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".
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.
2023 National Specialty
2023 – 7-11 August
Chairperson: Natalie Scherwin
Assistant Chair: Barbara Reisinger
Conformation judge: Mia Lowbeer
Sweeps Judge: Sally Wuornos
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.
Upcoming National Specialties
2024 – 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)
|December 10||BCOA Supported Entry
Eastern Dog Club
|April 15||Designated Specialty
|April 16||Designated Specialty
Central Region: (AR, IA, IL, KS, LA, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, WI)
|March 24||Independent Specialty
Forth Worth, TX
Western Region: (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
Independent AM Specialty
|July 19||Independent PM Specialty