The Genetics of Champagne Coloring

The champagne gene is a dominant dilution gene, first documented in 1996 by Philip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD, of Virginia Tech and Ann Bowling, PhD, of UC Davis. Prior to this the champagne gene was often misidentified. Many champagnes were mistakenly called "pumpkin-skinned palominos" due to their mottled skin and golden coloration. However, the champagne gene is distinctly separate from the

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