Thank you Maya, that is why I joined these forums and have spent hours reading topics.
I have a question for everyone though, people here seem to be so against buying a puppy form a breeder that's not registered with X Y or C just in case it is Fanconi (which I fully understand), but my question is what do you think should happen to those puppies that a breeder has that DO have it?
Should they be euthanized?
The answer to that is NO.
I mean, Kai may have it, he may not have it, what will happen to him if I say "nope..not going to risk getting him just in case he has it"?
He will just stay with the breeder until somebody else purchases him…
And that somebody else might not be able to give him the life my partner and myself can offer, lots of open space for him to play and exercise, access to the best vets in LA, that somebody might abuse him, not walk him, not play with him, in other words, NEGLECT HIM.
Even if he DOES have Fanconi, it does not mean he has any less right to be loved and cared for, and I for one am, going to love him regardless.
Of course that is your choice, however by doing so, you support that BYB breeder who is only in it for the money, period. The more people that walk away from these people, the more they will think about not breeding the next time or maybe at least getting out of Basenjis. Why spend good money supporting someone that has no interest in the dogs, who don't even care enough to breed responsibility, only that they are a "cash cow"… easy to see with this particular person who has so many breeds.
And it is not only Fanconi, with no test this pup (or any from this breeder) could have bad patellas, bad hips, autoimmune problems, and in the end cost you thousands of dollars to try and give that pup a good life... again, that breeder will not care....
Again, IMO you are only supporting a BYB to keep on breeding.. and this does even begin to address the issue of the temperament. Since you have never met the puppies or the sire/dam, you have no idea what their temperament is like.... and rasised in a kennel situation even more reason to be concerned. All you have is the breeder telling you... of course they are and have wonderful temperaments.... like they would tell you different?