I have just come to realize that I probably bought Beegin from a backyard breeder. I got him from nextdaypets.com after emailing this breeder back and forth. I thought she was probably a decent breeder because she answered lots of my questions about the breed, sent lots of emails. I knew about puppymills and I figured that a puppymill owner wouldn't want to be bothered with someone who emailed and emailed and emailed. She called me to make Beegin made it to the airport okay and has responded to subsequent emails about behavioral issues and training. I paid $550 for him. Some of the posts have indicated that that is too low for a responsible breeder to ask for. She told me that they are small scale and do breeding as a hobby, not as their main job. She said they only have one male and one female for breeding. She said neither of them had Fanconi but not in the terms I read on the phenome site (not affected, probably carrier etc). I will be checking Beegin for that asap.
I feel really guilty that I may have been an uninformed buyer and helped perpeptuate a problem industry. Does it sound like I screwed up here??? Or can a breeder do it as a hobby and be responsible???
I mean regardless I love Beegin and he is a great dog. And he certainly doesn't look like the poor poor breeding dogs from Mt. Olive IL. Poor things. He even doesn't do some of the undesirable things people have said about Basenjis as a breed. Doesn't snap when woken, loves new people and new dogs, really sweet around little kids. I've had kids at the park reach down and pet him before I could say anything and he doesn't mind at all. He is usually more interested in the birds and squirrels than the kids but he doesn't snap or anything.
I guess I just thought that I would apologize to everyone if I had screwed up when I bought Beegin.