About Us

David and HelenOur first Basenjis were our lovable clown “Zurii” bred by Mick Lindsay of Tengku Basenjis and our beautiful “Mali” bred by Denise Doyle of Helios Basenjis. Although Helen grew up surrounded by dogs and various animals the Basenji breed have totally captivated both of us and we have found them to be an entertaining, beautiful, unusual & at times challenging breed and we can't imagine ourselves without at least a couple of Basenjis in our lives.

Even though showing and breeding Basenjis is a hobby of ours we still take our breeding program seriously and we firmly believe that we are responsible for the puppies that we breed which means that we make ourselves available for advice, information & ongoing support for the lifetime of the dogs that we breed. We feel that we can only achieve this level of commitment if we do not breed too frequently plus we have an active busy lifestyle aside from our doggy activities. Helen was also able to implement & operate a Basenji Rescue/Rehoming service Australia wide for over 12 years and helped over 50 Basenjis during that time.

We greatly appreciate the guidance we have had from several longtime breeders over the years. In particular Denise Doyle (Helios) and Doreen Duffin (Makuba) have openly shared their knowledge and love of the breed with us and for this we will always be grateful!

Our aim is to breed Basenjis that conform as closely as possible to the Breed Standard along with good temperaments and health.

Our Basenjis are exhibited and evaluated by licensed judges at dog exhibition shows which helps us to validate our dogs' physical construction and movement. Each breed of dog exists for a job or particular purpose and judges should consider these functions when evaluating the dogs in the showring. Basenjis are still used to hunt for food in Africa so it only follows that a well constructed Basenji is going to be more efficient & capable at getting the job done in the African heat & terrain; so a judge will be looking for a Basenji who is able to move correctly and soundly and have enough breed points to look like a typical Basenji. A poorly constructed dog will tire easily and sustain more injuries making it difficult to hunt efficiently for food & at the same time making them easy prey for predators.

While life in Australia is certainly much easier than life in Africa it follows that having a well constructed Basenji will result in a dog who will have more stamina to play, enjoy walks & runs with his family, and will be less likely to develop injuries & arthritis in old age.

Tuuli winning a Lure Coursing race
International, Nordic, Baltic, Fin, Swe, Nor, Rus, Est, Ru, Lt, Lv Ch, LTW-08 Afrikenji Hot Sumabreeze competing in lure coursing in Finland

Since our goal is to breed happy Basenjis who will also live a long healthy life all of our Basenjis have certain health tests carried out to give us as much information as possible behind our breeding program. Thanks to Denise Doyle of Helios Basenjis and Doreen Duffin of Makuba Basenjis health testing their lines we have many years of testing behind our pedigrees.

  • Our dogs eyes are evaluated by a qualified animal Ophthalmologist at 8 wks of age, again before being bred & finally after 8 yrs of age for a final eye clearance certificate
  • Thyroid function is tested
  • Most of our dogs are Hip X-rayed after maturity for an accurate assessment of their hips
  • We also DNA test for Fanconi Syndrome before breeding
  • We share these test results on each of our dogs pages

We feel strongly about preserving the excellent Health status of our beloved breed in this country and to protect future generations from any possible health problems that may creep into the breed. As the saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure!”

When deciding to breed a litter of puppies, a great deal of consideration and research is involved in choosing the right stud dogs to suit our bitches. After our puppies are born, they get as much human contact as we can give them & since they are raised in the house it is easy to observe their temperaments and personalities. Even at 8 weeks of age, an experienced breeder can get a good idea of each puppy's temperament which is taken into consideration when deciding which type of family environment each individual puppy will be best suited for. We strongly encourage new owners to continue on with the pups socialisation , by enrolling their puppy in a Puppy Preschool or Puppy Kinder and taking their new puppy with them to as many different places and to meet as many different types of people & well behaved gentle children as possible in the first two months and into adulthood & making sure that all of these experiences are good ones.

We consider ourselves blessed to have been able to breed some wonderful dogs including Australian Champions, International Champions, numerous Group winners & BEST EXHIBIT IN SHOW winners in Australia, Finland & Italy & are also very proud of the top winning progeny of our dogs all over Europe!

David & Helen Veless
Afrikenji Basenjis - Melbourne, Australia