General Membership Meeting by Norcal Basenjis

Attention all BCONC Members,

There will be a General Membership Meeting on Sunday February 16, 2014 at the Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club Show. The meeting will be held as close to Ringside as possible after the Basenji Judging has been completed. The Santa Clara Kennel Club Show is held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, located at 344 Tully Rd, San Jose, California 95111. Information regarding the exact time of the Basenji Judging and Building location will be provided when it is released by the Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club.

Looking forward to seeing all Club Members.

Mary Jane Karas (Secretary)

Clear by Parentage by Eunice Ockerman

As a greater number of DNA based disease tests become available, a policy regarding the clearing of offspring out of DNA tested parents has become necessary.

For direct mutant gene tests only, the OFA will issue clearances to untested offspring, if the sire and dam have both been DNA tested “clear,” if the sire and dam’s DNA disease test results have been OFA registered, and if all three (sire/dam/offspring) have been DNA identity profiled and parentage verified. The DNA profile paperwork must be submitted along with a completed OFA DNA-based disease test application. The resulting OFA certification will have a suffix of “CBP” (clear by parentage), indicating that the dog itself was not tested and that the clearance was based on the sire and dam’s test results, and known science at the time. Because of the possibility of new mutations or as of yet undiscovered gene mutations, only first generation offspring will be cleared.

For linkage or marker based tests where a margin of error including both false positives and negatives exists, the OFA will not issue any clearances to untested dogs.

DNA based disease screening is an evolving area. This policy is subject to change by action of the OFA Board of Directors as technology and science advance.

For more information, see

DNA test for PRA by Norcal Basenjis

3/18/2013  - DNA test for PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) has been released.  This direct test is for the recessive gene that is responsible for 50% of PRA in Basenjis.  Go to for details and test kits can be orders at

It is Strongly Recommened by BCOA & BCONC that all Basenjis used for breeding are tested with the direct DNA PRA Test.