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Canine Traits

 

In addition to testing for diversity and diseases, the Optimal Selection™ Canine Test looks for more than 20 specific traits including coat colors, types and morphology. Below is a list of traits by type.

Canine Trait Screening

Coat Color & Pattern
E LOCUS
Melanistic mask (Em)
Grizzle/domino (Eg)
No effect allele (E)
Recessive/clear red/yellow (e)
 
K LOCUS
Dominant black/brindle (KB/KBr)
Non-Black (ky)
 
A LOCUS
Sable/Fawn (Ay)
Agouti/Wolf Gray (Aw)
Tan points/Black-and-Tan (at)
Recessive black (a)
 
S LOCUS
White spotting, Piebald (Sp)
 
B LOCUS
Brown, two variants (Liver/Chocolate) (b)
Black (B)
 
D LOCUS
Dilution (d)*
 
H LOCUS
Harlequin
 
C LOCUS
Albinism

COLOR PATTERN
Saddle Tan
Merle
Coat Type
Furnishings (moustache and eyebrows)
Coat Length (FGF5 allele, five variants)
Curly Coat
Hairlessness
 
Body Shape & Size
Bobtail (T-box)
Chondrodysplasia (FGF4, breed defining type)
Ear Erectness, one variant
Snout/Skull Length (BMP3)
Size, six variants (IGF1, IGFR1, GHR1, GHR2, HMGA2, STC2)
 
 

*Available for certain breeds.