The Basenji Club of America African Stock Project

African Imports

Sorted by Year of Import

Imports prior to 1987

  | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939 | 1941 | 1950s? | 1952 |
  | 1959 | 1960s | 1961 | 1965 | 1970s | 1981? |

Registered Foundation Stock - 1990

  | 1978 | 1987-88 |

Imports after 1988

 | 1999 |

Registered Foundation Stock - 2009 to 2013

| 200620072008 | 2010 | 2011 |

Import from Africa

Symbol Key

= male = female
= black = brindle = red = trifactored red
= tricolor = capped tri = color not known

Italic name indicates no progeny.

Stuffed Basenji wearing a bell.

The first import into America was a stuffed Basenji (image at left) secured by Lang and Chapin in 1912. It appeared in an exhibit of a pygmy family group at the American Natural History Museum in New York City.

Imports prior to 1987

Prior to 1987, a total of 28 Basenjis were exported directly from Africa to Europe or the United States. Most of the imports went to England. Six were imported to the United States including one that came as a stowaway. In the 1970s and in 1980s five Basenjis were imported into Germany.


1936 (Imported to U.K.)

Bongo of Blean

Bokoto of Blean

Bereke of Blean

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1937 (Imported to U.K.; Bakuma was exported from U.K. directly to the U.S.)


Bashele of Blean


Basanga of Blean

Bakuma of Blean (renamed Phemister's Bois)

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1938 (Imported to U.K.)

Bungwa of Blean

Nyanabiem of Tonj

Kandi of the Congo

Amatangazig of the Congo

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1939 (Imported to U.K.)

Simolo of the Congo

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1941 (Imported to U.S.)

Phemister's Congo



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1950s? (Not exported, descendants brought to U.S.)

Tex of Alexandria

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1952 (Imported to U.K.)

Wau of the Congo

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1959 (Imported to U.K.; Binza was exported back to Rhodesia)

Fula of the Congo

Binza of Laughing Brook

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1960s (Not exported, descendants brought to U.S.; Kogi's also to U.K.)



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1961 (Imported to U.S.)

Kiki of Cryon

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1965 (Imported to U.K.)

Taysenji Tahzu

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1970s (Imported to Germany)

Liberias Poldi

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1981? (Imported to Germany)

Nairas of Badagry

Saphona of Lagos

Williana of Badagry

Shakilo of Badagry

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Registered Foundation Stock - 1990

In 1987 and 1988 an expedition to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) was undertaken by American breeders to increase the limited gene pool of the Basenjis. From these two trips a total of 19 Basenjis were imported to America. After petitioning the AKC, the Stud Book was reopened in 1990. Thirteen dogs from the two trips were registered and a previous import named Esenjo was also accepted.

Collage of 1990 Foundation Stock.


 1978 (Imported to U.S.)


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1987-88 (Imported to U.S.)

Avongara Bazingbi

Avongara Diagba

Avongara Elly

Avongara Gangura

Avongara Goldi

Avongara K'Posi

Avongara M'Bliki

Avongara Nabodio

Avongara N'Gola

Avongara N'Gondi

Avongara Renzi

Avongara Wele

Avongara Zamee

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Imports after 1988


1999 (Imported to Italy)


Zaire Bongo

Zaire Zulu

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Registered Foundation Stock - 2009 to 2013

The BCOA sent a petition to the AKC to have the Stud Book reopened for Native Dogs recently  imported from Africa. The AKC agreed to reopen the Basenji Stud Book for four years from 2009 to 2013. Ten dogs were accepted in 2009 to be included in the stud book.


 2006 (Imported to U.S.)

Avongara Bernadette

Avongara Luka

Avongara Ojo

Avongara Rikita

Avongara Zibili

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2007 (Imported to U.S.)

Lukuru Amisi

Lukuru Lema

Lukuru na Liboso Mopaya

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2008 (Imported to U.S., Angali was sent on to Sweden and Asuma on to Finland)

Avongara Angali

Avongara Asuma

Avongara Kitoko

Avongara Tambura

Avongara Ziki

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2010 (Imported to U.S)

Ntomba Lokoso

Ntomba Mosika

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2011 (Imported to U.S)

Avongara Akua

Avongara Makala

Avongara Naziki

Avongara Nilli

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