Our Dogs

We think our dogs are pretty terrific, and what they’ve achieved says a lot about what we expect for any of our dogs, whether “show” or “companion”.

Disa

DC Taji’s hAfrican Queen Disa SC CA BCAT CGCA CGCU TKA FDX RATM*

A half-African out of a mother who was brought out of the Congo as a puppy (Avongara Naziki) and a domesticated father (Penda Taji’s Tri-Umphant One), Disa is a prime example of the uncommon “open cap” coloration pattern.

She is a natural hunter, finding great success in both lure-coursing—she’s earned her Field Championship, which is implied in the “DC” title—and in Barn Hunt—the “RATM”. Disa also enjoys “working” just for the sake of work, and spending time with us, be it working on tricks (“TKA”) or on flyball (“FDX”). Yes, that’s right, Basenjis can play flyball! (If you’re patient, anyway.)

Spyros

CH Kibushi Gugu Diospyros RN JC CAA BCAT SWN SBA RATO CGCA CGCU TKP

Technically a half-African, but what we’d prefer to call “two-quarters African” because of an additional generation of breeding, Spyros is out of two half-African parents: mother Possum Creek’s Ngoma and father Kibushi The Oracle (a.k.a. “Wags”). Spyros shows a much-more-typical tri-color pattern but is distinguished by having very little white, with no flashy white “collar” around his neck.

Spyros loves to run and chase, happily volunteering to test lure-coursing layouts, run in the singles stakes, and in coursing ability tests, all on the same day. As long as the “bunny” is moving, he’s after it! He also truly loves “working” when there’s a chance for treats at the end.

Gable

CH Taji & Ture’s G.Wiz R U Sirius? SC CA TKI

Our “keeper” out of Disa’s first litter (sired by the famous Sonbar’s Celestial Wizard, a.k.a. “Bravo”), Gable is a spunky little monkey. Having been raised from birth using the “Puppy Culture” protocol, he believes that the world is a fun place, where new experiences can be incredibly rewarding… which means he’s willing to try doing just about anything! (If we could get a Basenji to swim voluntarily, it would most likely be Gable.)

Bogart

BIF Ture’s Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Our male “keeper” out of Disa’s second litter (sired by Dark Moon’s Bada Bing!, a.k.a. “Yoshi”), Bogart is an absolute sweetheart.

Hedy

GCH CH Ture’s Sending Sirius Signals TKN

Our female “keeper” out of Disa’s second litter (sired by Dark Moon’s Bada Bing!, a.k.a. “Yoshi”), Hedy is affectionately nicknamed “Hurricane Hedy”.

What is with all those letters around the dogs’ names?

So glad you asked!

TLDR; hover over the letters to see what title they represent. On mobile, well, you’ll have to keep reading.

In the conformation and performance dog world, we sometimes call this the “alphabet soup”, because it looks like a bunch of random gibberish. In truth, it’s simply the way that AKC and other organizations indicate any titles earned by the dog.

Here’s a quick guide to the ones you might see on this page:

BCATFast CAT—150 points (Earned 150 points at Fast CAT events)
BIFBest In Field (Won final Best In Field run-off against all other breeds at a lure coursing trial)
CACoursing Ability
CAACoursing Ability Advanced
CGCACanine Good Citizen Advanced
CGCUCanine Good Citizen Urban
CHChampion (15 points with at least 2 majors)
DCDual-champion (Dog earns both conformation Champion and Field Champion)
FDXFlyball Dog Excellent
GCHGrand Champion
JCJunior Courser (Two successful solo lure-coursing scores)
RATMBarn Hunt Master
RATOBarn Hunt Open
RNRally Novice
SBAScent Work Buried Advanced
SCSenior Courser (Four successful scores)
SWNScent Work Novice (complete all four elements in novice)
TKATrick Dog Advanced
TKITrick Dog Intermediate
TKNTrick Dog Novice
TKPTrick Dog Performer

(There are more listed on the titles page.)

So, you would interpret Disa’s titles (DC / SC CA BCAT CGCA CGCU TKA FDX RATM) as:

  • Dual Champion (both conformation and performance)
  • Senior Courser
  • Coursing Ability
  • Fast CAT—150 points
  • Canine Good Citizen Advanced
  • Canine Good Citizen Urban
  • Trick Dog Advanced
  • Flyball Dog Excellent
  • Barn Hunt Master

... and Spyros’s titles (CH / RN JC CAA BCAT SWN SBA RATO CGCA CGCU TKP) as:

  • Champion (conformation only)
  • Rally Novice
  • Junior Courser
  • Coursing Ability Advanced
  • Fast CAT—150 points
  • Barn Hunt Master
  • Scent Work Novice (includes all four elements: buried, containers, interiors, and exteriors)
  • Scent Work Buried Advanced (supercedes the novice title, but only for buried)
  • Barn Hunt Open
  • Canine Good Citizen Advanced
  • Canine Good Citizen Urban
  • Trick Dog Performer