Now before you start thinking that she is channeling her inner pug or beagle, I will qualify that in our two years together she has barked five or six times and it's been one quick and not repeated bark. She looks as startled as I do when it happens, and it's usually when something has startled or upset her. Although I've not read about it extensively, I've seen a number of mentions of basenjis' ability to do a "mock bark" and that they are great mimics. It makes me wonder if I should expose her to more basenjis in order to learn how to properly baroo.
During the entire time I have had her, she has made a wide range of sounds -- howls, whimpers, growls, yelps and other odd sounds. But never what I would call a true "baroo". I've played YouTube videos of barooing basenjis. She cocks her head in interest at first, and then lets out a sigh and goes back to her favorite sunning spot.
A question I have for others is what is defined as a basenji "scream"? I've seen "Dog screams" as a checked or non-checked criteria on intake forms of new BRAT profiles. Bow can be quite a bit of a drama queen, and she will let out what I'd call a scream if she bumps into something or has the slightest ache or pain. If she gets a thorn in her paw, she usually gets heads turning from every direction since she lets out such a loud, shrill sound. I've yet to see any YouTube videos of basenji screams -- no doubt because it's not nearly as charming as a baroo. But I'd appreciate other perspectives on what is defined as the true basenji scream.