To promote, further and facilitate health research that will benefit and help to ensure the continued survival of the Basenji dog as an unique breed. Additionally, the Endowment serves to educate the general public and fanciers concerning hereditary and non-hereditary health conditions affecting the Basenji dog, and the need for ongoing health research concerning these conditions.
Currently, the Basenji Health Endowment, in conjunction with the Basenji Club of America and the AKC Canine Health Foundation, is funding the Genetic Study of PRA in Basenjis. The research is headed by Gary Johnson, DVM, PhD at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
A direct DNA test for Fanconi syndrome has been successfully developed with help from the BHE and support from the Basenji fancy.