Coat Color Inheritance for Breeders

Learn more about the genetics of different coat colors.

Explore the genetics behind the wide array of coat colors found in dogs.

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Science Corner: Coat Color Genetics 101

What's the difference, genetically, between a black dog and a liver dog? Why will two recessive red dogs always produce more red puppies? Learn about the genetics behind different coat colors with our experts.

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Cocoa Trait Test Added to Embark for Breeders Product

We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new trait test to the Embark for Breeders product, testing for a variant in the HPS3 gene that causes a coat color referred to as “cocoa.”

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Red Pigment Intensity Test Added to Embark for Breeders Kit

Red pigment intensity is the concentration of red pigment (pheomelanin) in a dog's hair. Learn more about Embark's new test for red pigment intensity.

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Coat Color Inheritance: The A Locus

Learn more about the “A locus" and how Embark predicts a dog's phenotype from its A locus genotype.

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White Spotting Test Added to Embark for Breeders Product

White spotting via the "S Locus" (the MITF gene), which controls where pigment is produced in a dog's coat and skin. Learn about Embark’s test for white spotting in this article.

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A Genetic History of Dogs and Wolves in North America

North American Grey Wolves were once always grey, but now some are black. Why? Dive into how the introduction of domestic dogs from Asia changed the makeup of wolves, forever.

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Embark to School: Border Collie Coat Colors

We’re always publishing more content for breeders. Check out our Canine Genetics for Dog Breeders center for more topics.

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