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Basenji Information worth knowing

Breeding Start


History of acceptance as the Basenji Breed





Colour:Pure black and white; red and white; black, tan and white with tan melon pips and mask; black; tan and white.

Brindle, red background with black stripes, the more clearly defined the stripes the better.

The white should be on feet, chest and tail tips. White legs, blaze and white collar optional.


May be the Egyptains the Egyptians in the age of the pharaohs, are the earliest breeders of Basenjis  in the world. Possible Basenjis were bred as family dog or hunting companion. It is possible that by crossing dogs and wolfs a basenji Type dog was created. May be the Tesem identifiable by the curled tail. The Basenji may be an import from Nubia ( Sudan ).

There are no authoritative results. Ancestor of the Basenjis is probably the  Ethiopian wolf (canis simensis )


1868/71 the explorer Prof. Dr. Georg Schweinfurth discovered Basenjis what seemed remarkable to him. He reported as the first one about these dogs in Africa . He described them as "Congo Terrier". They served with  native tribes as hunting dogs


1882 Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston found similar dogs that never barked in an expedition from the mouth of the Congo to Bolobo.

1894 the first published mention in Europe of Basenjis appeared in a travel report not yet introduced as a breed.

1895 the first Basenjis being imported into England came from Mr. James Garrow and were exhibited at Cruft's Show. Afterwards the Basenjis were purchased but on the show they contracted distemper and died.

At the turn of the century, "Congo terriers" were reported in European newspapers and were displayed in various zoos, such as in Berlin and Paris.



Basenjis Zoo Berlin BRD

Photo Dr.O.Heinroth  Pariah Hunde R.Menzel



Bosc " Congo Terrier" Zoo Paris F

Photo The complete Basenji by Elspet Ford


1912 a stuffed Basenji in a Pygmy village was exhibited  in the Museum of Natural History in New York City Pygmies




native Basenji



Breeding start in Great Britain

An interest in Basenji dogs was awakened. During the following decades Basenjis were brought to Europe and America and meanwhile spread worldwide. Under very difficult circumstances, the breeding of Basenjis was started in Great Britain. Lady Helen Nutting, Major George Richards, Mrs. Olivia Burn, Miss Veronica Tudor-Williams, Mrs. Elspet Ford and other pioneers who lived for several times in Africa and saw the Basenjis in their  natural surroundings  became the first registered breeder in the western world.



Pioneers of the basenji breeding

G. Richards with Ting Deet's South Sudan  and 1920 As cult : Zande dog little pet

"Basenjis The barkless dogs" V. Tudor-Williams


Zoologists and Explorers Armand and Michaela Denis with Forest Basenjis (Belgian Congo)

"Basenjis The barkless dogs" V. Tudor-Williams




Major George Richards              Lady Helen Nutting                               Mrs. Olivia Burn                   





 Miss  Veronica Tudor Williams                                                                Mrs. Elspet Ford                       








K'impi, Kwango, Kookoo, Kasui and Kavirondo of the Congo

Early Basenjis in Great Britain



1937 the breed was established in Great Britain by Mrs. Olivia Burn, "of the Bleans" Basenjis. Her Basenjis were exhibited at Crufts in the same year. The interest was so much that the police had to be employed to keep the visitors moving past the Basenji benches.




Basenjis exhibited at Crufts 1937

Photo The complete Basenji by Elspet Ford



Miss Veronica Tudor - Williams became a very successful breeder, "of the Congo" especially with her world famous female  Fula of the Congo


Fula  in her Africa home          10 weeks old 1959

Courtesy Photo Miss V. Tudor-Williams and Fula



The Basenji Club of Great Britain was formed on 09.02.1939 and is the oldest established club in the world for the  breed  of Basenjis.  The ever  first standard  was formulated and the Basenji as breed established. In the following years Basenji clubs in Australia, Canada and the United States of America First Basenjis in the U.S. were founded,  to be followed by the establishment of new clubs worldwide.


Mrs. Berta Burkert established the Basenji-Klub Deutschland on 07. 07. 1977  in Munich . She became the first well known breeder Kennel  Casa d'Regina   Breeding start in Germany


About current breeding and adequate animal housing you get any information from the Breeders or the Basenji Clubs.   Standard


The breeding dog Basenji worldwide today.

Basenjis have all instincts  very well compatible for their natural  homeland  in freedom. But they are not very well conformist to high tech civilization. Cars, streetcars and train are no danger in their mind. He still can provide his own food and find anything edible; look out for poison and spoiled food.  Therefore it's so important to feed them appropriate  natural food  to the species. Basenjis learn very quickly to do what we want, but then often do  as they like, because they are independent dogs . Take it easy and donít worry. Start very early by  training   your Basenji and be consequent. In his natural surrounding the basenji is not accustomed  to stay alone  because he live beneath the people with his pack in freedom. Give the Basenji a chance to learn to cope with modern civilization. These intelligent dog need mental training and a lot of  exercise . You should like to learn the  basenji language , that makes the life with Basenjis easy going.


The world-famous Basenji expert Miss Veronica Tudor-Williams wrote an article (Journal of the Society for the Preservation of the Fauna of the Empire, Nr.54) on the Basenjis of Central Africa and called them a "living fossils". She wrote: "It would be a tragedy if these canines of such ancient lineage, having maintained their identity over numerous centuries, would now be lost to us forever as a consequence of expanding civilization".


I want to add, it is my concern that the Basenjis be not bred with purely optical fashionable or commercial goals in mind.  The first must for the breeder is to have the health in mind.


It is our opinion that the BASENJI is perfect since hundred of years and should it be.






Fula Africa Import

Courtesy Picture V.Tudor-Williams