Well Pat, here's a truth. Without dna testing we don't know if YOUR dogs, or anyone's, are really pure basenji. We don't. And? We don't know if anyone's lines are what they claim. Most of us who have been around a while hear of breeders who have championed a stud who was sterile or seemingly so and used another dog's semen. Fortunately NOW with DNA we have a better chance of reporting people and getting action… yet few step up.
We had someone breeding and selling RARE gray rotties, lol. Weimaraner mixes, we knew it but 20 yrs ago couldn't prove it. There is a gal in KY selling miniature rotties. Who knows what she bred with. Registered animals. Proves nothing.
I guess I am just wondering why you bothered to suggest they weren't pure basenji. No one knows about any dog unless you have DNA. And we have opened the registry to African imports that no one had a CLUE what was really behind them... based purely on LOOKS. The FL group.. unlike the Africans... won't be added into the gene pool so pure, a coyote or wolf or chihuahua 6 generations back, what does it matter? I am willing to bet a good majority of people have chain link type fences their purebred bitches MIGHT have mated through. And? But frankly, 10 yrs with basenji make me pretty darned sure the idea of that pack allowing a nonpack male to mate through the fence is pretty unlikely.
Btw, I am not criticizing the Africans. We needed them. Just as several years back the Maine Coon cat club opened it's registry to non-Maine Coons to open up the gene pool. I forget how long they allowed it, but you do what is necessary.
As for conformation or mix, who knows. Have seen poorly bred registered basenji that looked worse than the worse ones in FL, lol. So have you. Cara... people say she is beautiful... and I think.. not when you look at standard! She has a lazy eye, eye color closer to yellow than brown, ears not really erect, overbite, higher butt than front.. show wise she is far from beautiful. And I love every molecule of her.