At the BSFA trial meeting held on the 13th June 2021, the BSFA had it's first basenji Best In Field for some years. Crystal Javelin Ontario also won a coveted Judge's Choice rosette for her outstanding performance and of course, Best Of Breed. I asked her owners to tell us more about the breed and their basenji.
The Basenji is an ancient breed of dog native to central Africa, where it is used to point and retrieve and to drive quarry into a net. It is also known as the African Barkless dog, but it does produce a variety of sounds other than barks.
Lure coursing is a great sport for Basenjis as it enables them to use their natural ability to run fast at full speed. When running at full speed, they will often uncurl their tail to help maintain balance as they cut through the undergrowth.
Tseya was born 5th of December 2011 in Latvia and arrived in the UK in early spring 2012. She was our first family dog and she changed our lives, we all became more active in any weather. Tseya made us explore all our local area and surrounding woods. She is a good holiday companion and has travelled with us all over England, Wales and the Isle of White. Tseya is a great hunter, squirrels and pigeons don’t stand a chance! She loves her runs and she is a great escape artist, she managed to escape over our 6 foot garden fence. I read that basenjis can even climb trees although I have only seen this in photographs.
I wanted to have a second basenji and struggled to find one in the UK. So I decided to breed from Tseya and we did all the necessary health tests. She has had 2 litters and produced 9 beautiful healthy pups in total. I have kept a girl Cheetah (KC registered name - Aksaifleet I’m Cheetah) from her first litter born 2015 and Steve fell in love with the girl from the second litter born in 2017 - Rosa (KC registered name - Aksaifleet Russki Rose) and we kept her as well. The girls absolutely love Lure Coursing – it is fantastic day out for all. Freedom for dogs, for us meeting new and old members of the club, beautiful dogs, raffle prizes and of course a picnic on the field!
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