Researchers have cracked the fur pattern puzzle in dogs and wolves

The coat color of dogs and wolves is genetically determined. In fact, over 300 genes are known to date that can play a role in the development of coat color, as the genetics professor Tosso Leeb from the University of Bern explained to the Keystone-SDA news agency.

The international research team led by Danika Bannasch, professor at the University of California Davis (USA) and visiting researcher at the University of Bern, concentrated in the study on a specific gene that codes for the signal protein called agouti.