Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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Maccabee could be showing the effects of the Agouti Gene, other breeds can have the agouti gene series for color, but in our Havanese it the way it signels the color change that is very unique and is shared by a very small number of breeds mostly northern. There is a Dr. Schmultz who is studing this gene and you can find some of her papers and abstracts online. She is not studying the Havanese just many features of the signeling protein on the brain in different breeds. I contacted her a few months back about another breed and she confirmed, that for that breed to signel like a Havanese was not possible, it was another geneticist that had told me the same thing (we like to be sure). My male havanese Yogi changed to silver and white, so I think the color is spectacular, of course I could be a bit bias. Yogi has a thick strip of black left in his tail the all remaining black is mixed with a white making it look silver.
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