Yes… the Basenji is a fabulous little creature.
Little dander, no barking, regal in looks and smart to boot.
There must be a down side you say?
Of course... as with everything in life!!
where do you go to find a good breeder?
The parent club has tons of information for you... including a directory!
Go to http://www.basenji.org/PUBLIC/BreederDirectory.htm.
How do you find a good breeder??
Now…. if you find a basenji elsewhere....
how do you know if the puppy's parents are health tested?
Go to the OFA website... put in the sire/dam name and it will show you ALL health testing the dog has had done.
If the results are not in the database... they haven't been done [it is updated every couple of weeks].
Go to http://www.offa.org/.
Here is an example of a well-tested basenji:
the person you are talking to about a puppy... is a BREEDER.
If they have puppies... they are a BREEDER.
Some will say they aren't breeders, they just have family dogs.
If they bred a litter, whether it be on purpose or on accident, they are BREEDERS.
Are they reputable? Ask here... you will get an answer from a number of folks that have had basenjis for eons... or even 15-20 years.
There are even folks that have gone down the wrong path the first time, and have learned from their mistakes and are willing to give you some great advice on adding a basenji to your household.
Now... what if they tell you that their dogs don't have Fanconi?
or that they have had the same dogs for 5-10-15-20 years and never had it?
Today, there is a Fanconi Linkage Test available....
IF YOU DON'T TEST, YOU DON'T KNOW.
There is NO excuse for NOT testing.
Is Fanconi THAT big of a deal?
How about reading some firsthand accounts... just to satisfy your curiousity.
This information is not just to try and scare someone from purchasing a basenji puppy. Basenjis are wonderful pets. While I have had a few other breeds here and there…. Basenjis will always be a part of my life.
My Mom had basenjis since the 1960s....
we experienced Fanconi in the early 80s.
And again over the past 10 years.
Fanconi is NOT for the faint of heart.
Fanconi is a dreadful disease.
Sure, some dogs MAY do okay on the protocol.
But, more dogs don't do that great.
It is a horrible way to watch your beloved family member succomb to his death. Been There. Done That.
My children have experienced it in their short lives...
something they should NOT have had to see firsthand.
Yes, I have BTDT.
Now, I have a house full of p. Fanconi Clears.
We will continue to incorporate quality dogs that are p. Fanconi Carriers and p. Fanconi Indeterminate as well.
BUT, we will NEVER have another Fanconi Affected in my lifetime.
DON'T BUY A BASENJI THAT DOES NOT HAVE FANCONI TESTED PARENTS.
At least ONE parent MUST be a p. Fanconi Clear.
This is the best assurance you can get to NOT come home with a Fanconi Affected Basenji.
If you are looking for more information about Fanconi and why I am so adamant about health-testing, feel free to visit my website and email me off of the boards.
Best of luck to you in your search for a Basenji to become your new family member!