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Basenji Information worth knowing


health care INFORMATION



 Dog Health Care in the Middle Age 1391 in Europe

Photo  FMR  Nr.124

Gaston Phébus Le Livre de chasse 




Please note that this is a summary of a continuing exchange of experiences between Basenji owners and frequently supplemented with useful information and specifics. I collect all the health related information I am able to get and want to share it with all interested Basenji companions. hints


Whenever your dog is ill or you have questions, please first consult your veterinarian or an Animal homeotherapist.




The Basenji is predisposed to some genetic ailments because the gene pool was limited to just a few dogs when the breed was introduced to the West from Africa. Meanwhile responsible Basenji Companions imported Basenjis from Africa  to improve the breeding stock.  This is my concern; please get only purebreds and investigate their breeding lineage.


First Basenjis in Germany   Poldi is an Africa Import male

Photo Mrs. Berta Burkert


Basenji Illness

The most important condition for healthy Basenjis is to carefully choose the right breeding lineage and therefore the breeding dogs should be tested for and certified free of well known hereditary diseases by a veterinarian. Breeding of healthy dogs is the central importance. Dogs with hereditary illnesses should not be used as breeding stock. It is therefore recommended to ask the breeder if the dogs stems from a line in which allergy, hip dysplasia, cancer fanconi  persistent pupil membranes or progressive retinal atrophy have frequently occurred. If you can’t get this information, I am of the opinion that you should look for another  breeder.


It is also recommended to ask for the lifespan of dogs in the breeding line. One should also take care that the upper and lower teeth are complete in a scissor bite. It is necessary to control the teeth from time to time.  Being well informed and taking good care of your dog’s health is of ever increasing importance for man and dog.


Cancer is an increasing cause of death. Take preventive care for healthy  nutrition


Fanconi Fanconi Syndrome

Please observe for changes in drinking and urination habits.

To screen for this disease, the dog's urine should be tested for glucose. This test is for prevention. If the urine is positive, the dog's blood needs to be tested for serum glucose levels, acid-base abnormalities, and electrolyte imbalances.


These information with kind permission of the BCOA

DNA TEST The Canine Phenome Project


Hip Dysplasia Test 

Persistent Pupillary Membrane   Test Ppm Eye Care Test


Progressive Retinal Atrophy   Test Genpra

Pyruvate-Kinase-Deficiency.This is a form of hemolytic anemia. Dna Test exists to test for the disease.


Vaccination is a much discussed subject.


Generally, the dog is vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirosis once a year.

Here a short description of available inoculations, so that you and your veterinarian can decide together which ones are advisable for your dog.

Nowadays, you can even inoculate against “Kennel cough” by way of nose drops. This makes sense for show dogs who are often together with other dogs and should be carried out every six months.


Tick prevention is also important, as ticks are widespread and can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme Disease and Borreliosis. Therefore, it's worth asking your veterinarian what products are available to protect your dog from ticks and tick-born diseases.

Observe your dog, especially the ageing basenji, than you are on the right site of health care and make the veterinarians job easier. Everybody wants to get a healthy dog.


Basenji Age and End of Life