Copper State Basenji Club A Club for Arizona Basenji Lovers....  Past, Present & Future  formerly The Basenji Club of Greater Phoenix

About Basenjis

History of the Barkless Dogs

Stylized representations of a small, aristocratic, curly-tailed dog that authorities believe to be Basenjis have been found in Egyptian Bas Reliefs, created in the time of Moses. Some show these dogs accompanying funeral processions of the great leaders during the time of ancient Pharaohs. Other engravings, dated as early as 3600 B.C., show these dogs as house dogs seated by the chair of their masters. There is a long gap between ancient history & the nineteenth century, when various explorers in the upper Congo & the Southern Sudan reported dogs “like those of ancient Egypt”.  These dogs were being used by the natives to drive game into hunters' nets. It is mentioned that the natives tied bells to these dogs, in order to know where were,  because they were silent hunters & did not bark.  Interestingly, these hunting techniques are still in use today. The first successful attempt to bring these fascinating dogs out of Africa occurred in the 1930's.  About a dozen were imported to England by different importers.  Chief credit for establishing the breed in England, in spite of the rigors of World War II in the late 1930's & early 1940's, belongs to Miss Veronica Tudor-Williams, author of Basenjis: The Barkless Dogs of Central Africa.

Rescue Links

BRAT - Basenji Rescue & Transport Medfly Basenji Rescue of Southern California Health Links Valley Fever Center for Excellence OFA - Orthopedic Foundation for Animals CERF - Canine Eye Registration Foundation
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About Basenjis

History of the Barkless

Dogs

Stylized representations of a small, aristocratic, curly-tailed dog that authorities believe to be Basenjis have been found in Egyptian Bas Reliefs, created in the time of Moses. Some show these dogs accompanying funeral processions of the great leaders during the time of ancient Pharaohs. Other engravings, dated as early as 3600 B.C., show these dogs as house dogs seated by the chair of their masters. There is a long gap between ancient history & the nineteenth century, when various explorers in the upper Congo & the Southern Sudan reported dogs “like those of ancient Egypt”.  These dogs were being used by the natives to drive game into hunters' nets. It is mentioned that the natives tied bells to these dogs, in order to know where were,  because they were silent hunters & did not bark.  Interestingly, these hunting techniques are still in use today. The first successful attempt to bring these fascinating dogs out of Africa occurred in the 1930's.  About a dozen were imported to England by different importers.  Chief credit for establishing the breed in England, in spite of the rigors of World War II in the late 1930's & early 1940's, belongs to Miss Veronica Tudor-Williams, author of Basenjis: The Barkless Dogs of Central Africa.

Rescue Links

BRAT - Basenji Rescue & Transport Medfly Basenji Rescue of Southern California Health Links Valley Fever Center for Excellence OFA - Orthopedic Foundation for Animals CERF - Canine Eye Registration Foundation
A Club for Arizona Basenji Lovers....  Past, Present & Future