Completely unknown pedigree: still testable?
First Basenji's

Hi everyone,

Sorry if this has been asked before. I'm a newbie (said hi over in member intros) and still exploring. Anyway, we have a five-year-old red and white female who just joined our home. She's been through at least two other owners and has never been Fanconi tested. She came with no papers and minimal health records, and I don't think it's going to be possible to trace her pedigree. It should still be possible to submit a DNA test for her, right? Does anyone know how this would affect the certainty of the results?

I've e-mailed OFA directly to ask, but haven't received a response yet. I thought you folks would be quicker and just as knowledgeable. We'll also be going to the vet later this week, but I wanted to know a little more before going in.

Thanks everyone.

Yes, any Basenji can be tested, no papers needed. You will need to make up a registration number to be used. You might want to use something like Rescue #1 or something that would ID her being from rescue and no details on pedigree. And it doesn't effect the results, just no information about littermates/sire/dam, etc….

The DNA for Fanconi is not done by the Vet, it is a cheek swab that you do yourself and send in. www.basenjihealth.org has much information on the test.

First Basenji's

Yeah, when I did Cody's I had absolutely no records and I just used his name "Cody". I left all the stuff I didn't have blank, like registration, sire, dam, etc.

First Basenji's

Great, that's what I thought. A DNA test is a DNA test, after all.

This missing info just gave me pause when I was attempting to order the cheek swab test from OFA, since you have to input all that information when you're ordering the kit. I guess there's no reason to enter her info into the Canine Phenome Project as well?

@curlytails:

Great, that's what I thought. A DNA test is a DNA test, after all.

This missing info just gave me pause when I was attempting to order the cheek swab test from OFA, since you have to input all that information when you're ordering the kit. I guess there's no reason to enter her info into the Canine Phenome Project as well?

Yes, exactly

Good for you! Caring about what is going to happen to your new dog is a sign your a wonderful owner.
Let us know how your test comes out..hopefully, we will all be cheering with you, the good results.

Yep.. no reg number of any kind required. they will give the dog a number of sorts.
You can look up "Cha Cha" a rescue that I had.. I actually had her papers so put the parents down.
My last rescue before her "Buddy" didn't have parents listed… just BUDDY.

silly question, but would a non basenji be able to be tested? I know basenji crosses can be dna tested but what about other breeds?
I ask this because in another breed I have there are a number of siblings and a dam who have all passed away with various kidney disorders. Different vets so no uniformity of diagnosis.

We are now strip testing the remaining siblings but would be interested if we could rule out fanconi.
thanks

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