Foundation Stock Sorted By Year of Import
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.
Imports 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.)
1937 (Imported to U.K.; Bakuma was exported from U.K. directly to the U.S.)
Bakuma of Blean (renamed Phemister's Bois)
1938 (Imported to U.K.)
1939 (Imported to U.K.)
1941 (Imported to U.S.)
1950s? (Not exported, descendants brought to U.S.)
1952 (Imported to U.K.)
1959 (Imported to U.K.; Binza was exported back to Rhodesia)
1960s (Not exported, descendants brought to U.S.; Kogi's also to U.K.)
1961 (Imported to U.S.)
1965 (Imported to U.K.)
1970s (Imported to Germany)
1981? (Imported to Germany
Registered 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.)
Imports after 1988
1999 (Imported to Italy)
Registered Foundation Stock - 2009 to 2013
The 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.