Characteristic and trait of inheritance

Tobiano is the most frequent paint pattern in horses. Horses exhibiting the tobiano spotting are characterized by white, unpigmented areas with distinct borders that cross the dorsal midline and include at least one if not all of the four legs. The amount of white spotting can vary from very small (penny-size) areas on the lower legs to large white areas covering the entire body. The Tobiano pattern is inherited as a dominant trait and horses with the genotype N/Tob and Tob/Tob develop the characteristic colour pattern.


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Test duration

3-5 days after arrival of the sample in the lab


The DNA test is performed out of EDTA blood or or 20-30 hair roots from mane or tail. Test kits can be ordered free of charge. (order-form). If hair is sent in, possibly the genetic material is not sufficient to run the test. In this case it would be best to send in an EDTA blood sample.

Testing procedure

Please send in your sample together with the lab order genetic. Results will be transmitted optionally via post, fax or email. After completion of the test you will receive a separate invoice. Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer.
Breeding club discounts apply if a copy of the membership card is sent together with the respective samples. Due to administrative reasons the invoiced price can not be altered subsequently.


Please contact our molecular biology team for further questions.

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