Mimi x Geddy Puppies Arrived 9/17/2017!
The Little Red MG's have arrived! Two perfect puppies...
a boy and a girl. Both are spoken for at this time. Stay tuned
for plans on our next breeding planned for 2018!
If you are interested in adding a Basenji to your family, please educate yourself
well on the breeds characteristics and basic health issues beforehand by
visiting the links listed on our home page and the BCOA website. Serious
breeders usually belong to the national parent club for their breed as well as all-
breed or local clubs. Belonging to a club doesn't always guarantee an honest
breeder, but does help by requiring members to abide by a code of ethics
members are asked to follow.
Talking in person with several breeders and meeting their dogs is a must and a
valuable tool in determining the best fit for you. Connecting with your breeder is
also essential as they should be someone you trust and enjoy talking with. A
reputable breeder will become your mentor on the breed, offer advice as needed
and even be willing to take their dog back at any age for any reason whatsoever
should you not be able to keep it. If someone is willing to take your money, hand
you a Basenji puppy and say "have fun!" without expecting you to stay in contact
over the years, it may be a sign of someone out to make money who doesn't
have your puppies long term best interest at heart.
Our Basenjis are family raised and cat (dis)approved! Our dogs all love *their*
kitties - but others are meant to be chased! When we breed a litter we work
closely with our co-breeder(s) in hopes of breeding a healthy, happy, sound
Basenji that should be a cherished family member in any home.
Breeders and owners at local events are usually more than willing to share their
knowledge about the breed, so don't feel shy about asking questions to anyone
you see walking around with a Basenji! Be prepared to answer several
questions about your lifestyle, home, family, etc. as any reputable breeder will
want to interview you as well to determine if a Basenji is the right dog for you. At
all costs, resist the urge to purchase a Basenji from a pet store, generic
classified ad or online sites as these are most likely from "backyard breeders"
or "puppy mills" which are very harmful to the health and integrity of the breed.
Basenjis, much like any other breed, do have health issues that exist. By dealing
with a reputable breeder you can assure that your future Basenjis pedigree has
addressed any health issues and conducted proper testing (eyes, hips, Fanconi
testing, etc.) throughout the years. Don't be afraid to ask to see proof of health
testing (most definitely the Fanconi test!) from your breeder. If test results are
not readily available from the breeder and on the OFFA website for both parents
and the puppy you are interested in, please look elsewhere for a puppy. There is
no excuse for any basenji to not be tested! It would be a disservice to the breed
this day in age to knowingly breed Basenjis that are Affected with Fanconi when
simple DNA swab tests are readily available for a minimal cost and can be
performed on puppies.
As of September 2011, we were pleased to learn that Dr. Gary Johnson has
identified the mutation responsible for recessive basenji Fanconi Syndrome. To
be able to differentiate the new Direct test results from the previous Linked
Marker test results, the new direct test will have results as Clear, Carrier or
Affected. The term “probably” will no longer appear on the OFA certificate and
there will no longer be an Indeterminate category. Anyone breeding should have
both parents tested using the new Direct test as the Linked Marker test was not
error proof. If you are looking for a basenji puppy, please ask your breeder for
the OFA Direct test results of both sire and dam. In 2014 the OFFA now also
offers a DNA test for one strain of PRA (Night Blindness) in Basenjis and this is
also a recommended test for all breeders. When looking for a puppy, please
verify that all appropriate health test have been conducted before buying
a puppy from any source.
Baby Petra napping with her
mama. Petra was an "only child"!
Educate Yourself Before
Buying a Basenji Puppy!
"Petra" ~ Our little rock star!
Photo courtesy of George Woodard
at 12 wks
(Mimi x Geddy)
Welcome to Bantu Basenjis!