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THE GENETICS OF CHIHUAHUA COAT LENGTH

An simple introduction to canine genetics
and chihuahua coat leagth...

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The length of a chihuahua's coat is determined by two genes. The smooth coat gene is DOMINANT (indicated by capital letters), and the long coat gene is RECESSIVE (indicated by lower case letters).

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The dominant smooth coat gene, if present, will completely hide the recessive long coat gene. So, a dog can be a smooth coat (the dominant gene is expressed, or seen), and have a hidden long coat gene, which it can pass on to the offspring.

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Special thanks to Fidelma Dixie, Pat Witter & Carol Pyrkosz for photos of "Toffee" and "Spencer".

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