last edited by DebraDownSouth
You are mistaken. I wish that just not selling out of state made someone a responsible breeder.... it doesn't. She breeds to create pets to sell for money.
She has precisely 2 dogs ever on OFA... just Fanconi. No other testing, no titles, nada.
I am sorry if I sound harsh... but I've been doing rescue for over 30 years and I have zero respect for irresponsible breeders. There are some breeders who show that aren't responsible. And there are a few breeders who don't show that at least do all the health testing. But honestly it is rare for non-show breeders to be responsible. Doing it right costs money, you don't generally come out ahead unless you are dealing with a breed that has large litters and command a lot of money. The people that care about the breed show them to prove they are worth breeding, that they are producing... not beauty pageants... but dogs that look and move and have the structure they are supposed to have. They know the genetics of the breed, they know lines, they know what health issues are in different lines. They are trying to breed healthy dogs because they care.
For the record, I do not and have never bred basenjis. I got my first one, got her championship pretty fast, and I spayed her. She was lovely, but she was so animal aggressive it was disconcerting and she had autoimmune issues already showing up. I have never loved a dog so much in my life, but genetically she was a wreck. I lost her before her 6th birthday to lymphoma.
Please go down to your local shelter, volunteer to hold dogs as they euthanize them. Just for one day. Just one. Then you may understand how much I hate puppymill/backyard breeders and am so strongly for people either supporting responsible breeders or getting rescues. It matters.