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The Cream dilution gene is responsible for the palomino, buckskin, smoky black, cremello, perlino and smoky cream coat colors. There are two alleles: Cr and N. Cr is semi-dominant and dilutes red to yellow in single dose (palominos, buckskins, smoky blacks) and to pale cream in double dose (cremellos, perlinos, smoky cream). Cream dilution can have a very subtle effect on black pigment. N is recessive and does not dilute the base color.
Cream Dilution results are reported as:
|N/N||No copies of Cream dilution detected.|
|N/Cr||1 copy of Cream dilution detected.|
|Cr/Cr||2 copies of Cream dilution detected|
Note: The test offered by VGL is specific for a mutation in exon 2 of the MATP gene that is associated with Cream Dilution. Other dilution genes or mutations that may produce coat colors that phenotypically resemble cream will not be detected by the test.