What will my kits look like?

BunnyTree

In the Brooder
Feb 27, 2018
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I have a broken chocolate buck and a siamese sable doe...does anyone have any idea what the kits might look like? (if I can get them to breed that is!)
 

Bunnylady

POOF Goes the Pooka
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Your likeliest results will be black and broken black, but it is possible that your rabbits are carrying but not expressing a few recessives (like REW) that may surprise you. Do you have pedigrees?
 

Bunnylady

POOF Goes the Pooka
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Nov 27, 2009
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The gene for the tan pattern is dominant to the one for the self pattern. Since your broken is expressing the self pattern, you know it didn't inherit anything more dominant than self, the most recessive gene in its series. Since both of your rabbits are self-pattern colors, all of their babies will have to be self-pattern colors, so no tan-pattern colors (otters, martens) or agouti-pattern colors (chestnut, opal, etc) are possible. Blue is the result of two copies of the dilution gene, so you know this rabbit had to give the dilution gene to her offspring. Therefore, you know the broken has one copy of the dilution gene, and one copy of the gene for full color. The Siamese Sable is expressing full color, but you don't know - it might be carrying a copy of the gene for dilution. If it is, you could get blues or dilute versions of some other colors. Because there is so much you don't know, it's pretty hard to say just what could come from a cross like this - though what you get in the nest box may tell you a lot about what you can expect to see in future litters.
 

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