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Breeding for Color

Some have accused H.O.T. of breeding for color.  Although we are breeding a line that utilized Red and White dogs, we never breed SOLELY for color.  Health, Conformation, And Temperament should come before any cosmetic traits to include mask traits, coat color, or eye color.  

I adapted the following for the Alaskan Klee Kai,  from a site about breeding for color in Siberian Huskies.  

For ease of explanation I will list offspring as either being "Black" (which includes dogs that may be Black/White, Gray/White or Solid White with Black nose, or the "Red" (which includes dogs that may be Copper, Light Red, Chocolate, Mahogany or  White w/Red  or Liver Nose .  The easiest way to tell which basic color phase a dog belongs to is by looking at the dogs "points" (nose, lips, eye rims).



 

 
Red and White littermates.  Both would be bb or "Red"


 

These examples involve the simple Black and Red genes in the mating of two black and white or gray and white  Alaskan Klee Kai and the likely offspring from their mating.  The likelihood of red offspring depends on both whether the dogs carry the recessive red gene.  

Be aware that the number really count in a large sampling and a litter of AKK is never a large enough sampling to count on exact numbers and the % are actually the percentage that EACH PUPPY HAS to be Red or Red Factored.  Tempo for example seems to pass on RF more often than not, but there may be other dogs who pass is on seldom or never even if they have it themselves. 

           
   Black x Black (no red factor present) 0% Chance of Red Pups Black Male (non-red carrier) BB  
  Black Female (non-red carrier) BB B B  
  B BB (25%) BB (25%)  
  B BB (25%) BB (25%)  
           

 

The pups will each inherit a dominant "B" for black from their father as well as a dominant "B" from their mother.  Red AKK  result from a straight ("homozygous") pair of recessive "b's" for red.   No offspring will be Red and no off spring will carry the red gene. None of the offspring will be able to produce red factored or red puppies
 

           
   Black x Black (red factor on one side) 0% Chance of Red Pups Black Male (non-red carrier) BB  
  Black Female (red carrier) Bb B B  
  B BB (25%) BB (25%)  
  b Bb (25%) Bb (25%)  
           

 

The pups will each inherit a dominant "B" for black from their father. The father has nothing else to donate. Red AKK result from a straight ("homozygous") pair of recessive "b's" for red.  In a large sampling, statistically 50% of the pups will be Black BB (non-red carriers like their father) and 50% will be Black Bb (red-carriers like their mother).  In any particular litter though, it is possible for all pups to be either BB or Bb.  Remember that what it really is, is that each puppy has a 25% chance of being Red Factored.  Not necessarily that 50% of the puppies will be.


 
           
  Black x Black (red factored ancestors on both sides) EXAMPLE ONE 0% Chance of Red Pups Black Male (non-red carrier) BB *even though there is a red factored dog in the pedigree the dog does not carry the recessive red gene  
  Black Female (red carrier) Bb B B  
  B BB (25%) BB (25%)  
  b Bb (25%) Bb (25%)  
           

 

The pups will each inherit a dominant "B" for black from their father.  Red AKK result from a straight ("homozygous") pair of recessive "b's" for red.  In a large sampling, statistically 50% of the pups will be Black BB (non-red carriers like their father) and 50% will be Black Bb (red-carriers like their mother).  Again each puppy has a 25% chance of being Red Factored.


 
           
  Black x Black (red factored ancestors on both sides) EXAMPLE TWO 0% Chance of Red Pups Black Male (red carrier) Bb   
  Black Female (non-red carrier) BB B b  
  *even though there is a red factored ancestor, the dog does not carry the recessive red gene B BB (25%) Bb (25%)  
    B BB (25%) Bb (25%)  
           

 

The pups will each inherit a dominant "B" for black from their mother.  Red AKK result from a straight ("homozygous") pair of recessive "b's" for red.  In a large sampling, statistically 50% of the pups will be Black BB (non-red carriers like their mother) and 50% will be Black Bb (red-carriers like their father). 
 

           
  Black x Black (red factored ancestors on both sides) EXAMPLE THREE 25% Chance of Red Pups Black Male (red carrier) Bb   
  Black Female (red carrier) Bb B b  
  B BB (25%) Bb (25%)  
  b Bb (25%) bb (25%)  
           

 

Half of the pups will each inherit a dominant "B" for black from their mother. (25% + 25%)
Half of the pups will each inherit a dominant "B" for black from their father. (25% + 25%)
25% of the pups will be Black BB (non-red carriers)
50% of the pups will be Black Bb (red carriers like both of their parents)
25% of the pups will be Red bb (matched pair of recessive "b's" for red). 

The percentages are representative of what should be expected over a very LARGE sample.  It is possible for the litter in Example Three to include NO red pups and NO red-carriers.  Unlikely, but possible.  Just as it is theoretically possible, but not at all likely, for the Example Three mating to include ONLY red pup.  As we have very small litters in our breed, this is only what is likely.


 
           
  Black x Red (red factored ancestors on one side  Red dog on the other) 50% Chance of Red Pups Red Male bb  
  Black Female (red carrier) Bb b b  
  B Bb (25%) Bb (25%)  
  b bb (25%) bb (25%)  
           

 

Each puppy would have 50% chance of being red.  All the sire has to donate is red and the female has a fifty-fifty chance of donating red factor or not red factor.


 
           
  Black x Red (NO red factored ancestors on one side  Red dog on the other) 0% Chance of Red Pups Black Male BB  
  Red Female (red carrier) bb  
  b Bb (25%) Bb (25%)  
  b Bb (25%) Bb (25%)  
           

 

No puppies would be red in this breeding.  The sire has no red factor to contribute and the dam has nothing but red factor to contribute.  So each puppy would carry the red gene but would not be red although one of the parents are. 


 
           
  Red x Red  100% * Chance of Red Pups Red Male bb  
  Red Female (red carrier) bb  
  b bb (25%) bb (25%)  
  b bb (25%) bb (25%)  
           

 

*This example can be misleading.  You would expect each puppy to be red.  But to throw a wrench into this example.  You could also have a white dog with a liver nose.  White in our breed is not always a color but a pattern, or should I say Lack of Pattern.  So you could have a white dog that if tested the color tested would show red.  You would know the difference because of the Brown/Liver points as opposed to the Black points.  



 

 

Some of this information was used with permission from the "Colors of the Siberian Husky" website - www.huskycolors.com


We do transport puppies but not by postal service. 
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This site was last updated 07/29/12

 

 
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