Although basenjis are a relatively healthy breed, regular testing is necessary to maintain the health of an individual as well as the breed as a whole. There are a few diseases that are more prevalent, however they are luckily becoming less common.
The required health tests specific to the breed to qualify for the CHIC program are:
- Hip Dysplasia (OFA or PennHIP Evaluation)
- Autoimmune Thyroiditis (OFA Evaluation)
- Eye Examination (CERF or OFA Evaluation)
- Fanconi Syndrome (OFA Evaluation through University of Missouri)
- Basenji Night Blindness / Progressive Retinal Atrophy (OFA Registry)
Additional information on all of these health tests and more are available through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and most of these tests are performed either through X-Ray or cheek swab DNA test.