Isn't there a BYB in the Houston area???? I think if you seach the Forums, you might find that information….. try this thread
Pat, I just sent you an e-mail.
I did poke around on the forum for more information, but nothing was panning out just yet. There's a lot of collective wisdom and memory here though, so maybe someone will know something eventually… though I realize it's a lot to hope for. That one spot on the back of her neck is probably her most distinctive marking, not that it's shaped like anything in particular. I don't know how many breeders could recognize a puppy of their breeding by such markings alone, especially after this many years!
Thanks for the tips. I'll reach out to some breeders and BRAT's regional coordinator as well... I realize they're really busy in Texas. Coincidentally, shortly before I found out about Bowpi's origins, I saw the movie Big Country ... Yeah, one little unregistered Basenji would easily get lost in such a big place all right. LOL.
I know breeders who can recognize their pups far beyond what you and I could imagine they would…especially those who generally care about their pups, even if they've had many litters since, the memory can be brought back by seeing them. Wish I was close enough to visit the TRI bunch, if likely never leave but Oakley would assuredly lend himself to being a pin cushion!
I agree, that mark on his collar is very distinctive, if anything could help in identifying him that mark is the best bet, and perhaps the breeder will recall it as I have not seen too many even similar to that. Good luck!! Bowpi is adorable!!!!'
My B/W Basenji had a mark on his collar just like that one. He came from an ID breeder in about 1990. She had another Basenji (tri) with a similar dot. When I bred my boy he had an offspring with an almost similar dot except there was a strip of colour that came up to meet the dot.
Hmm, I don't know much about coat genetics, but I'd be surprised if markings were like "brands" that point to any specific lines… If only it were so easy!
If only I could be so lucky to have a breeder recognize that one patch from their red and white litter from so many years ago. It seems like Basenji head shapes and ear sets can be a clue, for someone with a more perceptive eye than me.