Coat Color Alleles in Dogs

an updated list of coat color alleles in dogs found using DNA, and postulated from breeding data

This webpage is part of a series on Dog Coat Color Genetics and was last updated on December 26, 2013 by Sheila Schmutz


This list will differ from most others in published texts, which are based on hypothetical alleles proposed to explain actual breeding data. C.C. Little's classic work suggested some alleles not mentioned here and conversely a few new alleles that he did not predict have since been discovered. The list is not meant to be complete because research by our group and others continues.


Alleles known to exist at the 9 genes mapped in dogs, using DNA.

Additional alleles postulated to exist based on breeding data

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for further information contact:

Sheila M. Schmutz, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Animal and Poultry Science

College of Agriculture

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Canada S7N 5A8

phone: (306)966-4153 fax: (306)966-4151

e-mail schmutz@sask.usask.ca