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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.


Meja – Ch Tambuzi The Tamperer (AI)

 16 May 1999 – 29 July 2017
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.


Australia Day International 2016 – Jan 24

Today’s show, Australia Day International 2016  was the first of two shows run by the ADI Show Committee. The hound group was judged by Mr T Itamoto (Japan). Ch Tambuzi The Secret Society (Lyra) was awarded Best of Breed and when on to be awarded Best Minor Puppy in Group. Very pleased with Lyra’s performance and the quality competition made the win all the more memorable.

Australia Day International 2016

Lyra – Best Minor Puppy in Group
ADI – 24 Jan 2016

Yarra Ranges KC 2016 – Jan 10

Today Mr B Harris (New Zealand) officiated in the hound ring at the Yarra Ranges KC 2016. Mr Harris awarded Tambuzi The Sceret Society (Lyra) Runner up Best of Breed and the bitch challenge. Later Lyra was awarded Best Minor puppy in Group with another quality line up of minors which made the win even more memorable. The win also gave Lyra the final 3 points for her Australian Champion Title, pending DOGS Victoria conformation.


Lyra – Best Minor Puppy in Group
Yarra Ranges KC – 10 Jan 2016
New Australian Champion

South Eastern KC 2016 – Jan 8

This series of shows run by the South Eastern KC has a full panel of international judges. Today Mrs S Wray (USA) was the hound group judge. Tambuzi The Secret Society (Lyra) represented Team Tambuzi at this show. Mrs Wray awarded Lyra Runner up Best of Breed and the bitch challenge. Later Lyra was awarded Best Minor Puppy in Group with a very strong line up of minors which made the win even more memorable. I’m very pleased with how this youngster is progressing.

South Eastern KC

Lyra – Best Minor Puppy in Group
South Eastern KC – 5 Jan 2016


  • 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, Toy and Gundog Groups at championship show level. I have had the pleasure of judging the Hound, Gundog and Toy Groups in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and Hounds in 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 Terrier Group.

  • 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 litters at Tambuzi will be bred in 2018. The dams will be Ch Tambuzi How Soon Is Now (Sierra).  And MBIS Supreme Ch Tambuzi The Secret Society (Lyra).  See Sierra and Lyra’s litters details 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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