Basenji with Blue Eyes? 

When bringing a new pet home, especially a dog, it is common for us to get carried away by its physical appearance more than anything else. In this article, we will talk a little about Basenjis and a very peculiar and unusual characteristic related to the color of their eyes. 

Basenji breed canines are amazing animals, particularly if you have one as a pet. These dogs are extremely friendly, especially with their masters and human family members. 

The coat of these dogs is short, fine, dense, and lustrous. Their hair comes in a variety of colors and hues, including black, white, red and white, black and tan, brindle, tan and white, and so on. It could also have white markings on its legs, chest, and tail tip, as well as red markings on its nose and cheeks. 

The standard eye color of a Basenji ranges from dark hazel to dark brown. However, there are certain Basenjis that can have blue eye color, although that is rare. A curious fact is that this phenomenon occurs in only one eye, not in both. It should be noted that the color is not exactly blue but rather has a light tone that gives a bluish perception. 

Theoretically, there should be no Basenjis with blue eyes because it is not the standard color for this breed. That said, there is no hard evidence that allows us to know why a Basenji can have a light eye color. However, due to various investigations, we can determine two reasons why this occurs: 

The Basenji is Not Purebred 

That could be one reason why your Basenji has that shade of color in its eye. The canine you purchased from a breeder or store may not be purebred. It probably has an offspring in which its parents or grandparents were crossed with other breeds of dogs. 

The only way to determine it would be by testing the DNA of several of its ancestors, which would be quite complicated. 

Persistent Pupillary Membrane (PPM) 

In the basenji breed, PPM is a very prevalent condition. It’s an iris anomaly that’s usually congenital and common in these dogs. It occurs when the embryonic pupillary membrane fully covers the lens to deliver nourishment during ocular growth, resulting in a deformity. 

The eyes of a Basenji pup are a bluish color when they are born. The fetal membranes that cover the eyes generate this tint. The membranes break down as the pup develops, and by four to five weeks of age, they are usually gone. When these membranes don’t really disappear, they are referred to as PPMs. There are numerous forms of PPMs: 

  • Iris Sheets 
  • Iris to Lens 
  • Iris to Cornea 
  • Iris to Iris 

Apart from the Basenji, there are other breeds that can inherit this disease: 

  • Alaskan Malamute 
  • Basset hound 
  • Cocker spaniel 
  • Poodle 
  • Samoyed 
  • Scottish Terrier 
  • West Highland Terrier