Be careful that they get all the nutrition they need, I believe you can add vitamins to ensure that. One thing to contemplate is that as they get older, they often need medications. So I find out what they are crazy about and then give it very sparingly, this comes in very useful in later life when you have to get medications down them.
@basenji4me Sounds like you are doing all the right things, don’t rush and you will find good breeders. I have always liked dobermans but once you have a Basenji it’s hard to get away from them lol. You will find breeders on here and people will direct you to other groups no doubt. Fanconi, hips, eyes and thyroid are the main health concerns although there are others.
Good breeders also breed for temperament, pups can be anywhere from mild and easy going to somewhat feral lol. A well bred basenji is well worth waiting for.
@em4800 I wouldn’t worry about the price,that should not be a concern. The $500 or so that you save at the start is nothing compared to the vet fees if you have a sick dog. There are no guarantees in life but choosing well helps a lot. Also don’t discount an older dog or a pup that is returned, they are in many ways much better than getting a pup, my wife didn’t like the idea of a “used” dog with my third dog, yet he has been the easiest going of the three and had the nicest personality. That’s on top of the fact he came fully house broken, past the teething and chew / destroy everything stage. He was returned to the breeder because he was aggressive lol, he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body lol.
Trust me, after ten or twelve years as your faithful companion, when they get ill you will empty your bank account or run up your credit cards doing whatever is necessary to help them. $10,000 to $15,000 in their last five years is not unusual.
Responsible breeders use good stock and spend a lot of money on health tests and monitoring the pregnancy, at $1000-$1500 per pup they are not making much if anything.