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About the Basenji Club of America

The stated objectives of the BCOA:

  • To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of pure bred Basenjis and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
  • To assist in the organization of local Basenji specialty clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of the American Kennel Club and of the Basenji Club of America, and to provide consistent guidelines for the affiliation of those local clubs with the parent Club.
  • To urge members and breeders to accept the Standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only Standard of excellence by which Basenjis shall be judged.

  • To do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, field trials, and obedience trials.
  • To conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, and other performance events under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

Joining BCOA

Interested in becoming a member of the Basenji Club of America.  This page tells you how to go about joining.

Affiliated Local Club

These local Basenji Clubs are affiiliated with the Basenji Club of America.  Local clubs can be lots of fun for their members.


The Basenji Club of America has three distinct, official publications for the benefit of its members: The Bulletin, The Bulletin Board and the Roster.

Upcoming Events

What's happening in my neighborhood?  This LINK takes you to a calendar of upcoming events from across the USA organized by BCOA, its members and affiliated clubs.

Judges Education

The BCOA is interested in educating judges about Basenjis. The Judges Chairperson organizes seminars when requested as well as at the National Specialty. There is a list of breed mentors at this link.

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