Events hosted and supported by the Club focus on competitive events. Conformation, obedience, rally-o, agility, lure coursing, straight line and oval racing are some of the events that Basenji enthusiasts may participate in.

Affiliate Clubs also have additional social and local events which you can learn about from each Club. See contact details in the Members section under "Affiliate Clubs". 

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National Specialty 

Held between July 1st and November 30 each year, the National runs several consecutive days and utilizes a full weekend to offer competitive events that include Agility, AKC and/or ASFA Lure Coursing, Obedience, Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes, African Stock Exhibition, Junior Showmanship, regular and non-regular conformation classes and the all important Best of Breed. In addition, an auction, banquet, educational seminars, and the club annual meeting is held. Other activities included have been rally obedience, straight-line racing, oval track racing, seminars, Canine Good Citizenship, eye clinics and fun classes. In all, it's a full week that gathers hundreds of basenjis and their owners together in one setting. 

2018 National Specialty

2018 – October 9-13

BCOA's 2018 National Specialty in Frankenmuth MI


Future National Specialties

The National Specialty events rotates from year to year to one of the three BCOA Regions. The upcoming year/locations are listed.

Regions for BCOA Events







Upcoming National Specialties

2018  – October 9-13

Frankenmuth, MI

Regular Classes Judge: Lisa Warren*

Sweepstakes Judge: Pat Cembura

2019  – November 11-14

Tucson, AZ

Regular Classes Judge: Stan Carter

Sweepstakes Judge: TBA

2020  – TBA

Central Region

Regular Classes Judge: TBA

Sweepstakes Judge: TBA

* Dates and judges listed are pending AKC approval

Supported Entries and Specialties

BCOA supports entries at AKC shows to increase the attendance & participation at these shows. Supported entries are hosted either by a BCOA affiliated club or by 5 BCOA members in good standing. Supported entries are limited to 7 per region with exceptions granted on a case by case basis. These may be supported at regional basenji specialty shows or the basenji classes at an all-breed AKC dog show

 Eastern Region: (AL,CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV) 

                                               22 July

5 Member Request
Supported Entry
Hudson River Valley Hound Assoc
Carmel, NY

6 Seotember

5 Member Request
Supported Entry
Bridgewater NJ

8 September 5 Member Request
Regional Specialty
Somerset Hills KC
Bridgewater NJ
8 December 5 Member Request
Supported Entry
Eastern Dog Club
West Springfield, MA

Central Region:
 (AR, IA, IL, KS, LA, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, WI) 

 16 June

Greater Chicagoland BC
Designated Specialty
Chicagoland Hound Association
Grayslake IL

 27 July BC of Southeastern Wisconsin
Independent Specialty
Ixonia WI

Western Region: (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY) 

8 July

Evergreen Basenji Club
Supported Show
Puyallup WA

20 July

Willamette Valley BC
Independent Specialty
Gresham OR

3 August

Evergreen Basenji Club
Independent Specialty
Auburn WA

4 August Evergreen Basenji Club
Independent Specialty
Auburn WA
26 August South Coast Basenji Fanciers
Concurrent Specialty
Santa Barbara CA
26 October

BC of Northern California
AM and PM Independent Specialties
Dixon CA

28 October BC of Northern California
Supported Entry
Sacramento Valley DFA
Dixon CA
10 November Greater Phoenix Basenji Fanciers
Concurrent Specialty
Tucson AZ
11 November

Greater Phoenix Basenji Fanciers
Concurrent Specialty
Tucson AZ

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