Well this time of year I've had trouble finding Basenji puppies. The only one I've found in driving distance is about 7 hours away in Georgia(so a whole day counting there and back).
I haven't called yet, but some things I noticed that are worrying is that it says Health Guaranteed but doesn't mention anything about Fanconi syndrome.
I've seen other breeders websites and they often actually have scans of their dogs papers there.
Also, this breeder I believe breeds 3 liters a year. They have 11 4-5 month olds now. It says that they are kept outside, except for their adult ones.
Are there issues with having them kept outside? Basenji's are an inside dog after all. I'm not sure how long they keep them with their mother.. I'm going to call soon.
I believe I know the place. She also has other breeds (Bassets and French Bulldogs)…. and IMO it is NOT appropriate to keep them outdoors ... I believe that litters need to be in the home to be properly socialized. And 3 litters with also other breeds (basset and frenchies), how much time can you spend with each pup properly socializing? But with that many pups... and other breeds, certainly would be difficult to keep them in the home. Yet another reason that this person may be breeding too many litters.
While this particular person does more health testing then other BYB's or at least she did in the past (at one time tested much of her breeding stock for hips, while many of them came back as a Fair, it would depend then on how they were bred if hips could be a problem), you still would need the information on the sire and dam of each puppy and verify yourself that they have been fanconi tested on the OFA website and not just take anyones word for health testing. Also with that many litters, I would also want a DNA parentage test.
At one time (and I don't know if she is still using this particular dog for breeding) there was a brindle and the sire and dam that was shown as his registered parents, could not possibly be correct as there was not one brindle in the pedigree going back 10 generations. It was impossible that those papers on that particular dog was correct. Giving her the benefit of the doubt however, she did purchase the dog from another BYB that was getting out of the business and those were the papers that came with the dog.
I think that her price are way to high for the quality of pup that she is selling, but that in my opinion.. and there is a reason that she has so many pups left.... as compared to responsible breeders that usually have reservations for their pups before they ever breed a litter.
According to her website she does sell with limited AKC papers meaning that people can't just buy her puppies as breeding stock and if they breed them they can't register the pups with AKC... so that is good if that is really the case. Other then the price, and if the health testing checks out for Fanconi, there are certainly others that are far worse