Looking for reputable breeder in Ohio

You just seriously made me cry! We had never owned a Basenji before Leo either however we did tons of research and fell in love. Jan also took a chance on us and gave us the best dog we have ever had! Leo actually picked us as we made a visit to see the pups. He jumped right up on my lap as the other pups ran wildly around the room ignoring us, lol. The litter was born December 26th 2003. I believe there were 3 pups when we went to visit. Jan brought Leo to us with his mom in tow to help him during his ride to our home. She also brought a blanket with him. He was buried with that same blanket. Im still friends with her on Facebook so if you do happen to run into her again please let her know Nicole Shinsky is trying to contact her. I wanted to let her know about Leo's passing. I will defintely contact Tad and a few of the others. We arent interested in showing, but we know the importance of a good breeder regardless.
Thank you!

The litter I would have met would have been born in 2002 but I'm sure I got to meet some of his family members :). Jan's dog Inky was part of the litter I went to see.
In my opinion, all responsible breeders show/work their dogs in some way. They are breeding to a standard to produce healthy dogs that will improve the breed. That being said, not all dogs are meant to be show dogs and they will have some available to pet homes :). My Elliot was 1 of 8 and only 3 (as far as I know) went to show homes. Morgan is one of 8 as well and only 2 are still being shown.

I remember meeting Inky, or at least that name sounds awfully familar! Leo wasnt "show" material either. We often joked he was our perfect clearance puppy, lol! I've already started contacting a couple breeders. I appreciate you responding to me as I was nervous to even post as I didnt know what to expect. 🙂

@nikolitak We got both of our Basenjis from Jan she is a wonderful breeder

@CrazySenji I had two of dogs that were siblings to Inky there names were Kenya and Tepiwhat a small world!!!!

I probably met them then! I even showed one of the boys from that litter. I don't remember his name though. It was at-least 12 years ago!
I still have my emails from Jan. She answered every single question I had and was so supportive. I was crushed when there wasn't a puppy for me in that litter. Jan knew I wanted a show dog and was honest with me that the pups she had remaining were not show quality and I appreciated that. When you are a kid it's the worst news ever though! It all worked out in the end!
I hope Jan shows up at the Cleveland show again this year. She's a special lady!

@MattB yes, she is! I just wish I could get ahold of her. We had her number years ago however when facebook became more popular we would keep in touch that way. It doesnt appear she has been on in a year or more. I appreciate that she gave us a chance with one of her babies!

@CrazySenji, I found Jan! And i was able to talk to her.

@nikolitak Tell her Matt and Jen say hello

@MattB I definitely will! She was sharing pictures with me, here is a pic of Inky in her bed.

@nikolitak Awww She is the sister to the two dogs we had

Aww ❤ What a sweet girl!

I am sorry for your loss.

Check with the Basenji Breed Club referral page for breeders. Hopefully others here will have ideas who has puppies on the way or older ones needing homes.


@DebraDownSouth thank you! I actually found my Leo's breeder and she has another breeder she knows that she is referring me too! I hope it works out!

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