Basenji Health Information

Brindle Basenji PuppyThe Health Statement covers questions regarding the general health of basenjis as well as health questions specific to basenjis.  The need for specific health testing is also discussed..

If you are planning to obtain a basenji, the health testing done for the individual and dogs in the family tree is available at the OFA website.

Other links of note are in regards to Fanconi Syndrome, a late-onset kidney problem.  In August of 2011 a new direct DNA test for Fanconi was discovered by Dr. Gary Johnson with funding help from the Basenji Health Endowment.

Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the Fanconi syndrome direct DNA test is here.  While breeders are now able to test for Fanconi before a breeding takes place, there are still Basenjis who were born before the test became available who may develop the syndrome.  The Fanconi Protocol, a way to maintain afflicted dogs, is for those dogs and owners.

Breeders and those thinking of breeding Basenjis should study the Fanconi syndrome test information at the OFA website.  Additionally breeders should understand other OFA registrations for evaluations of eyes (previously CERF) hips, DNA for PRA, elbows and thyroid

Elderly grey-faced basenji

Careful planning for a long life

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