Similar to the gene for the colour cream, the gene for champagne causes a lightening of the basic colour. The champagne gene is dominant and homozygous and heterozygous genotypes are almost indistinguishable phenotypically. The basic colours are modified as follows: Chestnut is diluted to Gold-Champagne, bay is diluted to Amber-Champagne and black is diluted to Classic-Champagne. Champagne coloured horses are born with unpigmented skin that develops black spots during the first days of life. In most cases the eyes are blue but darken as the horse gets older.
3-5 days after arrival of the sample in the lab
The DNA test is performed out of EDTA blood or or 20-30 hair roots from mane or tail. Test kits can be ordered free of charge. (order-form). If hair is sent in, possibly the genetic material is not sufficient to run the test. In this case it would be best to send in an EDTA blood sample.
Please send in your sample together with the lab order genetic. Results will be transmitted optionally via post, fax or email. After completion of the test you will receive a separate invoice. Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer. Breeding club discounts apply if a copy of the membership card is sent together with the respective samples. Due to administrative reasons the invoiced price can not be altered subsequently.