Foundation Stock Sorted By Year of Import

Import from Africa

This is a list of basenji foundation stock sorted by date of importation. The links each have photos and information on their origins, health testing and progeny.

Graphic of first basenji in USAImports prior to 1987

The first import into America was a stuffed Basenji (image at right) secured by Lang and Chapin in 1912. It appeared in an exhibit of a pygmy family group at the American Natural History Museum in New York City.

Prior to 1987, a total of 28 Basenjis were exported directly from Africa to Europe or the United States. Most of the imports went to England. Six were imported to the United States including one that came as a stowaway. In the 1970s and in 1980s five Basenjis were imported into Germany.

1936 (Imported to U.K.)

Bongo of Blean

Bokoto of Blean

Bereke of Blean

1937 (Imported to U.K.; Bakuma was exported from U.K. directly to the U.S.)


Bashele of Blean


Basanga of Blean

Bakuma of Blean (renamed Phemister's Bois)

1938 (Imported to U.K.)

Bungwa of Blean

Nyanabiem of Tonj

Kandi of the Congo

Amatangazig of the Congo

1939 (Imported to U.K.)

Simolo of the Congo

1941 (Imported to U.S.)

Phemister's Congo



1950s? (Not exported, descendants brought to U.S.)

Tex of Alexandria  

1952 (Imported to U.K.)

Wau of the Congo

1959 (Imported to U.K.; Binza was exported back to Rhodesia)

Fula of the Congo

Binza of Laughing Brook

1960s (Not exported, descendants brought to U.S.; Kogi's also to U.K.)



1961 (Imported to U.S.)

Kiki of Cryon

1965 (Imported to U.K.)

Taysenji Tahzu

1970s (Imported to Germany)

Liberias Poldi

1981? (Imported to Germany

Nairas of Badagry

Saphona of Lagos

Williana of Badagry

Shakilo of Badagry

Collage of 1990 Registered Foundation BasenjisRegistered Foundation Stock - 1990

In 1987 and 1988 an expedition to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) was undertaken by American breeders to increase the limited gene pool of the Basenjis. From these two trips a total of 19 Basenjis were imported to America. After petitioning the AKC, the Stud Book was reopened in 1990. Thirteen dogs from the two trips were registered and a previous import named Esenjo was also accepted.

1978 (Imported to U.S.)


1987-88 (Imported to U.S.)

Avongara Bazingbi

Avongara Diagba

Avongara Elly

Avongara Gangura

Avongara Goldi

Avongara K'Posi

Avongara M'Bliki

Avongara Nabodio

Avongara N'Gola

Avongara N'Gondi

Avongara Renzi

Avongara Wele

Avongara Zamee

Imports after 1988

1999 (Imported to Italy)


Zaire Bongo

Zaire Zulu

Registered Foundation Stock - 2009 to 2013

Yodeling Basenji in AfricaThe BCOA sent a petition to the AKC to have the Stud Book reopened for Native Dogs recently imported from Africa. The AKC agreed to reopen the Basenji Stud Book for four years from 2009 to 2013. Ten dogs were accepted in 2009 to be included in the stud book.

2006 (Imported to U.S.)

Avongara Bernadette

Avongara Luka

Avongara Ojo

Avongara Rikita

Avongara Zibili

2007 (Imported to U.S.)

Lukuru Amisi

Lukuru Lema

Lukuru na Liboso Mopaya

2008 (Imported to U.S., Angali was sent on to Sweden and Asuma on to Finland)

Avongara Angali

Avongara Asuma

Avongara Kitoko

Avongara Tambura

Avongara Ziki

 2010 (Imported to U.S)

Ntomba Lokoso

Ntomba Mosika

2011 (Imported to U.S)

Avongara Akua

Avongara Makala

Avongara Naziki

Avongara Nilli

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