I was raised around the Finnish Hunting Dogs that my gradpa used for hunting the rabbits. I still remember the pups that my favourite girl Mira got - 9! It was like a miracle for a little kid like me! My parents did not allow the dogs at home though but one day, when I was around 5, I found a stray kitten sitting outside the house - she did not move for days (maybe because I took some milk & food for her behind my mom's back :-)) so finally mom said OK - you take her inside. I took her in my bed and after two nights I could not breath anymore. My mom had to call an ambulance to take me to the hospital and the nightmare started - I was diagnosed with astma :-( NO animals in the house, never.

When I was a bit more than 10, I started to 'talk my mom over' again. I was desparate to get an own dog as we had moved to another village and I was not able to see even my grandparent's dogs anymore very often. My astma was 'gone' I swore and it had been good for some time soooooooo.... Finally, I got a tricolour Rough Collie bitch - Memmu - when I was 12. I loved her so much! She was a very good example of a puppy that had not had enough human contacts - she was so shy she was even difficult to keep :-( When she moved in, it took several days from her to let anyone touch her or to have a little adventure around the flat. When older, she used to hide under the kitchen table every time we got visitors, growling, barking & shaking. Poor Memmu! She loved and trusted only us, her own family. I swore that If I'd ever have the puppies they'd get all the attention possible so at least I would have done my best before they'll move out! One day my mom said (tears in her eyes) that my younger brother has been diagnosed with severe allergies (he was bad I know........) and we have to let Memmu go for a new loving home. It broke my heart and was too difficult to swollow.

When I was 16 I moved away from home and once again started to dream of an own dog. How ever, the time was hectic as I was studying and working at the same time and had absolutely no time (nor money) for a puppy. It took three-four more years when I was finally able to get a new baby. I was very active in sports at the time, plus still studied and was working so I could not even think of a breed that would need tons of excersise.........So, a smooth Chihuahua-male Lipton (Harlekino Nero) arrived into my household. He was such a character :-), a true Macho Man! Unfortunately, no matter how gorgeous and BIS-winning parents he had, he never got his premolars 'up' and was useless at the shows. I wanted him to have company how ever, and asked his breeder if she'd sell me another puppy. She did not have puppies at the moment but she ended up to sell me a cutest possible little bitch Narriman that I had admired and wanted to buy for some time. She was the sweetest little girl on the earth but never went to the shows either as I was not sill hooked with the shows anyway. Later on we found out that my sunshine-girl had epilepsy so she was really just an adored pet for me and the best buddy for Lipton.

Few years later I moved away from the town. NOW it was time for my long admired breed - BASENJI! I still had Lipton & Narriman of course and it was late February 1991 when little Pimpu arrived in Muurame. She was such an energic little puppy and she knew exactly how long I had waited for her :-). There were NO empty days or even hours since she came and I can still laugh for all the funny things she did...

When Pimpu had her first litter I imported a Peruvian Hairless bitch from the USA, darling Inka. I was fascinated with this another old, primitive and healthy breed as well and thought she'd not hurt my allergies either. Little Inka arrived and someone in the house was furious - I had forgotten to tell him that we are getting a new puppy in the house... LOL!

Time passed too quick and when I was myself pregnant with Isa in 1993, to my horror we lost Narriman day before my own 'due-time'. Needless to say, I ended up to have a C-section a week later....Narriman's hearth had not taken it anymore - she had had a very bad spring with her epilepsy :-( Poor Lipton missed Narriman so much that he could not get over it. He was crying, week after week, and looked miserable - so I gave him to my parents 'just for few weeks' to be somewhere where his girlfriend had not lived. To make a long story short, my father did not give him back anymore as Lipton was the best buddy with their lovely Rottweiler-boy Enko and always made my dad laugh with his tricks so he stayed there until his death due liver-failure.

Bulldobas-Basenjis are free spirits. My basenjis are not good in kennels and I would not even think having them in kennelfacilities. They all sleep in our kitchen or livingroom, next to the fireplace - and even our puppies are moved from their puppypen into the kitchen immediately when their momma accepts it (between the wks 3-4). I think it's essential for basenjipuppies to get used to normal living with all the noises, different people pampering them as well as living in the pack of adults. If you like to see some photos of living at Bulldobas, please click * HERE *.


Every born litter at Bulldobas is born because I wanted something from it for my own breeding-programme. The litters are results of years' planning, digging up the information, going through the pedigrees and all the pros and cons of the planned breeding. I have never counted the time or money that I've spent on my beloved basenjis or the matings done. It costs what it costs and I strongly feel that the only way to do it right is to do it like your heart tells you to do, not like your wallet wants or tells you to do it.

If you wish to get a Bulldobas-puppy in the future, you have to understand that I am very careful to place my puppies in their new homes. Early bird will find the worm like they say - If wishing for a pick of the litter be prepared to contact me in advance, be ready to answer for a good amount of questions and keep in mind that if you get your puppy from us, I insist you to stay in contact. Also, like stated before, I do want to keep something for the future from each litter so think in advance if you could say YES for the co-ownership.

I'll provide you all the healthinformation that is available for me of the family of your puppy, but also advice you to make 'your share' and continue the healthtesting with your own basenji later on.

You'll find some important information from these sites and by following the links provided - Go on and see if this is the right breed for you. Feel free to contact me at taaviti (at) netti.fi to find out more of the breed known as Nature's Masterpiece.


Someone that I respect very much has said about basenjis as follows:

Basenjis are an intelligent, fearless, friendly, independent dog with a mind of their own, known for their keen sense of humor and charming idiosyncrasies.

The Basenji is an athlete. Fit, strong and agile, he is a powerhouse in a small package He has heart, determination and boundless enthusiasm for the hunt and must have a body to match. This dog is no slouch and is a master at seizing the slightest opportunity to turn your mental lapse to his advantage. Living with this breed is exciting and can be a real challenge as his curiosity and creativity are legendary.

The Basenji is a study in contrasts. He is a tough, competitive dog, capable of great bursts of energy and extreme athleticism but no breed appreciates creature comforts such as a good meal and his master's soft, warm bed more than the Basenji.

A huge Thank You to Marianne Klinkowski (NAHARIN Basenjis) for such a lovely article!
(If you wish to read more, please go to the judges' section on this same page)