This is stunning DA Remote Control, a half Arabian mare whose and white streaks are probably the result of a somatic mutation!

This is stunning DA Remote Control, a half Arabian mare whose and white streaks are probably the result of a somatic mutation!

This is a pureblood Labrador retirever. The unusual cloring is most likely from chimerism or a somatic mutation.

This is a pureblood Labrador retirever. The unusual cloring is most likely from chimerism or a somatic mutation.

This is a mare whose odd white streaks are probably the result of a somatic mutation. Somatic mutations are the result of a gene that is accidentally switched "off," often resulting in odd patches of color on an otherwise ordinary coat.

This is a mare whose odd white streaks are probably the result of a somatic mutation. Somatic mutations are the result of a gene that is accidentally switched "off," often resulting in odd patches of color on an otherwise ordinary coat.

This is a girl who used to show in my area's mare... everyone always just called it a birthmark, but is it really chimera?

This is a girl who used to show in my area's mare... everyone always just called it a birthmark, but is it really chimera?

german shepherd panda | ve never seen one in person, but they sure do take a pretty picture.

german shepherd panda | ve never seen one in person, but they sure do take a pretty picture.

This dog has the black spot phenomenon on his face.    The black spot phenomenon happens in golden and yellow Labrador retrievers  when dog experiences a somatic mutation that turns the e/e to E/e.  e/e is the genotype that produces the yellow to red coat color in golden retrievers and yellow Labs.  If they had the E/e  or E/e genotype, they would either be black dogs or liver/chocolate dogs.    It’s not a really a birthmark. It’s just a somatic mutation.

The black spot phenomenon attacks

This dog has the black spot phenomenon on his face. The black spot phenomenon happens in golden and yellow Labrador retrievers when dog experiences a somatic mutation that turns the e/e to E/e. e/e is the genotype that produces the yellow to red coat color in golden retrievers and yellow Labs. If they had the E/e or E/e genotype, they would either be black dogs or liver/chocolate dogs. It’s not a really a birthmark. It’s just a somatic mutation.

Calico labrador retriever (caused by a somatic mutation). ~via The Featured Creature

Calico labrador retriever (caused by a somatic mutation). ~via The Featured Creature

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