ALC Agouti coat colour

charcoal bengal

Bengal cats and Charcoal colour

The foundation cats of the Bengal breed were hybrids of the domestic cat and the Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) (Prionailurus bengalensis). Some Bengals have a darker coat colour and dark face mask and dorsal stripe, these are termed Charcoal. Charcoal colour is the result of the ALC Agouti gene (Apb) combined with the domestic cat non-agouti gene (a).

We can now test for Charcoal colour in Bengals. To do this we need to test for both the ALC Agouti gene and the domestic cat non-agouti gene since Charcoal Bengals are Apb/a, so please tick the boxes for Agouti AND ALC Agouti on the submission form.

Please note - the domestic cat Agouti and ALC Agouti genetic tests are performed independently, you can have either one test or the other or both, just tick the appropriate box(es) on the submission form. If you choose just one test we will only be able to give you the results for that test.

If we have already tested your Bengal for the domestic cat Agouti gene we can perform the ALC Agouti test on the DNA we already have, please just complete the Online submission form for EXTRA genetic tests and tick the box for ALC Agouti.

 

Interpretation of results - domestic cat Agouti test 

Please note - we cannot comment on the ALC Agouti result if we only test for domestic cat Agouti

Test Result Interpretation
Agouti (A/A) Has two copies of the Agouti gene (A/A). Cat will have agouti banded hair
Carrier of non-Agouti (A/a) Has one copy of the Agouti gene and one copy of the non-Agouti allele (A/a). Cat will have agouti banded hair
Non-Agouti (a/a) Has two copies of the non-Agouti gene (a/a). Cat will have solid colouration

 

Interpretation of results - ALC Agouti test 

Please note - we cannot comment on the domestic cat Agouti result if we only test for ALC Agouti

Test Result Interpretation
ALC Agouti (Apb/Apb) Has two copies of the ALC Agouti gene (Apb/Apb). Cat will have agouti banded hair 
Carrier of ALC Agouti (Apb/A or Apb/a) Has one copy of the ALC Agouti gene (Apb/A OR Apb/a). Cat maybe a Charcoal (Apb/a) or a carrier of ALC Agouti (Apb/A)
Does not carry ALC Agouti (A/A, A/a or a/a) Has no copies of the ALC Agouti gene

 

Interpretation of results - Combined ALC Agouti AND domestic cat Agouti tests

Test Result Interpretation
Agouti (A/A) Has two copies of the Agouti gene (A/A). Cat will have agouti banded hair
Carrier of non-Agouti (A/a) Has one copy of the Agouti gene and one copy of the non-Agouti allele (A/a). Cat will have agouti banded hair
Non-Agouti (a/a) Has two copies of the non-Agouti gene (a/a). Cat will have solid colouration
ALC Agouti (Apb/Apb) Has two copies of the ALC Agouti gene (Apb/Apb). Cat will have agouti banded hair 
Carrier of ALC Agouti (Apb/A) Has one copy of the ALC Agouti gene and one copy of the domestic cat Agouti gene (Apb/A). Cat will have agouti banded hair 
Charcoal (Apb/a) Has one copy of the ALC Agouti gene and one copy of the domestic cat non-agouti gene (Apb/a). Cat will have Charcoal colouration

 

Further information

View and print 'Genetic tests for cats: what the practitioner needs to know' from our Feline Update Archive

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