Dr. van Haeringen Laboratorium B.V.

K314 Coat Colour Albino


"During the last decades, a large number of scientific publications have described the genetic principles of coat colour and coat variation. Coat colours and coat variations are influenced by many hereditary factors. The DNA-tests are based on physiological effects in the body, in which the production and distribution of pigments result in many coat colour variants. In several cases, the coat colour of an animal may only be decided using DNA-tests. Albinism is characterized by a lack of pigment in hair, skin and eyes and can occur in variable forms. At first, it was shown that the Siamese and Burmese coat patterns are controlled by the gene TYR (tyrosinase) which produces an enzyme that is required for melanin production. This gene is also known as Color gene or C-locus. Complete albinism in cats was hypothesized to be caused by an additional allele at TYR, contributing to the allelic series at the colour (C) locus: C (full colour) > cb (burmese) > cs (siamese) > c (complete albino). In 2006 the c-allele was identified in exon 2 of the TYR gene. It is a cytosine deletion and shows an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. "

Test specific information

Detailed information about Coat Colours and Coat Variation is presented at www.combibreed.com.


Most coat colours and coat types are usually visible directly after birth.

Turn Around Time

The turn-around-time of a test depends to a large extent on the logistics of sample transportation to the laboratory. After receiving the sample at the test location, you can normally expect the result within 10 working days. A longer delivery time applies to tests carried out by a Partner Lab.

Location of disease or trait

Genetic factors influencing coat colours and coat types are usually visible on the outside of an individual. Several factors may be hidden by the external variation.

Breed dependence

This DNA test is available for the following breeds: Domestic Short Hair. Additional information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Sample type

For this DNA test we accept the following materials: Blood EDTA, Blood Heparin, Semen, Swab, Tissue. Please contact Dr. Van Haeringen Laboratorium if you wish to submit other material as listed.


Coat colours are based on many genetic factors. For each factor, a separate test result will be returned.


Various genetic factors influencing coat colour and coat types are inherited in a dominant or recessive mode. Coat colours are influenced by a large number of genetic factors.

Severity of Disease

Factors influencing coat colour and coat types are usually not related to diseases.

Code K314

Coat Colour Albino

€ 47,80 (Incl. 21% VAT)
€ 39,50 (Excl. VAT)