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A-a Locus (A-A-LOCUS)

$40.00

The A Locus (agouti series) interacts closely with the E, K, and B Loci that can lead to a dog’s overall coat color and pattern.  A Locus mutations are only expressed if the dog is “Clear” or “Carrier” at the E locus and “Clear” at the K-KB locus. There are three potential mutations at the A Locus that can each have a different effect on coat color.  The mutations are known as A-ay, A-at and A-a and can determine whether a dog is a Carrier of sable/fawn, black and tan/tricolor/tan points coloration or a recessive form of a solid black or bicolor coat color.

The A-a Locus mutation results in a dog that is solid black.  To confirm the source of the black coat, this also requires testing for the K-KB Locus to determine if the black color is derived from the dominant K-KB mutation or the recessive A-a mutation.  A common example of the effect of this mutation is typically seen in solid black German Shepherds.

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A (CLEAR/NORMAL): These dogs have two copies of the normal gene and the effect of A Locus on their coat color can be determined by testing at the A-ay and A-at loci.  They will also not pass this mutation to any of their offspring.

B (CARRIER/NOT AFFECTED): These dogs have one copy of the normal gene and one copy of the mutation associated with this disease. They will not develop a solid black or bicolor coat due to this mutation and the effect of A Locus on their coat color can be determined by testing at the A-ay and A-at loci.  They will, if bred, pass the mutation to 50% of their offspring, on average.

C (AT RISK/AFFECTED): These dogs have two copies of the mutation and will typically develop a solid black or bicolor coat due to the A-a locus mutation and will pass this mutation to 100% of their offspring.  However, this dog’s coat color is also dependent on the E, K, and B Locus genes.

A‑a Locus (A‑A‑LOCUS)

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