Color: Melanistic (dark) mask

Samples Accepted: Blood, Buccal Swabs

Locus Information: E locus: Em

The E locus has multiple alleles.  The wildtype, E, results in a black animal, while Em codes for a melanistic (dark) mask, and Eg codes for grizzle (only in Salukis and Afghan hounds).  The lightest color is coded for by the e allele.

Test Information: This mutation test identifies only the Em allele of the E-locus: a single base change in the MC1R gene that is associated with a dark hair on a dog’s face.

Schmutz, SM., Berryere, TG., Ellinwood, NM., Kerns, JA., Barsh, GS.: MC1R studies in dogs with melanistic mask or brindle patterns. J Hered 94:69-73, 2003. Pubmed reference: 12692165

Further information is available at the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals website.

Test #: D207
Cost: 35 € (excl. VAT)
Time: 7-10 days