Colour Distribution in the Fur Shaft (C Series)
c-series controls the amount if pigment produced in the hair shaft.
Pigment is the agent which colours the fur shafts, the claws and
the eyes of the
are two kinds of pigment which colour the coats of Dwarfs: eumelanin,
which produces black pigment ( pronounced "you MELL ah nin") and paeomelanin, which produces yellow pigment ("FAY oh MELL ah nin").
Every colour we see in the coats of Netherland Dwarfs, regardless of
variety, is created by eumelanin and phaeomelanin.
the purpose of this
study of the c-series, we will refer to eumelanin as 'black pigment' and
phaeomelanin as 'yellow pigment'. The
great range of varieties we have available is
mainly due to how these
two kinds of pigment are controlled in the fur shaft.
The c-series alleles, along
with the corresponding number of units of black pigment and yellow pigment
produced in the fur shaft is shown in the ladder of dominance below:
Beginning at the top of the ladder, we have the total number of units of both black and yellow pigment that are present in the fur shaft. As we move down the ladder, we notice a declining amount of black and yellow pigment produced in the fur shaft with each c-allele, until no pigment whatsoever is produced at the albino allele.
section of the C series has it's own page.