Sunday, July 10, 2011

Guess the Genotype #6

How about this little dog from Greece?

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Though at first glance the dog appears to simply be brown and white, it's a bit more complicated than that.

This dog is, underneath it all, black and tan and is thus atat tan pointed or ata tan pointed carrying recessive black on the agouti locus, Since recessive black is quite uncommon compared to dominant black, I am going to assume this dog does not carry the gene and is thus atat tan pointed. The points are not very clear, but they are in fact a pale cream and noticeably different from the white markings.

He (though I don't know it's gender, let's call it a him) is also brown. Both his nose and most of his coat are distinctly brown in color. He also has the amber-colored eyes associated with the liver dilution. So, he must be bb brown/liver.

Though it looks as though he may in fact be Isabella (liver + blue dilute), his coloring is too dark and the lightness is caused by the coat texture. Thus, he is either Dd or DD non-dilute. Let's assume he is DD.

He also has white markings of the Irish white designation. Because of the amount of white, it's safe to assume that he is sisi Irish white. However, there is a possibility he could be Ssw solid carrying extreme white piebald, though it is unlikely.

So, this dog is most likely atat bb DD sisi or liver and pale tan Irish.


  1. That's Mogwai! Don't get him wet and don't feed him after midnight.

  2. Let's hope he doesn't live near the ocean!

  3. Hi Stephanie. You might be interested to take a look at my mutt, who has some markings that are subtle but unusual. If you drop me a line at hello {{at}} danialwebb {{dot}} com, I'll send you some photos to look at. Cheers!