Akmar specialising in R / W Basenjis since 1996

UK Top Basenji 1999 & 2014 & UK Top Breeder 2003,2004 & 2005.

Health considerations - Please read

All breeds of dogs have inherited health issues and Basenji's are no exception, therefore we recommend that all potential puppy owners consider purchasing their puppy from a breeder who health tests for Fanconi, PPM and Hip Dysplasia. Additionally, potential owners should ask to view the certificates and understand the results in order to make an educated choice before any purchase.

Below is a list of some common health problems found in Basenjis.

Fanconi Syndrome

Fanconi syndrome is a disorder in which the kidney’s proximal renal tubules do not properly reabsorb electrolytes and nutrients back into the body, but instead "spill" them into the urine. Symptoms include excessive drinking (polydipsia), excessive urination (polyuria), and glucose in the urine (glucosuria.) If Fanconi is left untreated, muscle wasting, acidosis, and poor condition will also occur.
Untreated, a Basenji with Fanconi syndrome will generally die from the disorder. If caught early and put on the treatment protocol, affected Basenjis can do well.

FAC - Fanconi Syndrome - test available for BasenjisFor more information on Fanconi, please visit the University of Missouri website http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/Fanconi/basicFAN.htm

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the hip socket is badly formed, often leading to lameness and arthritis. It is believed to be polygenic, with multiple genes involved in its expression. Approximately 3 - 3.5% of Basenji x-rays submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) are dysplastic. The actual rate of hip dysplasia may well be higher, as the veterinarian and owner may not submit dysplastic results.

Breeding stock should be x-rayed for hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals has a web site that permits downloads and searches of dogs that have passed with a grade of Fair, Good, or Excellent. In addition, the OFA has recently added the option of having results placed in an open health registry, so that Borderline and Dysplastic ratings can be made public.

Persistent Pupillary Membrane (PPM)

Persistent Pupillary Membrane is a condition where the fetal membrane of the eye does not completely reabsorb. It is extremely common in Basenjis. This disorder does not progress, and in fact often puppies with mild PPM become normal as they get older.

Testing It is a good idea for breeders to have an BVA certified veterinary ophthalmologist check their puppies at 7-9 weeks of age, to determine the presence or absence of PPM. Most PPM is not associated with visual problems, although very severe PPM can cause visual difficulties. However, PPM that severe has become very uncommon as breeders breed away from it. Breeders should be aware of the PPM status of their dogs. A Basenji with iris to iris PPM can receive a Canine Eye Registration Foundation certificate. All other grades of PPM (iris to lens, iris to cornea, and iris sheets) cannot. Most Basenji breeders will not disqualify a dog from breeding solely due to mild PPM. PPM can get better, but does not get worse. A CERF exam will show current PPM status, but it does not tell you whether or not the dog can produce offspring with PPM.