This is a twenty week old english angora buck that is for sale at a farm down by my Mom's place. I was thinking it would be nice to have an unrelated buck to mate to a few of our does. I think what I'd like is a tort (ee gene) or a dilute bunny (dd) to get some "interesting" colors into our bunnies. The lady that has the buck said she didn't know what color to call him so that got me thinking. I asked to see some photos of his mum and dad. His mother is a pearl- her parents were both torts so she must carry the ee or tort gene. However, she doesn't look like a tort! Digging back into her pedigree a bit I found that one of her grandparents was a chinchilla, so evidently she inherited the chl gene. The wee bucks father is a blue tort. From a long line of torts...but wait- there is a pearl in there as well.
I emailed Betty Chu and asked for her opinion...she says he is a chocolate tort. She was reticent on all my other questions however. I'm assuming that the chl gene has lightened things up a bit - he isn't a very dark chocolate and his body fiber is almost white instead of the creamy tort color. Would he pass along his chl gene and lighten all his offsprings coats without passing on the dd or dilute gene that he likely carries (there are blues and lilacs on both sides of his lineage)? He's cute isn't he??