Now that I’ve done a few of these I can start making some weird pairings to see what happens. Appearance is based on genes chosen by a random number generator and
Theoretical Dog GeneticsWhen I was a kid I can remember being confused by the logic of dog genetics presented in cartoons. When two different looking dogs had puppies, the boy puppies looked like the dad and the girl puppies looked like the mom. I can only guess that this lack of originality was an attempt to cash in on the new character's resemblance to an older character that had already won people over, but where's the fun in that? Being the animal nerd that I am, I resolved to give myself a way to design a realistic yet varied guide to prevent such blandness. This is meant to accompany the visual guides I have already created, as a way to give a character a theoretical genetic makeup to determine color, pattern, and coat type.
How to use
Much of this has not yet been proven in studies with real dogs, so if you want to learn more about a real dog's coloring it is useful to research the specific breed or likely breeds that are in the dog's background.
Each locus is a spot which can hold two possible