Well, hopefully, you would contact the breeder (particularly a BCOA breeder) to get the facts straight before you would spread any information that you had gotten second or third hand? I mean, sending someone to the OFA site is one thing, insinuating that you know what is going through someone's mind based on their testing history is quite another.
Any information I have collected and stored in my personal database over the years has either come via the owner and/or breeder via public means (OFA, chat groups, lists etc) or it has been privately verified by me if received via the rumor mill. But I was not discussing the info I have collected nor did I say anything about sharing this kind of information nor did I say anything about gossip mongering, passing along 2nd or 3rd hand information, or insinuating I know, much less tell another, what I thought was going through the head of a breeder.
In truth - I am not even sure where your implication even comes from Andrea since all I wrote was "point them in the right direction"; to mean (to me) one or more of the following: to OFA, CERF, to the breeder of the dogs behind the line, to owners of dogs bred by the breeder or down from the dogs or in any way related that could give first hand info on health, temperaments, etc. behind the dogs they are looking at; all dependent on what info the person is looking for of course.
Jess - I would recommend you (or anyone) interested in learning about the BCOA procedures for Native Stock acceptance to visit and read up on it:
(if this does not work go to https://www.basenji.org/joomla/ > members > native stock committee )
Native stock imported abroad have different protocols in place so one would need to contact the owners of these imports to find out how they were eventually accepted.
Debra which Ntomba dog did you not like? N. Mobengi or N. Mosika who I see actually won, defeating an AKC registered and AKC pointed 1/2 African, or both?
Mobengi, btw, has not been put forth for AKC yet so is not AKC registered at this time. Mosika has and is (AKC registered that is).
I have heard too Mosika is well on his way (winning two 5pt majors in stiff competition by winning Specialty Best in Field at the specialty and then BOB at the all breed trial) to becoming the first 100% native dog with an AKC Field championship. As someone said "I think that's pretty cool for a puppy from the jungle." It is so nice to see folks doing things with their imports so my hats are off to the Gregory's; I love it when folks make history and love it even more when native stock or their high percent descendents do it.
When looking at any dog - domestic or non-domestic - the whole dog, IMO, needs to be evaluated starting at the feet - not just focusing on bits and pieces we may not like and then unable to look further. There are many domestic dogs - from responsible breeders to puppy mills - that I personally think the sum of their parts is complete junk but I would not consider them less of a purebred because of it.
In fact - there is nothing in any of the imports I have seen that I have not seen, either in person or historically, in domestic basenjis: lack of white, too much white, odd colors, sickle tails, longer coats, shorter legs, longer backs, large ears, etc. Perhaps that is why I feel I can be more forgiving of any deviant parts.
Now then - while on the subject of pictures of native puppies growing up - Jo do you have current pictures from your Lukuru six pack? I sure would love to see how they are developing now that they are close to 9 months old. I imagine I am not the only one. I was disappointed the one male in that neck of the woods was not at the Willamette Af match strutting his stuff.