a rule the Basenjis are very robust and the veterinarians know about them
mostly only due to the necessary inoculation or the treatment of injuries.
Just as is the case with other dog breeds, there still are genetic diseases
and predisposition for certain special diseases. The Circle of Friends
offers several guidelines in this regard and makes an effort to make much
information available since the small population of the Basenjis warrants
a special responsibility of the breeders and owners so that the breed
might retain this status in the long term.
A precondition for healthy Basenjis is primarily a careful selection of the animals for breeding, and whenever possible the prevention of hereditary diseases under health guidelines. Besides the provision of appropriate movement opportunity, a healthy diet is of utmost importance. Cautionary guidelines that factory processed feed could have a detrimental effect on the health of the dogs are appearing with greater frequency in recent times. We are hopeful for an extended discussion on this very topic. What is your experience?