Black Diamond Kits

Black Diamond Kits
Sage's Kits, Nine Weeks Old

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The D Gene

D stands for dense.  Dilute is represented by d.  As with all genes, the capital letter indicates the dominant gene; the lowercase letter stands for the recessive gene. 

A rabbit that is DD or Dd has dense color, as in black or chocolate.  A rabbit that is dd has a dilute base color, as in blue or lilac. 

If you breed two rabbits that have dilute base colors, they will never produce offspring that are black- or chocolate-based.  If you breed two rabbits, at least one of which is DD, those two will never produce blue or lilac offspring. 

So far, we have covered the A, B, and D genes.  Three more to go.

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