BritneyP wrote:My knowledge of the "Blue" gene is really null and void, but I can tell you that this puppy was the product of two fawn/black mask dogs, Duke, PSA1, NVBK Cert. and Dixie, Sch3. Duke is an A'Tim son and Dixie is an Oscar von Lowenfels grand-daughter, if that helps in your pedigree research. None of the other puppies were blue, and from what the breeder has said, I don't believe his lines have produced any other blue dogs either. Some of the puppies in the litter were actually very bright orange like their dad.
I also forgot to add that, this is what you do after a hard day's training:
Interestingly, enough, for the black gene to come in, there needs to be groenendael mixed in.
pocketpit wrote:Interestingly, enough, for the black gene to come in, there needs to be groenendael mixed in.
I have heard that before but had not read that link so thank you. With Mals naturally often having black masks and overlay I was thinking more in terms of a dilution of that coloring. I however have a limited understanding of coat color genetics. Is that possible or would the dilution factor have to involve the entire coloration of the dog? I'm sure blue Mals are nothing new I just find it interesting that they are becoming more prevalent and wonder why. Thank you for the pedigree databases as well, those should be fun to play with.
TheRedQueen wrote:Great pics...I love seeing happy, happy dogs!
I'm also loving the color discussion...I didn't realize that mals "came" in blue...though I guess, color crops up strangely in many breeds. I've seen blue GSD photos too. I find the color stuff interesting...but I'm not good at the science behind it.
Katrina...there was a black "malinois" running flyball around here, before the owner moved away. Dog's name was Dart, short for D'artagnon. He was strking, but I always wondered how that happened...thanks for clarifying!
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