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. 

2019 National Specialty

November 11-14

BCOA's 2019 National Specialty in Tucson AZ


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

 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) 

11 May

Supported Entry
Mid-Atlantic Basenji Club
Green Castle PA

7 September

Regional Specialty
5 member request
Bridgewater NJ

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

22 March

Independent Specialty
Dallas/Ft Worth Basenji Club
Ft Worth TX

15 June

Designated Specialty
Greater Chicagoland Basenji Club
Grayslake IL

26 July

Independent Specialty
Basenji Club of Southeastern Wisconsin
Ixonia WI

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

18 January

Concurrent Specialty
Willamette Valley BC
Portland OR

19 July

Independent Specialty
Williamette Valley BC
Gresham OR

2 August

Independent Specialty
Evergreen Basenji Club
Auburn WA

3 August

Independent Specialty
Evergreen Basenji Club
Auburn WA

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