Like snowballing the gene that causes frosting is unknown. If both embroys had the genes for different colours, the animal will have 2 colours which often show up as random patches of different colours around 50/50. However it can happen in any colour like the Black Dutch kit shown in the picture who has extreme frosting! The orange colouring ranges from very pale to a deep red depending on the rest of the genotype of the rabbit. Learn how to create a happy, healthy home for your pet. The only other exception is in the cases above when the coat is hiding it. The ch gene reduces all the pigment on the rabbit except for points. When talking about colours we use genotypes to identify what genes the rabbit does and does not have. Recessive genes: When a gene is completely recessive, it is at the very bottom of the “pecking order”. light-coloured; sometimes the skin below da. Unlike the albino gene which removes all eye pigment making a red eye, this gene only partially does leaving it pink. In the case of the A locus, A(agouti) is the most dominant gene. Genes in order of dominance: A (agouti), at (tan), a (self). Some examples of agouti rabbits are Chestnut, Opal, Chocolate Agouti, Orange, Chinchilla, or Frosty. It is simply hidden by this more powerful gene. Which suggests that the recessive gene after the dominant Silver is having an affect hence it likely has incomplete dominance. This gene is dominant and cannot be hidden/carried. As a note if your dealing with a pattern gene that pattern can go on top of any colour of rabbit, since its just another locus same as all the others that is having its affect on the coat. But wait.. there is more! Cassie Brown Each colour has its own base genotype, then we must try to fill in the blanks by trying to figure out which genes the rabbit carries that we cannot see visually. B which is for black keeps the coat black based. The silvering gene is fairly uncommon, however there are a select few breeds with this gene. Most people previously thought that it was a recessive gene and still believe that. Snowballing almost always molts out when the baby molts out their baby fur. It removes most of the pigment from the eye creating pink eyes in all Lutino varieties. It is worth it to note, that vienna can cause dutch like markings on a rabbit, similar to that of a rabbit who is Dudu. Twitching their noses helps rabbits to smell better. Note: some genes can “override” the agouti gene which can take the ticking/rings out of the fur. The following list covers the basic color descriptions or color groups found in pet rabbits. Incomplete dominance: Most dominant genes fully express themselves when paired with itself or a gene lower in dominance. Si3Si3 has a heavy silvering affect like in the colour Champagne and the breed Champagne D’ Argent (mostly shown on right). Dense is the dominant gene in this locus. For example in every locus you have the most dominant gene which cannot be carried, and the most recessive gene which must have 2 copies to express. You must have 2 copies for it to express in the coat. All Gene Combinations: SiSi (silver) Sisi (partial silver) sisi (no silver). Lutino is another name for the pink eyed dilution gene. Lianne is a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and freelance writer who's written nearly 400 articles for The Spruce Pets. c is the most recessive gene of this locus. EdEd(dominant black), EdEs (dominant black carrying steel), EdE (dominant black carrying extension), Edej (dominant black carrying japanese), Ede (dominant black carrying non-extension). Either a rabbit is black or it isn’t there is no hiding it. So again it will often just look like a self rabbit. Therefore the animal will have 2 sets of DNA. The dutch gene is most commonly found in the Dutch breed of rabbit. The champange color is nose to tail with no variations, no ticking, appears like bright polished steel. CC (full colour), Ccchd (full colour carrying chinchilla), Ccchl (full colour carrying sable), Cch (full colour carrying himalayan), Cc (full colour carrying albino), cchdcchd (chinchilla) cchdcchl (chinchilla carrying sable), cchdch (chinchilla carrying himalayan), cchdc (chinchilla carrying albino), cchlcchl (sable), cchlch (sable carrying himalayan), cchlc (sable carrying albino), chch (himalayan), chc (himalayan carrying albino), cc (albino). The only exception to this is if a gene in another locus has an affect and causes otherwise over the solid coloured rabbit. Ideally when working with this gene breeders want their harlies to be A_ ejej as this produces the best colour and does not mess with the genetics too much. It can also have an affect on the. The tan gene produces the tan pattern on the base colour of a rabbit. Like any other locus, each parent must pass on 1 gene from each locus. How would i go about mataining this champange gene? It can cause the same confusion as in a Dominant Black rabbit like discussed above. However these 2 genes are NOT related and have nothing to do with each other. It will also only show up in the self appearing areas of the tan/otter rabbit. All Contents copyright 2019 Yellow Brook Rabbitry. When a gene is dominant it will always express (show) in the coat. If you have any questions feel free to contact us. It cannot carry any other genes but can be carried by all the other genes in this locus. It cannot be hidden/carried. Is there a way to get a printed copy of this article? These separate the different genes which all have different affects on coat colour. A charlie has 2 of the broken gene, and will often have colour only on the nose and ears, maybe a bit on the body. b is recessive behind B. This is the most dominant gene in this locus and cannot be carried. This is commonly called the broken gene. Most of the time you only see them in black, blue, chocolate, and lilac or the ee version of those because of how the gene works. In severe cases it can cause death but many still live out full lives. All gene combinations: CC (full colour), Ccchd (full colour carrying chinchilla), Ccchl (full colour carrying sable), Cch (full colour carrying himalayan), Cc (full colour carrying albino), cchdcchd (chinchilla) cchdcchl (chinchilla carrying sable), cchdch (chinchilla carrying himalayan), cchdc (chinchilla carrying albino), cchlcchl (sable), cchlch (sable carrying himalayan), cchlc (sable carrying albino), chch (himalayan), chc (himalayan carrying albino), cc (albino). This article is a complete guide to rabbit colour genetics featuring every known gene in rabbits using easy to follow instructions and pictures. This gene is mostly found in mice and cavies, however it is also found in rabbits. the nostrils and lips is pink, if the rabbit's nose is white or The cchl gene is commonly called the shaded gene, however other genes can create a shaded look in a different way so the more correct term is sable. The genes ej and e being carried by Es can mess up the steel colour. So I know that this rabbit carries d and e, her sire was cchdcchd so I know she carries cchd. When talking about genes we capitalize genes that are dominant, and genes that are lowercase are recessive. The two base colours in a rabbit’s coat are black and yellow, thats it! There are some key things you need to know about how genes work before we actually get into the colour side of it.