Chow colors

the loci for color in the Chow Chow breed

All Chow Chows have probably BB on the B-locus, hh on the H-locus, mm on the M-locus, SS on the S-locus and tt on the T-locus.

The other loci for the different Chow Chow colors are:

black smooth Chow Chow

black

A-locus: all combinations of ay and a
K-locus: KBKB or KBky
E-locus: EE or Ee
D-locus: DD or Dd

red smooth Chow Chow

red

A-locus: ayay or aya
K-locus: kyky
E-locus: EE or Ee
D-locus: DD or Dd

blue smooth Chow Chow

blue

A-locus: all combinations of ay and a
K-locus: KBKB or KBky
E-locus: EE or Ee
D-locus: dd
Two of the six blue Chow Chows that were DNA tested on color were Dd on the D-locus, this suggests that there should be an other locus for coat dillution in Chows.

fawn smooth Chow Chow

fawn (cinnamon)

A-locus: ayay or aya
K-locus: kyky
E-locus: EE or Ee
D-locus: dd

cream smooth Chow Chow

cream

A-locus: all combinations of ay and a
K-locus: all combinations of KB and ky
E-locus: ee
D-locus: all combinations of D and d
It could be that dillution makes a cream somewhat lighter in color.

Thanks to Peter Wellinga who provided the photos of the fawn and blue smooth Chow Chows and Janneke en Leo Leunissen for the photo of the cream smooth Chow Chow.

color and coat

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February 13th, 2018
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