Spots Before Your Eyes

A Discussion of White Spotting
In the Coat Color of Dogs

By Sherry E. Wallis

Probably more dog breeds have white markings than don't, but the allowable amount of white and its placement have a great variety among them even though the mode of inheritance seems to be the same from breed to breed and has been well researched.

Click to open the PDF file on SpottingThis article discusses white spotting, with particular attention to the Akita. Because it has so many illustrative graphics and is long, it is available for download in .pdf format. If you have Adobe's Acrobat Reader on your computer, you need only click on the the button here to begin the download. 

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For more information about genetics, see the Health and Genetics Section of the Akita Club of America Website and check that section's links.

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