Membership Benefits

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These basic membership benefits are automatically included with BCOA membership, along with special member-only services.

    • Opportunity for Basenji fanciers to meet others who are involved with Basenjis in many ways by socializing and communicating with other Basenji fanciers, judges and breeders.

    • Opportunity to learn about and participate in many aspects of Basenji competition such as obedience, conformation, lure coursing, agility and more.

    • Opportunity to give back to the breed by way of being involved in community education programs and the Basenji Health Endowment.

    • Subscription to the Bulletin, a full-color magazine, the Bulletin Board Newsletter and the annual club membership Roster.

    • Access to the BCOA website's Members-Only pages, for exclusive archival information about the breed, events and the club.

    • Most of all, BCOA membership affords the opportunity to influence the preservation and integrity of the Basenji by making your voice heard as an active club member.

Membership Eligibility

Membership shall be open to all persons who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club and agree to abide by its Constitution and By-Laws.

Membership Types


Any person who has reached his or her 18th birthday and is a resident of the United States may become a regular member with full privileges from the date of membership.  Regular members may vote and may hold office.  Regular memberships have two classes:

Single membership is defined as membership held by one adult member who holds individual voting privileges.

Household membership is defined as membership held by two adult persons residing at the same address.  Each household member holds individual voting privileges.  Each household will receive just one subscription to the Bulletin, Bulletin Board and Roster.


Those who meet the requirements for regular membership but are not residents of the United States are eligible.  Foreign members may not vote, hold office, or sponsor new regular voting members. Foreign members may sponsor new non-voting Foreign members.  Two adults residing at the same address may have an Foreign Household membership.


Any person under 18 years of age is classed as a junior member.  Junior membership not in conjunction with regular single or household membership will receive a subscription to the Club Bulletin and Bulletin Board.  Junior members may not vote nor hold office.


The Club may appoint lifetime members in recognition of outstanding service to the breed.  Lifetime members may be nominated either by a petition addressed to the Secretary, signed by five members in good standing or by majority vote of the Board.  Nominees are notified of their nomination by the Club Secretary and given the option of accepting or declining the nomination.  Those accepting nomination are submitted to the Club membership for vote.  Lifetime membership is granted if the nominee receives affirmative votes of two-thirds of those voting.  Lifetime members shall hold individual voting privileges, but do not pay dues.

How to Become a Member

The application process requires submission of a completed Membership Application Form to the Club Secretary.   Applications must be endorsed by two BCOA members in good standing, not residing in the same household, who must sign the application form.  You must agree to abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the BASENJI CLUB OF AMERICA, INC. and have read its Code of Recommended Practices.  The application must be accompanied by the first year's dues.  The complete application process is described in detail in the BCOA Constitution and By-Laws. Please note that membership fees have increased as of January 1, 2019:  Single $30, Household $42, Foreign Single $30, Foreign Household $42, Junior $3, Standalone Junior $12.

Annual Membership Renewal

Membership is renewed annually.  Annual dues are payable by February 1 of each year and membership will lapse if the dues are not paid.  Reminders of membership renewal are sent out on January 1 of each year.   Watch for regular mail and online renewal information to be posted on the Message Board from the first of January through the first of March each year.

Member Reinstatement

If you were a member but missed the renewal deadline.  Here is an application for you to join the Club again.

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