April 18, 2005

Coat colours in cattle dogs.

The usual colour for a cattle dog is red or 'blue' but there are some uncommon variations - though not acceptable in the show ring, some are rather attractive.

In many dog breeds 'blue' is used to describe a black coat color that has been diluted to a slaty grey, an effect of the dilution gene. In cattle dogs the 'blue' is a grey appearance that is the result of the even dispersion of whites and black hair through the coat, an effect of the ticking gene.

More research is being done in the field of coat color genetics, and as more information is gathered more of the 'unknowns' are becoming 'known' .

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