Genetic aspects of umbilical hernia incidence in cats and dogs

Vet Rec. 1977 Jan 1;100(1):9-10. doi: 10.1136/vr.100.1.9.


The incidence of umbilical hernia in a family of Cornish rex cats approximated monogenic proportions. The genetic and developmental basis for umbilical hernia may be similar in cats and dogs. The defect is probably a polygenic threshold character, possibly involving a major gene whose expression is mediated by the genetic (breed) background.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / genetics*
  • Cats
  • Dog Diseases / genetics*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Hernia, Umbilical / genetics
  • Hernia, Umbilical / veterinary*
  • Male