinois
Birth date: 11/24/2013
Gender: Male
Color: Tricolor
Weight: 23 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS and MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, given on 3/28/18
Parvovirus: Yes, 3/28/18
Rabies: Yes, 3/30/16 (3 year vaccine)
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 3/28/18
Lyme Disease: Yes, 3/28/18
Fecal: No
Heartworm: Yes, negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, Tri-Heart Plus
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes, Clear/Normal
Other tests: Basic bloodwork
Other regular medication: Yes
Regular medication info: First Shield Trio monthly for fleas/ticks

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: 2XDay
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Beneful Grain-free
Favorite foods: All

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Sweet, but slow to warm up to new people, can be food and dog aggressive, doesn't like to be touched unless he asks for it, sometimes snarky
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: No
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: No
Lived with dogs: Yes (only in foster home)
Likes dogs: Can be dog aggressive, especially to other males
Prefers men or women: women , can be aggressive to men
Likes strangers: No
Nips (playfully): Yes, situational (if provoked)
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: No, does not like crates and may snap if pushed into a crate
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: Yes
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: Yes
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: In bed with foster family

If you are interested in Coco, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Debra Johnson. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Coco. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Coco and future Basenjis in rescue. BRAT adopters receive a dog that has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and internal worms if necessary, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome (dogs under 10), and heartworm tested. Our dogs get recommended dental work. When indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. They are also temperament evaluated. In addition, BRAT provides free lifetime post-adoption counseling to help deal with behavioral or health issues. Finally, we provide a free lifetime identification tag connected to our "lost dog" toll free number.