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Congrats to Lyra for attaining her Australian Supreme Champion title

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Genetically normal for Fanconi Syndrome

Purchase with Confidence

Parents health tested and DNA profiled

Genetically normal for PKD (HA)

Genetically normal or carrier for PRA-BJ1

Eyes screened with ACES

Exceptional temperaments

Parentage verified by DNA

Full, complete backup for the life of puppy

Tambuzi Basenjis

Basenji Breeders Victoria Australia

Preserving the Past, Present & Future

Tambuzi Basenjis; Basenji Breeders Victoria Australia is kennel devoted to this ancient dog breed. In Swahili Tambuzi  means intelligent, shrewd, clever, astute, quick-witted. This seemed to sum up the Basenji completely. I thought Tambuzi to be the perfect kennel name for this breed. I welcome you to browse through this website.  Review information about my Basenjis, health information, history, my breeding plans, links and resources. I am a member and registered breeder of DOGS Victoria. Should you have any questions about this truly unique breed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Congratulations Lyra on attaining your Supreme Champion title 

Australian Supreme Champion Tambuzi The Secret Society

Team Tambuzi

Team Tambuzi

Meet Team Tambuzi; the current Tambuzi Show Team. Pages are also dedicated to retired and senior team members.

Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

The Basenji is an ancient breed that has evolved through ‘survival of the fittest’. Find out more about health concerns.



My focus includes temperament, health, owner assistance and education. Future litter plans and puppy buyers can expect.

About Tambuzi

About Tambuzi

I purchased by first Basenji in 1997. This is about me, my main hobby - Basenjis and about my judging assignments.


Eye Exams

A trip to Melbourne to Dr Robin Stanley today. A nice long trip – the pups slept almost all the way. The screening was conducted through the Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES) One pup with normal eyes the others have slight PPM’s which Dr Stanley thought would absorb in the next few weeks. All pups with PPMs signed off as being clinically insignificant and will not cause any vision issues.

First Vaccinations

The puppies had their first vet visit today. Their first vaccination and microchips inserted. DNA swabs were also taken by Dr Sue for parentage verification. The pups took the whole experience in their stride and were paraded around the back surgery for the nurses to see.

Baby Sitters

Sierra’s puppies are living in the lap of luxury. Not one but 3 ‘mothers’. Sierra is extremely laid back with her fur-kids and it doesn’t worry her in the slightest if the other dogs come in for a look. In fact I now have nightly ‘fights’ as to whom will sleep with them. I’ve given up trying to explain that they are Sierra’s puppies. Halle (grand mother) has particularly taken them in as hers. Halle has even produced milk and is assisting in feeding and her cleaning is, as always, incredible. Meja (great grand mother) also like to nurture, no milk form her – she is a little long in the tooth for that.


  • Health, Wellbeing & Temperament

    The health and wellbeing of the Basenjis I breed has always been and will continue to be a top priority. Veterinary science is an ever changing landscape of improvement and new technology. The advent of breed specific DNA tests such as the DNA test for Fanconi Syndrome has given breeders additional tools in the rearing of healthy puppies. I have developed a health management program that maximises the use of available DNA tests and scientifically valid screening methods. I am an authorised DNA collector for Orivet Genetic Pet Care.

    Temperament is equally important. The importance of well balanced socialisation in the first 14 weeks of a pup’s life cannot be over emphasized. I have developed my own process of nurturing puppies which begins before they are born. Although my methods may not be unique they work for me. Basenjis bred by Tambuzi have exceptional temperaments.

  • Dog Showing and Judging

    I enjoy dog showing as a hobby. Of course we always enjoy coming home with a Best of Breed ribbon. I am a member of the Victorian Basenji Breed Association and DOGS Victoria. Tambuzi continues to be successful in the show ring. Aust Gr Ch Tambuzi At Light Speed is the youngest female Basenji to attain that title. Her daughter Aust Ch Tambuzi The Rinpoche of Qinghai attained her champion title in 7 months and 1 week.

    My involvement in the dog world has extended to judging. Passing theory and practical assessments to  judge the Hound Group at championship show level. I have had the pleasure of judging the Hound Group in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. Including the Southern Region of NSW Hound Specialty and ‘special’ classes at the Saluki Club of Victoria’s Championship Show. I am now studying the Gun Dog Group and have passed the theory examination.

  • Progressive & Forward Thinking

    Progressive thinking, the ability to change and take on board new and exciting technology are aspirations of Tambuzi Basenjis. Tambuzi is the first Australian Basenji kennel to utilize state-of-the-art genetic technology, Optimal Selection™  which I commenced using in 2012. Pilot studies carried out have shown an increase in average litter numbers. A reduction in disease and greater genetic diversity. As time goes by, with continuing research and development, one can only imagine how tools such as Optimal Selection™  will assist breeders in the future.

  • Information & Assistance

    I often received emails and calls with questions and concerns from Basenji owners. This has been in my capacity as a breeder and owner of this unique breed. Also in my position as Secretary of the Victorian Basenji Breed Assoc. I am more than happy to try and assist Basenji owners with any questions they might have. If I can’t help immediately I will research and ask some other long time breeders. Please feel free to make contact with me.


The next planned litter at Tambuzi will be bred in 2017. The dam will be Ch Tambuzi The Secret Of Roan Inish (Willow). The sire will be Am Grand Ch Kazor’s Breaking the Bank (Breaker). I am very excited to be using this young dog from the famous Kazor kennel (USA). Many thanks to Zandeena Basenjis for allowing me to use this quality dog. He has already left his mark in the show ring since arriving in Australia with a Best in Group (BIG-1) and Runner Up in Group (BIG-2) wins to his credit. See Willow and Breaker on our next litter page.


We don’t bark


Basenji generally don’t bark. Their larynx is shaped slightly differently to other dogs. The breed is capable of making a multitude of other sounds and noises. Most notably a yodeling ‘howl’ or barooo when they are happy.

We have one season per year

Unlike most domestic breeds the Basenji retains some of its wild ancestory and like the wolf it only seasons annually. Basenji puppies are generally born in winter.

We clean ourselves like cats

Basenji are meticulous about being clean. They preen them selves like a cat. They also do not have a ‘doggie’ odour, rather they pick up the smells around them.

Basenji Breeders Victoria Australia

Basenji Breeders Victoria Australia

Ch Tambuzi Secret Keeper

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