"Basenjis don't shed much."
That was one of the supposed perks of basenji life that I looked forward to after having cats for 20 years and the daily brushing, vacuuming and collecting of little balls of hair in every corner of the house.
With my first basenji, Bow, that proved to be true, but it all changed when Shaka and Audrey arrived.
Having lived outdoors most of their life previously and with Audrey arriving a few months after being what I am certain was back yard breeding stock, her coat has been in "transition" over the 11 months since she arrived. Not that I am complaining, but the little daily clean up jobs have been as intense as having to cats. It was clear that her body was adjusting from having lived outside and having delivered puppies, and that meant a coat that has been very much in transition.
When I picked them up at a county animal control shelter last May, my jaw dropped when I saw Audrey who was skin and bones, and her coat was more like a porcupine than a basenji, and her body coat color was three to four shades lighter than her head that was soft and the normal deep, reddish brown of a healthy basenji.
Living inside, getting good diet and exercise, regular brushing and skin and coat supplements have worked slowly to where she now has an even, silky coat that she deserves. I'm curious of any other suggestions others might have for keeping the coat improving as it is now near perfect. Seeing these gradual changes come has been one of the many rewards of rescue.