The Basenji Club of America African Stock Project

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Veronica Tudor-Williams

East Molesey, Surrey, England

 When looking at the pages in the book BASENJI CHAMPIONS 1937 - 1977 entitled 
"Foundation Stock and Additional Imported Blood-lines" I suddenly realized that I am probably the
only person who knows the details of many of these dogs, and I felt it would be appreciated if I got
them down on paper. I have an exercise book given me by a friend of the early days (name
forgotten) in which she has listed the early dogs, and I have comments she and I put about some of
the dogs, which is a great help.
Also in the list of imported dogs in BASENJI CHAMPIONS many of those listed are British
stock bred from the original native dogs, exported and they or their progeny re-imported. This I feel
is a trifle misleading, so I have sorted out the African imports from the imported dogs which do not
carry new blood.
BONGO, BEREKE AND BOKOTO OF BLEAN, all beautiful native dogs imported from
the Belgian Congo.
MUSTI, imported from the Belgian Congo for Mr. Cross but never bred from.
BAKUMA OF BLEAN, imported from the Belgian Congo and exported directly from quarantine
to America, where at one time he disappeared, and was later was re-registered as PHEMISTER'S
BASHELE OF BLEAN, a typical native dog from the Belgian Congo. I remember Mrs. Burn telling
me that she preferred him to BAKUMA OF BLEAN.
BASANGA OF BLEAN, her pet name was Hedgehog because she had a untypically heavy coat.
She had 2 puppies, but these were sold on condition they were never bred from.
LONGELO, imported by Mrs. Burn from the Belgian Congo. He did not carry "Blean" in his name,
and a pencilled note says "Destroyed in Quarantine " .
NYANABIEM OF TONJ, a photo of her dam, TING DEET, can be seen on page 17 of the blue
Basenji book and on page 75 of my 1975 book. To me an ideal Basenji. Unfortunately though mat-
ed to KWANGO OF THE CONGO, Nyanabiem never had puppies, and died two or three years
after being brought to England from what was described as Malaria.
At about this time I imported a black and white Basenji with yellow melon-pips from the
South Sudan but she was never registered as she died of rabies in quarantine. If only this bitch,
KANDI OF THE CONGO, and NYANABIEM OF TONJ could have been bred from, the whole
course of Basenjis would have been changed as they were lovely fine specimens with charming
AMATANGAZIG (later or THE CONGO), imported from the South Sudan by Mrs. Byron and,
after she came into my possession in World War II, she became one of the real foundation Basenjis.
BUNGWA OF BLEAN, imported from the Belgian Congo, Mrs. Burn removed him from stud
because his puppies showed a tendency to bark. Even so he gave a lot of good points and can be
considered a foundation Basenji.
SIMOLO OF THE CONGO, imported from the Sudan/Uganda border. Though a typical native
dog and his puppies were pure-bred, they were too coarse for my liking so he was only used once
for stud. I am a believer in starting with the best and only using the best and I did not wish to try and
breed out Simolo's progeny's faults.
AMERICAN CH. KINGOLO, almost counts as an imported native dog as he was bred from two
native dogs imported into the United States from the Belgian Congo*, KINDU and KASENYI. He
became one of the foundation Basenjis.
WAU OF THE CONGO, Imported from the South Sudan and became a foundation Basenji.
CURLICUE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, bred from British stock, exported to Sweden and carrying
no new blood.
FULA OF THE CONGO, a native bitch, personally chosen in the South Sudan and she became
one of the foundation Basenjis.
RED LEO, Brltish stock re -imported into Britain and with no new blood.
BINZA OF LAUGHING BROOK (later Rhod. and KUSA Ch.), Tiger-stripped native dog from
the South Sudan, under went quarantine in England and then flown to his owner in Southern Rhodesia.
M'BUNGA OF LAUGHING BROOK OF THE CONGO, half native blood, being by Binza ex
the Rhodesian import RHOD. AND KUSA CH. CARMEN OF THE CONGO.
BAMBI OF GHANA, bred from two British dogs, carrying no new blood.
DRESDEN, bred from original British stock and imported from Canada.
COPTOKIN ROYAL CHALLENGE, bred from original British and American stock and carrying
no new blood.
KUSA CHS. TAYSENJI TAHZU and TAYSENJI TITEMA, native dogs both imported from
Liberia, West Africa, via Zambia.
SATIN and SHEEN OF HORSLEY, imported from America, though born in British quarantine.
Carrying one quarter native Liberian blood from their Liberian grand-dam, KIKI OF CRYON.
ROGLYN'S BRONZE PRANCER, bred from the original American/British stock and carrying no
new blood.
AM. CH. TOUCH O' CLASS OF WOZ, bred from the original American/British stock and
carrying no new blood.
In the writer's opinion the real foundation stock, whose blood is carried by practically every
Basenji in the world consists of: BONGO, BEREKE, BOKOTO, BASHELE and BUNGWA OF
considerably through their son, AM. CH. KINGOLO.

* Kindu and Kasenyi were imported from the French Congo.

Reprinted from
The Basenji
Volume XVI Number 4 April 1979 p. 3
Copyright © 1979 The Basenji, All Rights Reserved
Used with permission.