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EFFECTS OF
THE CHAMPAGNE GENE

Effects of the Champagne gene on the four basic horse colors:


Base Color

These horses will have dark or black skin in all pigmented areas.
 

With Champagne

These horses will have pink skin with darker freckles in all pigmented areas.

 

X X X
Starting with a red based horse (a chestnut / sorrel) :

Chestnut

RR

  If the red-based horse has one or two champagne genes from one or both parents, it's a Gold. (Occasionally a gold may have a reddish mane and/or tail.)


Gold

RR, Ch_

X X X
Starting with a black based horse with a bay (agouti) gene:


Bay

E_, A_

  If the bay-based horse has one or two champagne genes from one or both parents, it's an Amber.


Amber

E_, A_, Ch_

X X X
Starting with a black based horse with the  (seal) brown (agouti-t) gene:


Brown

E_, At_

  If the brown-based horse has one or two champagne genes from one or both parents, it's a Sable.


Sable

E_, At_, Ch_

X X X
Starting with a solid black horse (without an agouti gene):


Black
E_, AA

  If the black-based horse has one or two champagne genes from one or both parents, it's a Classic.


Classic
E_, AA, Ch_


Genetic notation:  E = black,  e = red;  A = bay,  At = brown, 
a = solid;  Ch = champagne, ch = non-champagne;   __ = any version

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Last Updated: September 06, 2016