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Mandalay Basenjis

Home Raised


Puppies & Adults

Show/Performance & Non-Show Homes

  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 87 of 195
  • Height: 17 inches (male), 16 inches (female)
  • Weight: 24 pounds (male), 22 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 13-14 years

1 (519) 697-DOGS (3647)

We tend to get a lot of people calling with the same questions so I thought I would answer some of them on our site. Hope these help. If you still have questions please call us at 519-697-DOGS(3647).


1) How much do they cost? – Most Purebred Dogs currently cost anywhere from $2500-$4500.   

2) Why do you charge more for Non-Show? We feel that people who Show can use a break on the price. The money they “saved” on the purchase price of the Dog will help cover the Show Fees. At Mandalay we typically charge $2500.00 for a Show Home and $3000.00 for a Non-Show Home.

3) Why do some Breeders charge different amounts? – Each Breeder is in charge of setting their own price. Keep in mind though the going rate is around $3000.00. Why pay less to “get a deal”. Our Dogs go home with food, toys, blanket, pictures, Breeder after care, free Babysitting and much more. Do other Breeders offer that? Do your research.

4) Why do you only breed every 3-4 years when other Breeders breed 3-4 times a year?  –  We here at Mandalay feel that over breeding (over breeding is having 1 or more litters/year) any Breed of Dog is not good so we only breed every 3-4 years. This helps prevent over populating and helps us not have too many Dogs at our home. It also gives our Pups time to develop so we can decide if we want to use the Sire or Dam again with another prospect (we do not do repeat Breedings).

5) Why do you not do “Repeat Breedings”? – Repeat Breedings are where you use the same Sire and Dam. We have been taught from various Reputable Breeders that if you like what you got the first time you might not get it again by doing a repeat Breeding. Every time you breed a litter you are suppose to be improving on the Parents. Using the same Dogs over and over again will not improve anything, in fact it could make it worse.

6) Why do you not take deposits? – Simple answer is “We are not scared”. If you really want a Puppy from us you will make sure that we know that you want a Puppy from us. We DO NOT believe in the “First Come First Serve” method that other Breeders use because we take the time to match the Puppy with the right home. Before the Pups are born we cannot predict number, gender, color or personalities so why would we take money from People only to find out later we do not have a Pup for them. It is easier to not take money until we will match up the Pups with the right homes from those who show me that they are serious about our Pups. We have heard too many horror stories about Breeders (from various Breeds) who take Deposits and never contact the People again or people who were given a Puppy that did not suit their home only because the Breeder did “first come first serve”.

7) Why do your Pups go home after 12 weeks? We take the time to raise our Pups correctly. Breeders that are in it for the money like to see the Pups go by 8-10 weeks. All Pups go through a phase called “Puppy fear” between 8-10 weeks. We help them get though it. If you get a Puppy at 8 weeks you might not know how do deal with Puppy Fear and therefore could be setting  your Pup up for failure. Starting at 5-7 weeks we start Socializing our Pups in public. We take the time to take them on trips both local and long distance and get them use to all sorts of situations. Keeping them until 12 weeks also lets the Adult Dogs and their Siblings teach them right from wrong. Nothing is better than watching the Pups learn life lessons from the Adults because the lessons seem to stick better then if we Humans tried to teach them. We also make sure the Pups have their shots so all you have to do is Rabies at 6 months of age.

8) How do you differ from other Breeders? – Very simple every Breeder is different. It is up to you to do your research and decide who you want to deal with for the next 15 years. There are Breeders out there who are just in it for the money and those who truly care about the Breed. We here at Mandalay are about the Breed. You can tell because we Show our Dogs in Conformation and Performance Events, we only Breed every 3-4 years, we keep our numbers low at home in case we get a return or take longer placing a Puppy, our Pups go home after 12 weeks, we keep in touch with our Puppy people, we have references from our Puppy People and much more. The choice is clear to me but at the end of the day it is your decision. Do your homework and pick the Breeder that is right for you.

9)Why do you not like email? –  We find talking on the phone is much better as we can tell a lot about a person over the phone. Email is not professional and very “cold”. If you decide to email us we will reply with our phone number for you to call us back at so you might as well just call us from the start.

10) What is the difference between a “Registered Breeder” and a “Certified Breeder”? – Nothing. Some people and websites (Kijiji) use these terms but they are incorrect. As a Breeder our Kennel Name and our Dogs are Registered with the Canadian Kennel Club but we are not. We pay a yearly membership to the CKC, BCOC and BCOA but it has nothing to do with our Breeding programs. No one from CKC, UKC, AKC, BCOC, BCOA or Ag Canada comes over to check us out. There aren’t any rules about how to raise Puppies. It is like becoming a Parent. You do the best you can with what you’ve got.

11) What is the difference between a “Puppy Mill or “Backyard Breeder”? – Nothing. A Puppy Mill or Backyard Breeder are what we call those “Breeders” who are in it for the money. They usually breed multiple times per year (either using the same Bitch or having a few Bitches for breeding), they breed multiple breeds, they sell the Pups before they are 10 weeks old, they don’t socialize Pups, they tend to have multiple litters at the same time or always seem to have Puppies. PM’s or BYB’s may still Register their Dogs with the CKC, AKC or UKC. PM /BYB might even Show their dogs. Just because the pup comes with papers doesn’t mean it is a Reputable Breeder. Do your research.

12) Do you have Puppies/When are you having Puppies? We’re Expecting Puppies! Lula: GCh Am Ch. Lula Molusco Itapuca (red/white) and Daytona: Am UKC Ch. Mandalay’s DRMZ2WN With Bluestone (black/white) are expecting their first litter together. Pups are due around Black Friday and will be ready for their new homes by the end of February. Pups are clear for Fanconi through parentage. If you are interested in acquiring one of these pups please call us at 519-697-DOGS(3647). Serious inquires only please. For more information about the breed you can visit the Basenji Club of America website.

13) Fanconi Disease? Fanconi is an adult onset kidney disease. If caught in time it can be controlled with lots pills a day so it is not something that we want to see Basenjis getting. I am pleased to say that I have never had a Fanconi dog. For more info about this disease please visit Basenji Club of Canada, Basenji Club of America or the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) websites.

Hopefully these FAQ’S helped you with your search for a Basenjis. We look forward to speaking with you. Please call us at 519-697-DOGS(3647).