Belle is shy at first so this little beauty will need time to get to know her new family. Once she knows you, she will show her true personality and be at your side or on your lap demanding attention. She has a sweet but sassy way about her but this only adds to her character. Be aware that Belle needs some serious exercise with an active playmate.

In typical Basenji style, Belle counter surfs and begs for food. She will sit for treats, but watch your fingers. She should be supervised when eating as she will steal from unattended bowls or shove the other dog out of the way. Do not grab her bowl until she is done eating or she may food guard in an unpleasant way. This being said, she will not be placed in a home with small children.

Belle sometimes will sleep with you, but mostly, she picks a spot on the sofa or on one of many dog beds to get her rest. If you need to move Belle for some reason, it is strongly advised that you make sure she is fully awake before doing so.

Though there is a dog door for her and she’s trained to use it, Belle will not pee outside if it’s raining. Sometimes she will have accidents in the house if the storm lasts too long or if you don't send her outside prior to bedtime. She must be on a strict potty schedule to avoid accidents!

This little girl loves to play and roughhouse. She loves to chase and tear up toys. Balls don’t survive around her. Among her favorite treats are deer antlers and rabbit chew sticks. I have not yet found a food she doesn’t like.

On leash walks Belle pulls at first but then settles in and walks politely. This girl has a high prey drive so all bets are off if she spots critters in the vicinity. Be aware that she does not fear skunks. She would highly benefit from obedience training; the “leave it” cue would be great for her to learn.

Belle’s ideal home will have a fenced yard or lots of walks. Belle really does need a dog door and a playmate is a must. Adopters must be willing to drive at least three hours in one direction for long distance adoptions.

If your home has room for this little princess, her older foster brothers could use a break.

If you think you could provide Belle 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, Beth Schmidt.

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 Belle.

There is an adoption fee of $350.00 for Belle. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Belle 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 THIS BRAT DOG
Dog's name: Belle
Dog is currently in: Illinois
Birth date: 01/06/2021
Gender: Female
Color: Tricolor
Weight: 20 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, 03/22/2022, 3-year
Parvovirus: Yes, 04/23/2024
Rabies: Yes, 03/22/2022, 3-year
DNA Test for Fanconi: Yes, Negative
Bordetella: Yes, 04/23/2024
Fecal: Yes, 04/23/2024
Fecal test comments: Negative
Heartworm: Yes, 04/23/2024

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day and three snacks
Type of food: Dry mixed with 1 tablespoon of meat.
Brand(s) of food: Blue Wilderness or Fromm Whitefish and Potato
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: None

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: She is a sweet, timid little girl until she settles in. She is great with children but wary of strangers. If approached correctly she is very gentle. She loves her humans and just wants to constantly be with them. Belle needs a playmate or will suffer from separation anxiety. She’s nervous at the vet’s office and should be muzzled.
Lived with children: Yes – after she gets used to them.
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: Unknown
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Most
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Once she gets to know them.
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): Yes – if you touch her food bowl while she is eating.
House broken: Yes – only had accidents during stormy weather.
Destructive indoors: Unknown
Destructive outdoors: Yes
Dog is a climber: Yes
Dog is an escape artist: No
Wakes up grouchy: Sometimes
Rides well in car: Yes

If you are interested in Belle, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Beth Schmidt. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $350.00 for Belle. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Belle 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.