This report was filed on Ripoff Reports.com regarding Hestekin Hills.
Thought y'all would like to know. There are many things we can do as Basenji Community members other than complain amongst ourselves about unscrupulous "breeders" and this is a start. Anyone's ideas are welcome and all of us should be willing to get in on it if we care at all about our historic dogs. Our breed seems to have been targeted for puppymilling and BYB's lately. We can put a stop to it if we are willing to work together.
This "breeder" produces pups by parents that have not been properly screened or DNA tested for genetic diseases specific to the Basenji breed ie: Fanconi, and has produced Fanconi affected pups. Her pedigrees are in question because certain color sires and dams CANNOT produce colors claimed on pedigrees. Believe this is a puppy mill for several reasons: multiple breeds of dogs bred, most pictures of bitches show them pregnant, many pups and former productive adults show up in rescue, information on the site is about the individual person rather than the breed or the dogs involved, quality of animals bred is questionable, some do not meet breed standard, complains about the cost of testing her dams and sires on her website, charges more money for pedigree than non-pedigree dogs, produces and sells non-pedigree dogs, exorbitant pricing even on "fixed" animals, seems to be unfamiliar with breed specific issues, no mention of whether her animals are shown or any awards won…..and on and on and on.
A reputable breeder will show exactly what test have been done ON THE PUPPIES AND PARENTS! Minimum for Basenji Puppies: Fanconi DNA swab when one or both parents are Fanconi Possible Carrier or Possible Affected, puppy vet visit for health cert, puppy shots. Sire and Dam: Fanconi DNA marker, Eyes CERFed, Hips, Patella, Teeth. Ensure at least breed standard.