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Understanding Genotypes/Lineages

Thu Apr 13, 2017, 4:16 PM


WHAT IS A GENOTYPE?

The word 'genotype' or 'geno' for short, is a breakdown of what your Felvargs appearance/markings will look like. Each genotype tells a story, we are going to break it down below to give you an idea.
Below is an example of what a geno would look like:

Sire x Dam
1.) Female - Healthy
ss/cr/Br/bk/Ol/Sd/Tk/Rv/Tt
Brown with Overlay, Shadow, Ticked, Reversal, Tainted
Coat Type: Curly

As you can see the geno offers an array of information needed to design your Felvarg. It will tell you the gender of your Felvarg (Male or Female), the present markings and its coat type. All of this information is important and must reflect the finished design in order to pass through the Design Nook. The Design Nook is where you will submit your finished design to be judged by design approval admins. We are going to break down each section of a genotype below to better help you understand how it works, please read through the journal carefully and ask any questions below.



Gender and Health

The first line of your geno describes gender of your Felvarg (Male or Female) and whether or not they are healthy. In each Build Type PSD there is two folders, one for male, one for female, hide the one that is irrelevant to you. That being said two unrelated Felvargs will only produce healthy pups, how ever if you risk it and breed two Felvarg that are related, the results can be troubling.

Inbreeding can have a disastrous affect on a litter, inbreeding causes penalties that pose health risks and can cause death, infertility, or other health problems. For example, if you roll an inbred litter, you can end up with a result like this:

Sire x Dam

1.) Female - Inbred (Deceased)
ss/cr/Br/bk/Ol/Sd/Tk/Rv/Tt
Brown with Overlay, Shadow, Ticked, Reversal, Tainted
Coat Type: Curly

 2.) Male - Inbred (Infertile)
ss/cr/Br/bk/Ol/Sd/Tk/Rv/Tt
Brown with Overlay, Shadow, Ticked, Reversal, Tainted
Coat Type: Standard

 3.) Male - Inbred
ss/cr/Br/bk/Ol/Sd/Tk/Rv/Tt
Brown with Overlay, Shadow, Ticked, Reversal, Tainted
Coat Type: Standard

Be advised of the risks that come with inbreeding.


Genotype -Phenotype

A genotype/phenotype, this is the list of genetic traits that defines how your Felvarg will look, each one stands for a specific marking. Let's break it down:

 Male - Healthy
ss/cr/Br/bk/Ol/Sd/Tk/Rv/Tt
Brown with Overlay, Shadow, Ticked, Reversal, Tainted - PHENOTYPE
Coat Type: Standard

ss/cr/Br/bk (Silver, Cream, Brown, Black)

Above is the 4 standard coat colors, while all coat colors are present, you can tell this Felvarg is a brown because the active coat color presents as Br, while the rest are carried, but dormant/inactive.

The second line in your genotype is considered the geno. This consists of an abbreviated break down of your Phenotype.

Next, we have what's called the phenotype. A phenotype is the genotype but worded as its actual markings. In this geno, we have Overlay (Ol), Shadow (Sd), Ticked (Tk), Reversal (Rv), and Tainted (Tt). Each letter abbreviation corresponds to a single marking, which you may find on The Nook account, which can be used to break down each marking, and what it will look like. Lets say for example we take this Genotype, ss/cr/Br/bk/Ol/Sd/Tk/Rv/Tt. The physical description of that would be: Brown with Overlay, Shadow, Ticked, Reversal, Tainted, these are the genes that will present physically on the Felvarg. Therefore, this would be the Phenotype.

For another example, we might have a genotype that looks like this:


Male - Healthy
Ss/cr/br/bk/Ol/Hl/Pn
Silver with Overlay, Highlights and Pinto
Coat Type: Standard

Because Silver is presenting as the active, non-dormant coat color, this Felvarg will have a silver base coat! Additionally, we can see by the phenotype/genotype that this Felvarg will also have Overlay, Highlights, and Pinto markings.

The genotype is usually inherited from the parents, but this will not guarantee that the pup will retain the same markings. Although breeding two Felvargs with the same markings will increase your chances. When you breed two Felvargs it takes the phenotype/genotype from both parents to produce offspring, the pups produced will have the chance to get markings from either parent, or even both.




Coat Type

The fourth line of a genotype determines coat type. There are twelve different coat types:

Standard (Common), Short, (Uncommon), Silk (Uncommon), Arctic (Uncommon), Shaggy (Uncommon), Wooly (Uncommon), Rugged (Rare), Royal (Rare) Wisp (Rare), Savage (Rare), Satin (Rare), and Curly (Rare). 


Coat type determines which import/.psd file you'll need, as this is another physical factor determining what your Felvarg will look like. Some coats are rarer than others, and like markings, the best way to ensure your best chance at the coat type you want is to breed two Felvargs of the same coat type together. Breeding a Curly coat with a Savage coat with have the ability to toss either, as well as any coat type with a lesser rarity.




Build Type

Felvarg's come in four different variations: Standard builds, Titan builds, Brute builds, and Dwarf builds.

Template Download: Standard Build (GOOGLE DRIVE) by TheNook Template Download: Titan Build (GOOGLE DRIVE) by TheNook Template Download: Brute Build (GOOGLE DRIVE) by TheNook Template Download - Dwarf by TheNook



Lineage

On your imports, you'll be asked to fill out the Lineage form, Lineage is the ancestors of your Felvarg, it will include each parents and then part of their lineage as well. Lets start with showing you what a blank lineage form looks like, then we will break down how you fill it in correctly.

Lineage:

------------------------------------------ SSS:Unknown

----------------- SS: Unknown

------------------------------------------ SSD: Unknown

Sire: Unknown

------------------------------------------ SDS: Unknown

----------------- SD: Unknown

------------------------------------------ SDD: Unknown

------------------------------------------ DSS: Unknown

----------------- DS: Unknown

------------------------------------------ DSD: Unknown

Dam: Unknown

------------------------------------------ DSS: Unknown

----------------- DD: Unknown

------------------------------------------ DDD: Unknown

While it might look daunting, this is pretty easy to do. You start with the parents of your Felvarg, putting the links in for Sire (father) and Dam (mother). Those should look something like this:


------------------------------------------ SSS: Unknown

----------------- SS: Sire's father import here

------------------------------------------ SSD: Unknown

Sire: Sire's import here

------------------------------------------ SDS: Unknown

----------------- SD: Sire's mother import here

------------------------------------------ SDD: Unknown

------------------------------------------ DSS: Unknown

----------------- DS: Dam's father import here

------------------------------------------ DSD: Unknown

Dam: Dam's import here

------------------------------------------ DSS: Unknown

----------------- DD: Dam's mother import here

------------------------------------------ DDD: Unknown


Then, you fill out the rest of information the same way, working up from the parents (first line) to the grandparents (second line), to the great grandparents (third line). If your Felvarg doesn't have a set of ancestors listed, then leave it 'Unknown'! Remember when linking to the import images that they are linked, and not the full image.

Lineage is particularly helpful when looking for potential breeding partners, as you can easily tell if two Felvargs are related when looking at their lineage and comparing names. This way, accidental inbreeding can be kept at a minimum. That being said if you don't list you are okay with inbreeding in your breeding application comment, it will not be rolled if inbreeding is present.

We hope this guide gave you some insight on what exactly a Genotype is!



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