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A dog of a breed originally from Africa, having a short, smooth, reddish-brown coat and characterized by the absence of a bark.
[Of Bantu origin; akin to Tshiluba basenji, inhabitants of the hinterland : ba-, pl. pref. + -senji.]
Basenji, small breed of dog belonging to the hound group, also called the African barkless dog. The breed is clearly shown in ancient Egyptian art. Although it is barkless, it is not completely mute. The basenji has upright ears, a wrinkled forehead, short hair, and a tightly curled tail. The color varies from black to reddish, often mixed with white. It weighs about 11 kg (about 24 lb) and stands about 43 cm (about 17 in) high.