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Finding just the right Champagne stallion for your mare

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An ethical horse breeder will never breed just for color.  Before you pair two horses, ask yourself if you'd want a foal from those two if it came out a plain base color; for example, chestnut.  Ask yourself if it would still sell at a decent price to a good home.  Please don't breed horses that will add to the thousands, if not millions, that are unwanted and neglected.  Thank you.

ICHR expects advertisers to hold to a code of conduct and disclosure. Breed-appropriate testing for genetic lethal or other genetic defect should be performed, and the results included in your stallion listing with ICHR - whether in printed or web form. These tests include but are not limited to:  OLW (frame overo), HYPP, HERDA, GBED, JEB, SCID, or as appropriate for your breed of horse.

Breeders should be familiar with the gene(s) and combinations that result in lethal or severe debilitation in their breeds. Take the time, and ask the hard questions, to be sure that you don't reproduce any of these defects in your precious foals.

The "right" Champagne stallion for your mare

It is a true saying that "a good horse is never a bad color."  But if you want a good horse that also has champagne color, we list here some guidelines to help you achieve that.

First, two important definitions:

  • Heterozygous for champagne: 
    has one champagne gene and one non-champagne gene.

Genes for every trait come in pairs in mammals. 
Most champagne horses are heterozygous for champagne, since the gene is so rare.

  • Homozygous for champagne:
    has two champagne genes.  -- Every foal will be champagne.

There is now a DNA test for the champagne gene.  If there is a doubt whether a particular horse has one or two champagne genes, this test will settle it.  Check with the reputable lab of your choice for more information.

If you have a Champagne mare:

You may get a Champagne foal by breeding either with a Champagne or a non-Champagne stud.

If your mare is homozygous for Champagne (has two Champagne genes), you will always get a Champagne foal of some kind, no matter what color stallion you breed to (100% Champagne.)

If your mare is heterozygous for Champagne (one Champagne and one non-Champagne gene), you have a 50% chance of Champagne if you breed to a non-Champagne stallion, and a 75% chance of Champagne if you breed to a heterozygous Champagne stallion. 

Of course, if you breed any mare to a homozygous Champagne stallion,
                                                                                                      you will get 100% Champagne foals.

If you have a non-Champagne mare:

With any Champagne stallion you have at least a 50% chance of a Champagne foal; but...

...if you breed your non-Champagne mare to a stallion that is homozygous for Champagne,
you will have 100% champagne foals.

Knowing exactly which shades of champagne are possible from a particular cross, and whether other color modifiers such as cream or spotting will be present, requires a thorough knowledge of the parent horses' color genetics, and the ability to do the math required to calculate those percentages of chance.  You may wish to join the ICHR Yahoogroup to ask its knowledgeable members for more information, or for help planning your breeding program (link to join the Yahoogroup list is just below).

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Emailing ICHR:  Horse color questions will not be answered without the horse's breed and registered name, if any.  Due to the extensive research conducted by the ICHR, we are usually able to determine if a horse has champagne in its pedigree by recognizing the names of ancestors we have determined were champagne,
listed in the right column of each
entry in our
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