The breed must be entered in the miscellaneous show class for the present. This is under the new rule adopted in '43 and applicable to all newly-recognized breeds.
The Basenji Club of America has Alexander Phemister as President (Indian Pond Road, Kingston, Mass.): Treasurer. George L. Gilkey: Vice Presidents Ethelwyn Harrison, Eloise Gerry: Secretary George E. Richards
There are, Mr Phemister states, approximately 35 basenjis in America and about 30 of these are registered with the AKC. He believes that Mrs Byron Rogers of New York City imported the first Basenji to America, this in '37.
To quote from Mr Phemister's letter: "The basenji is barkless and highly intelligent. The first basenji raised in this country, Phemister's Barrie, made his CD in three straight shows with a score of 92 or better at each show.
"Many basenjis will be trained and used for hunting purposes."
In England the breed is classified in the sporting group.
It is native to Central Africa and derives its name from the fact that it is considered a barkless dog although not silent; the bark is a variation of a whining sound.
It is not entirely a new breed for specimens were exhibited at Cruft's show in London as early as 1895
OFFICIAL BASENJI STANDARD
Approved by the AKC on 9th, November 1943
Approximately 17 inches males, 16 inches bitches.
Black greatly desired, but a pinkish tinge should not penalise an otherwise first-class specimen.
Should be pointed and erect, set well forward and of fine texture.
Should be dark hazel, almond shaped, small, deep-set and far-seeing.
Of sufficient length, well-crested, and slightly full at the base of the throat. It should be well set into flat, laid-back shoulders.
Deep and of medium width.
The body should be short and level. The ribs well sprung with plenty of heart-room and deep brisket, short-coupled and ending in a definite waist.
Small, narrow, with arched toes.
Straight with clean bone and well defined sinews. Pasterns straight rather than otherwise, but not of the fox-terrier type.
Strong and muscular, with hocks well let down, and turned neither in nor out, with long second thighs.
Set on top and curled tightly over to one side.
Chestnut with white points and tail tip; also black and white; and black, tan and white; red and white; faun and white.
Short and silky, skin very pliant.
Both hindlegs and forelegs should be carried straight forward with springing strides, greatly resembling that of a racehorse trotting full out, this swift, tireless running gait being a special characteristic of the breed.
Basenjis do not bark. The appearance should be one of springy poise and alertness, greatly resembling an antelope.
British Standard of 1942
British Standard of 1954
British Standard of 1965
British Standard of 1986
American Standard of 1956
American Standard of 1954
American Standard of 1990
Current Canadian Standard
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