The Basenji Club of America African Stock Project

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by Marie and Leon Standifer

   We have a few observations about the so-called "off-type" dogs - which in reality are probably just a reflection of the natural, genetic variation in coat color. On a trip back country to the Ganta Mission in 1960, we saw 2 variants at the Mission’s Leper Colony. Two men offered to sell us some very young puppies (at 50 cents a piece). They were no more than a few days old because their eyes were still not open. One of them was a solid gray; another was brown with black stripes. While they looked like Basenjis, at that age, it is hard to tell, and we weren’t sure enough to buy them. The brown and black color, I believe, has now been introduced into the US as a brindle.
  Our second tale about off-types came to us second-hand from some old Firestone friends, the Scanlons. They told us that one of the planters at Firestone liked a very small, slight, Basenji type that was sometimes seen. They were about half the size of the others and reminded one of a large Chihuahua. The man went to the expense of bringing 3 of them back to the States with him only to have them decline and die within a short while. His vet determined that the cause of death was cancer. It was strange that out of the entire gene-pool of Liberian dogs, he had selected for disease.

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