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Dun genes can be present with any number of other color modifiers:

+ Cream
+ Champagne
+ Gray
+ Pinto/Paint
+ Appaloosa
+ Silver

A Palomino plus a dun gene, sometimes called a "yellow dun" or a "dunalino", will look for the most part like a Palomino but often has a distinct darker line down its back, darker lower legs, and the zebra-like leg markings.  On the palest shades of gold, the markings may be indistinguishable, or nearly so. At left, the late stallion Page Bull Parker, who was owned by Sharon Haas.

zekestripe.jpg (29896 bytes)Classy(dunfactor).jpg (58495 bytes)A Buckskin plus a dun gene, often called a "dunskin" or a "buttermilk dun", will usually be lighter in body color than either a regular dun or a plain buckskin, and will have all the dun markings in a darker color. These have one Cream gene, of course.  Left is Nancy Nard's Morgan stallion, Zeke; Right is Carousel QH's mare Me Smart'n'Classy.

Click this thumbnail to see full sized pictureA Champagne plus a dun gene on chestnut sometimes does not show the dun markings very clearly, but the black-based colors do. Grade QH Classic Dun (grulla) mare Little Nikita, left. Deceased AQHA stallion Gold (red) Dun Skips Golden Rush, right.

pearly k nov 2003.jpg (62784 bytes)A Perlino with a dun gene, we find, is usually even closer to "white" in body color than most perlinos, with dun markings in a lighter than usual color, as well. Left is Carousel QH's stallion Merlin's Ice King ("Pearly", for sale), former "cover boy" of the CPEA web site; right is Finally's Mr. Amos, a stunning Morgan stallion.

A Cremello with a dun gene may or may not have visible dun markings.  In some cases, such as this one (OSO X), only breeding the horse will indicate whether the gene is present. Formerly owned by Bonnie Brewer of GA; name of present owner in Denmark n/a.

blanket2.jpg (49299 bytes)Spotted horses with a dun gene should show dun markings on any appropriate place on the body where the white is not present.  White erases dun markings (and all other color, of course) where it is present. This includes Appaloosas.

Grulla (dun on black) plus one cream gene.

Erin Gray of Oregon imported the first-ever Sorraia from the herd in Portugal to the United States.  I saw him in person in September of 2001.  He looks very silvery, like a true grulla, but when she had him tested, he turned out to have a cream gene!  We were very surprised, having supposed the herd in Portugal to be free of cream.  But, here he is -- a really gorgeous animal.  "Sovina"

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