E locus melanistic mask

Summary

Boxers, pugs and some other breeds have typical look that includes a black face with a lighter body or brindling. This is usually called a mask, or a melanistic mask. Masks can be just around the lips, as you might like see in a Rhodesian ridgeback. Larger masks can go all the way past the eyes.

Masks can be seen on mixed breed dogs as well as purebreds.

Masks can also come in more colours that just plain black! If a dog has two copies of a dilute gene their mask will be dilute. The same applies to brown genes: if a dog has two copies of a brown gene their mask will be brown instead of black.

Owners and breeders can test for the mask allele to find out whether their dog has one or two copies of this gene. There might also be cases where white markings can hide a mask.

Order the E locus panel to get a more complete understanding which E locus genotypes are present.

Gene or region and technical reference

Gene: MC1R (causative). Reference: Schmutz et al. (2003)

Reported alleles

n. Test developed using artificial DNA and animal controls.

Em. Test developed using artificial DNA and animal cases.

Panels: groups of tests that are often ordered together

This test is in the E locus panel.

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There is a one-off sample processing fee of $40 per animal plus the cost of your tests.

How many animals are you testing? Discount or society code:


Panels


Colour panels

$24 B locus ... more

$16 E locus ... more


Working dogs

$59 Australian Kelpie panel ... more

$26 Working dog CA (CA panel) ... more

$54 Working dog core panel ... more


Good looks


Coat characteristics

$9 Coat length L (common form) (L) ... more

$9 Coat length L2 (L2) ... more

$9 Curly coat ... more

$9 Improper coat ... more


Good health


Australian Kelpies

$14 Intestinal lipid malabsorption (ILM) ... more


Good looks


Coat colour

$9 B locus brown (bc allele) (bc) ... more

$9 B locus brown (bd allele) (bd) ... more

$9 B locus brown (bs allele) (bs) ... more

$9 D locus dilute d2 (Chow Chow type) (d2) ... more

$9 E locus melanistic mask

$9 E locus red/black ... more


Good health


Multiple breeds

$14 Degenerative myelopathy (DM) ... more

$14 Progressive retinal atrophy - PRCD (PRA-PRCD) ... more


Working dogs

$14 Cerebellar abiotrophy marker (LINGO3) (CA: LINGO3) ... more

$14 Cerebellar abiotrophy marker (VMP1) (CA: VMP1) ... more

$14 Collie eye anomaly (CEA) ... more

$14 Trapped neutrophil syndrome (TNS) ... more

Tests can be in the list more than once when the gene in question has more than one effect. It is OK to select the same test once or more than once, the price is the same.