The Basenji Club of America African Stock Project

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Since the fall of 1988, when the resolution to request that the American Kennel Club reopen the 
basenji stud book was passed by a 3 to 1 margin, this committee has been in the process of
preparing a formal request to convey this mandate of the membership to the AKC.
As a part of this request, we have prepared a document to outline the history of the breed origins,
genetic health problems, and the official results of the poll of the membership. Also, details
concerning the background of the native dogs that might be included if the stud book were indeed
reopened were made available to the AKC. These details included circumstances under which the
dogs were obtained, results of those breedings that have taken place, and the findings of tests for
genetic health problems. A summary of the information included in the report follows:
* All of the imported dogs have been tested for HA. Some were tested by Dr. Brown and others
by the University of Tennessee, but all of them were without question clear of the HA gene.
* They have been checked for coloboma and PPM, most of them before 3 months of age, and
are clear of colomboma and most of them clear of PPM with the others having only minor tags.
* Although a few of the dogs in Africa were observed to have umbilical hernias, NONE of the
imported dogs have them.
* There have been five breedings involving the native dogs imported in 1987 and 1988. Four of
these breedings involved brindle dogs and in two of the breedings both parents were native dogs.
The other three were AKC champions bred to native basenjis.
* These breedings produced 23 puppies, 13 females and 10 males, 3 tricolor, 8 brindle, and the
remainder red. All were tested for coloboma and PPM at 7 weeks of age with no coloboma and
minimum remnant tags of PPM. Most were certified clear. Among the 23 puppies, there were 3 bad
* Temperaments among the native dogs and their offspring have been extremely stable. They
show no adverse reactions to stress, changes in diet or inoculations.
* The brindle color inheritance has followed what would be expected with any other breed
where the color is found. The brindle color is dominant and does not affect the color of the red
puppies in the litter. Committe members: Damara Bolte', Barbara Jimenez and Jon Curby.

Reprinted from
The Official Bulletin of the Basenji Club of America, Inc.
Volume XXIII Number 3 May, June, July, Aug. 1989 p. 1
Copyright © 1989 Basenji Club of America, Inc., All Rights Reserved.