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Canine Coat and Nose Color Testing

C128-Canine Coat and Nose Color Test


Presence of black and black-and-tan colors, and lack of mask.
The wirehaired Belgian Shepherd is the Laekenois. It is typically sable in coat color, although some still carry the allele for black-and-tan or black. Therefore, they can be either ay ay or ay at or aya. Therefore, if two dogs that both carry either an at or a allele are mated together, some black-and-tan or black pups could occur. Sable in Laekenois is used to denote a predominance of reddish hairs with occasional solid black hairs interspersed. The number of black hairs can vary tremendously, probably under the control of another gene which has not been determined yet. The shade of red can also vary from cream to deep red. This is under the control of yet another gene which we are still searching for.
DNA testing to detect the presence of the at or a allele in Laekenois that are sable, allows breeders to better predict the colors of pups from particular matings. Although many Laekenois have a melanistic mask and are therefore Em Em, many do not and are EE. The absence of a mask can also be predicted using DNA tests.

Please select the color of your dog to determine possible genotypes:
Genotype Main Color Nose Color Hidden Color
EEayay sable na none
EEayat sable na black-and-tan
EEaya sable na black
EmEmayay sable with mask na none
EmEayay sable with mask na lack of mask
EmEmayat sable with mask na black-and-tan
EmEayat sable with mask na black-and-tan, lack of mask
EmEmata sable with mask na black
EmEaya sable with mask na black, lack of mask
Any single tested allele - $%5.00*
Each additional allele - $20.00*
* subject to HST for Canadian residents only.

Note: Mask gene (Em) is considered as an individual test, separate from other alleles in E locus.

To help you to calculate the proper amount, please review the following example:
Testing for 3 alleles - E, B, and D - should be calculated as $55 + $20 + $20 = $95.00.
The price will be automaticaly calculated during the process of ordering a sample collection kit.
The following sample(s) can be submitted for the testing:
1. Blood sample in a lavender top tube.
2. Cheek swabs. Sample collection kit online: Order a Sample Collection Kit
Test results are usually available in 10 Business Days from the moment the samples arrive at the laboratory. Test results can be reported by e-mail, fax, or by phone.
HealthGene will provide a certificate for each test result.