I want to know how to breed for Dark Patched Pieds. A breeder friend of mine has a DPP Dove female. Unfortunately, he didn't know it was a new gene and he paired it with a male which bred with her. They produced Blacks and Lilacs. Unfortunately, the DPP Dove has passed its breeding time. How can i breed the offsprings of the DPP dove to produce other DPP gerbils.
P.S. DPP is a new gene in Singapore and this is the only DPP gerbil i've ever seen in Singapore.
I belive the dark patched gerbils actually don't pass this along. I gave a Lt. pied nutmeg to a breeder and he was a dark patch, she also tried breeding him with another DP female and none of their offspring had the dark patching. We had read it wasn't going to work but though, why not try.
DP seems to come up occasionally, in spotted and non spotted gerbils, but it is still rare and genetics for this is unknown the last time I had heard.
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its hard to breed dark patched gerbils only because it isn't a gene that can't be bred for. The offspring would have to carry that gene and be partnered with a mate that also carries the right genetics to produce a DP. However, by breeding these two gerbils, you will probably not get a DP right away. it might actually take several generations before you actually see some signs of Dark patching.
I have a breeder friend who believes DP is a "hidden" gene that can produce DP if the mate has the same similar "hidden" genes. She often refers to them as the "J" gene. its very hard to explain, because she puts it in very technical terms, but by using this philosophy, she has picked apart the genes of certain gerbil and was able to breed 2 consecutive litters Of DP gerbils.
I don't know if any of this is true, it is only an opinion but it would be very interesting to see in the near future if someone cracked the code of this mystery gene.