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post #1 of 8 Old 08-08-2014, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Fjord colors

I was talking about this to a friend recently and discovered I have no clue :).
So Fjords are always dun - homozygous dun will take care of that.
But I for some reason always thought that their typical "yellow" color was buckskin dun, in which case there would have to be cremello/perlino duns in 25% of the case too...
Or are Fjords just always EEAAccDD? Maybe with some extra "primitive color" factor that gives them the yellow color and bicolored mane?
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I'm far from an expert on the Fjord breed, but to the best of my understanding, they can, and do carry creme genes



"5 recognized colors of Fjords, from left to right: red dun/rødblakk (chestnut + dun); yellow dun/gulblakk (dunalino: palomino + dun); grey dun/grå (grullo: black + dun or smoky grullo: smoky black + dun); brown dun/brunblakk (bay + dun); white dun/ulsblakk (dunskin: buckskin + dun)." - according to the registry
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^Awesome post. Very informative, and what cute pony butts<3
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-08-2014, 02:07 PM
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Goodness they are the cutest little buggers. <3 So glad that photo was posted, my new OC has a Fjord and I had no idea that there were different variations until now! Thanks Southern Grace!
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There is also Kvit or " White Dun", which is any of the other shades with 2 cream genes added. It's pretty rare in the breed and frowned upon by the registry.
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There is the very rare none dun
Chestnut Non-Dun Fjord | Color Genetics
Black Non-Dun Fjord | Color Genetics
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^ Yes that's bound to happen because dun is dominant. It's just like chestnut Friesians.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-12-2014, 12:53 AM
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If we're being honest, there are 18 colors that Fjords can come in, if you include the non-duns, which are exceptionally rare. They were bred to almost exclusively be brown dun.

It is not yet known what the differences in their genetic make up is that causes such a light colored body with lower black on the legs and such excessive frosting on the mane. Since they are the only breed that exhibits those traits, the research that has been conducted is limited.
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