Leopard Complex (Lp) test now available


The official Leopard Complex test is now available for $25 from UC Davis. A paper detailing the causative mutation is expected in the near future. Congratulations to Sheila Archer, Dr. Rebecca Bellone and the Appaloosa Project on the discovery!

For more information on Leopard Complex, including some older posts that explain how it works together with patterning genes to produce the variety of appaloosa coat patterns, can be found by clicking on “Appaloosa” under the Categories menu to the right of this page.

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3 Responses to Leopard Complex (Lp) test now available

  1. peg4x4 January 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I wonder if the Appaloosa Horse and the Dalmation dog came from the same area……

  2. James L. February 23, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    No. The Nez Perce tribe of the Palouse area (the intersecting boundaries of Oregon, Washington and Idaho) helped develop the color breed. Dalmatian dog breed originated in what is now Croatia. It had historically been a region called Dalmatia (including the string of islands just off the coast.

  3. Sarah James June 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi. I have just bought a new horse who is an appaloosa but I’m unsure what he would actually be classed as (and whether he is also grey). Could you have a look at my thread on this forum and see what you think?
    More photos further on in the thread and I can take more of specific areas if you need them.
    I am leaning towards thinking he the cream modifier and the silver modifier acting on his base colour under the appy genes. What do you recon?