Terry is right of course, these pics are from the Parade of African Imports. All of these dogs came directly from Africa. Four from the most recent Avongara trip (2011), one from the most recent Ntomba trip (2010), and two from prior Avongara trips. Most are not registered yet with AKC (except possibly Bernadette?) they may, or may not be submitted for inclusion in the studbook…but the parade gives people a chance to see the dogs in person, before they are asked to vote for their inclusion. Keep in mind that a picture may not do a dog justice; and these dogs were all a little nervous being in the ring with people clapping etc, especially the puppies!
So to answer your question more directly...this is a representation of what Basenjis look like when found in their natural state We don't add dogs from Africa to make better show dogs (for the most part) we add them in to increase our genetic diversity (if used correctly), and to ensure the survival of an ancient breed. No one expects that imported dogs are going to be competitve in the show ring, although occasionally some are! But we do expect that they conform to standard, which most of these dogs do...each may have faults, even significant faults, but that individual may produce beautiful puppies when bred the right partner.