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



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) 

May 15

Supported Entry
Carlisle PA

June 13

Independent Specialty
Norwalk CT

July 25

BCOA Supported Show
Hudson River Valley Hound Association
Carmel NY

October 6

Regional Specialty
Morris and Essex Kennel Club
Colonial Park NJ

October 16

Regional Specialty
Tri Star KC of Williamson
Lebanon TN

October 17 BCOA Supported Entry
Tri Star KC f Williamson
Lebanon TN
December 11 BCOA Supported Entry
Eastern Dog Club
Springfield MA

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

July 30

Independent Specialty AM

July 30 Independent Specialty PM
August 1 BCOA Supported Entry
with Waukesha KC

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

July 23

Independent Specialty
Gresham OR

August 6

Independent Specialty
Auburn WA

August 7 Concurrent Specialty
Auburn WA
November 5

Designated Specialty
with Yosemite KC
Vallejo CA

November 6

Designated Specialty
with Contra Costa KC
Vallejo CA

November 27

Concurrent Specialty - Scottsdale KC
Copper State BC
Phoenix AZ

November 28

Concurrent Specialty- Arrowhead KC
Copper State BC
Phoenix AZ

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