Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Yes, the dog is a liver sable.
The dog's color is sable. (Technically, sable is a color, not a pattern.)
Liver is a dilution of black pigment caused by a recessive set of genes located in a different spot of the genetic code from those for color (or "pattern'). It turns all black pigment, in hair and skin, to a chocolate brown color.
Yes, at least one parent had to be sable to produce sable since it is the most dominant of all of the colors, so any dog who carries a sable gene will express that sable gene and be sable. Then both parents had to carry at least one copy of the liver dilution and this dog inherited one copy from each parent. The parents didn't necessarily need to be liver, as being recessive they can carry it and not express it, though of course one may well have carried two copies and then would express it as being liver him/her self.
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