Basenji – Disease Predispositions

Pair of Basenjis


  • Hypertrophic gastritis
  • Lymphangiectasia (protein-losing enteropathy)
  • Immunoproliferative enteropathy (of Basenjis) – Specific Basenji disease
  • Pyruvate kinase deficiency DNA test available in this breed
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Persistent pupillary membranes (40–90% prevalence reported in the USA, similar prevalence in UK and Australia)
  • Cataract
  • Optic nerve coloboma
  • Pelger-Huet anomaly
  • Fanconi syndrome Familial, with 10–30% Basenjis in the USA affected
  • Cystine urolithiasis
  • Variation in the interoestrus interval

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