During the last decades, a large number of scientific publications have described the genetic principles of coat colour and coat variation. Because of the complex nature of the information, an overview of the genes for coat colour and coat variation factors has been made to enable interpretation. The overviews are available for dogs, cats and horses.
Coat colours and coat variations are influenced by many hereditary factors. The DNA-tests for are based on physiological effects in the body, in which the production and distribution of pigments result in many coat colour variants. In several cases, the coat colour of an animal may only be decided using DNA-tests.
Please refer to the pages below for a detailed explanation of the various coat colours and variations:
• Cat;Feline Coat Colour
• Dog; Canine Coat Colour
• Horse; Equine Coat Colour