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Congrats to River for attaining his 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 please contact to verify my membership. My Victorian Government Pet Exchange Register source number is RB128637. Should you have any questions about this truly unique breed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking for a Puppy?

Looking for a Basenji puppy?  Unfortunately, puppies for my forthcoming 2020 litters are spoken for. However, if you would to be informed of my 2021 litter then please complete the Expression of Interest/Puppy Enquiry Form for more information - this along with other information about what is generally included when you purchase a puppy from Tambuzi look at our 2020 next litter page.

New Supreme Champion

River attains his Supreme Champion title in style with back to back Best in Shows

MBIS Supreme Champion Tambuzi Seven Streams of Soma

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.


Historic Maldon Kennel Club 2015 – 3 January

Another warm day. The hound group for the Historic Maldon Kennel Club 2016 show was judged today by hound specialist Mr Keven Summers (Vic). What a fantastic start to the year for this youngster. Very happy that Mr Summers awarded Tambuzi The Secret Society (Lyra) Best of Breed and the in the group specials ring Lyra went on to be awarded her second Best Exhibit in Group (BIG-1) in a matter of 3 days!  Later in the General Specials ring under Miss M Joyce (Vic) Lyra was awarded Best Minor Puppy in Show.

Historic Maldon Kennel Club 2015

Lyra - Best Exhibit in Group
Best Minor Puppy in Show
Historic Maldon KC - 3 Jan 2016

Kyneton and District Kennel Club 2015 – 2 January

Mrs Jan Campbell (Vic) judged the hound group today at Kyneton and District Kennel Club 2015. Very pleased with Tambuzi The Secret Society (Lyra) being awarded Best of Breed and Best Minor Puppy in Group.

Kyneton and District Kennel Club 2015

Lyra - Best Minor Puppy in Group
Kyneton and District - 2 Jan 2016

Dogs Victoria New Years Eve Show 2015

The second of two Dogs Victoria Amenities Shows. The Dogs Victoria New Years Eve Show 2015 commenced early evening. It was a truly beautiful warm evening and one that turned out to be very memorable for Tambuzi. Again the evening was spent socialising around the rings catching up with many friends to celebrate our dogs achievements for the past 12 months. Hound specialist Mr Tony Kyman (Vic) was our judge this evening. Dusk is when my dogs wake up to watch the Kangaroo 'migration' through the property. Lyra was on 'almost' her best behaviour and showed very well. She was awarded Best of Breed and went into the Best in Group ring amongst a number of quality dogs. It was a wonderful and most exciting honour for Lyra to be awarded Best Exhibit in Group (BIG-1) and all at the tender age of 7 months and 2 days old. Later as firework displays were going off in the distance Lyra was awarded Best Minor Puppy in Show by general specials judge Mrs Barbara Doyle (Vic). This was a fantastic conclusion to what was an amazing night and a tremendous year for Tambuzi. Well done to Best in Show winner the Old English Sheepdog MBIS Am Ch & Aust Sup Ch Barkshire's Captain America (Imp USA) and Runner Up Best in Show Winner the English Springer Spaniel MBIS BISS Winner Aust Sup Ch Sandicam The Look Of Love and all the other class in show winners.

Dogs Victoria New Years Eve Show 2015

Lyra - Best Exhibit in Group
Best Minor Puppy in Show
Dogs Victoria New Years Eve Show - 31 Dec 2015


  • 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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