White to Tan is an agouti pattern. The pattern is not an exciting pattern to get in angora kids. In fact it is probably missed more times than not. How many of you have seen a kid that has an oatmeal appearance at birth. What do you call that color…it looks like oatmeal but that is not a color we register it’s a white to tan pattern. There is another that is almost white but dirty white…also probably a white to tan.
The white to tan can go to a red as well. And it impossible to tell it’s not a solid red. We don’t think twice and register it as red. If you look close at those white to tan red colored kids you may be able to tell there is some dark soot to the color but not always.
We need a place when we see an obvious white to tan its registered as a y to t…Why it’s an educational process. It’s not a life and death deal. If you never see or identify this pattern that’s ok. But you should be aware that there is an agouti pattern that is at the top of the agouti order of dominance that is white to tan.
There is another color that is both a pattern and a solid that is the color black. Black is at the bottom of the agouti order of dominance. That is the recessive or no pattern black. Black is also the most dominant color other than white at the top of the list in dominance. How can that be? Mother Nature just threw a curve ball. It’s true it happens. You cannot tell by looking at them… they look the same. You can tell if you study the pedigrees. I am going to avoid the genetics. This is about how to identify the colors and patterns.
The top of the list of patterns an almost solid or appears to be solid White to Tan the bottom is a solid no pattern black.
If you look at Dr. Sponenberg’s list of patterns you will see that the patterns move from an almost solid light color to a solid dark. This is change the terminology from black and tan to light and dark. That is more meaningful to colored angora breeders that black and tan. We are not going to get very many kids that match Dr. Sponenberg’s patterns in the order of dominance. The patterns on his list are very specific to stripes, location and color. We will have more that do not match those patterns than we will have that match. We will have partial patterns, we will have two different patterns on the same goat. And that’s ok…we are not breeding for specific patterns. BUT… We need a guide so we call the same pattern by the same name.
The generic names that are proposed are similar to what we have been doing but just a little different. We have been using the term badger, dark belly, and black belly, all to describe the same pattern. The proposal is to call them all dark bellies.
The same is true about the reverse badgers light bellies, propose is to make them generic light bellies.
There is a pattern group that is dark on the front part of the goat and light on the rear part of the goat. The reverse of that pattern is dark rear and light front. WE have called them peacocks, mantled, black and white. Propose dark front light rear, light front dark rear.
There is a color pattern that occurs frequently in wild animals, deer, and antelope. The pattern is called a wild pattern. The pattern is a dark red or tan top of the body and a light belly, think white tailed deer. There is a similar pattern that occurs in goats. In goat the pattern can have a dark shoulder strip or a dark head, with a tan or red body with a light belly. In the angoras this can look like a red or tan with a dark head or shoulder…you may not see the lighter belly at all. Propose use wild color to describe that pattern and its variations.
The next pattern would be light cheeks. The true pattern is called red cheeks but in the colored Angora goat the cheeks are light on a dark body with light hair on the ears and can be seen on the body as well.
There is another pattern we see with some frequency. It is the Swiss markings or toggenburg pattern. We have in the past called it a tog. Suggest we stick with tog with the understanding that it is not a Toggenburg pattern, that is a very specifically defined pattern. Our tog is generic for a pattern that has a dark body to the knees and is light below the knees with a light face. The face may or may not have dark stripes.
The spotting description are self-explanatory With the exception of pinto, the term is generally referred to a car name and spotting patterns in horses. Suggest we stick to spotting and express if it’s white or colored spotting whatever color spots you see on a colored body. The patterns can be more extensive by adding flowering frosting and roaning. Keep in mind we are using birth coat patterns.