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. 

2020 National Specialty

October 18-23

BCOA's 2020 National Specialty in Mesquite TX.


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


2020  – October 18-23

Central Region

Mesquite, Texas

Regular Classes Judge: Dana Cline*

Sweepstakes Judge: Nina Fetter*

2021 – October

Eastern Region

Lebanon, Tennessee

Chairperson: Tondalea Wright

* 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) 

August 9

Regional Specialty
safety our members and friends.
Harrisburg, PA

October 1

Designated Specialty
5 Member Request
Morris & Essex Kennel Club
Somerset NJ

October 10

Regional Specialty
5 Member Request
Tri State County KC, Lebanon TN

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

24 July

Independent Specialty
Basenji Club of Southeastern Wisconsin
Ixonia WI

24 July

Independent Specialty
Basenji Club of Southeastern Wisconsin
Ixonia WI

July 26

Supported Show
Waukeska WI

October 10

Mesquite TX

October 24

Independent Specialty
Mesquite TX

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

23 July

Independent Specialty
Willamette Valley Basenji Club
Gresham OR

July 31

Independent Specialty
Evergreen Basenji Club
Auburn WA

August 1

Concurrent Specialty
EBC at West. WA Hound Show
Auburn WA

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