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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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"