OMIA:002280-9615 : Coat colour, albinism, generic in Canis lupus familiaris (dog)

In other species: grass carp , rainbow trout , axolotl , African clawed frog , grivet , Bornean orangutan , American black bear , brown bear , raccoon , Sumatran tiger , hippopotamus , American bison , banteng , taurine cattle , sheep , hares , golden hamster , North American deer mouse , meadow voles , bush rat , Australian dusky field rat , long-haired rat , nutria , gray short-tailed opossum , northern pocket gopher , giant uromys , Arizona pocket mouse , rufous rat-kangaroo , turkey vulture , eastern chipmunk , Campbell's desert hamster , fishing cat , Bennett's wallaby , Golden-bellied Water Rat , western chorus frog , brown desert mouse , Ash-gray Pseudomys , Heath Pseudomys

Categories: Pigmentation phene

Mendelian trait/disorder: unknown

Considered a defect: yes

Cross-species summary: Congenital lack of pigment in all parts of the body. See also Skin colour, albinism, generic

History: Pearson and Usher (1929): "Our original stock consisted of Albino Pekinese and pure-bred black Pomeranians. These albino Pekinese had white coats, the hairs of which contained no pigment granules whatever; the eyes of all of them were characterized by strong red reflex, and marked photophobia. Indeed, on more than one occasion too long exposure to brilliant sunshine has produced something of the nature of a collapse in the dog, who has had to be carried home. The sight of these albinos has varied a good deal, some being so short-sighted that they were apt to run against obstacles, and many, if not all, found difficulty in catching pieces of biscuit thrown to them, which was accomplished promptly by their coloured brethren. This type of albino we shall term the Dondo or White Albino, it is the commonest of all our albinos."

Inheritance: In the results of their extensive matings in their experimental kennel in which albinism was segregating, Pearson and Usher (1929) did not observe phenotypic ratios consistent with single-locus Mendelian inheritance.

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2020). OMIA:002280-9615: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


Note: the references are listed in reverse chronological order (from the most recent year to the earliest year), and alphabetically by first author within a year.

1981 Gwin, R.M., Wyman, M., Lim, D.J., Ketring, K., Werling, K. :
Multiple ocular defects associated with partial albinism and deafness in the dog Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 17:401-408, 1981.
1929 Pearson, K., Usher, C.H. :
Albinism in dogs Biometrika 21:144-163, 1929. DOI: 10.2307/2332555.

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