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Cocker Spaniel Coat Color Inheritance

Black and Brown

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The Bb pair - all cockers have one or the other of this pair of genes which means that all of these dogs are basically black or brown (chocolate) all other colors are color modifiers.B - produces solid black and is dominant
b - restricts (dilution) the black color and produces brown (chocolate/
liver) and is recessive
The B pair of genes are inhereted independently of all other genes inclusive of the A series.

The easiest way to tell if your cockers primary color is actualy black or brown regardless of coat color is to check the color of the nose and toenails if  black the primary color of the cocker is black
if brown the primary color is brown
Disregard toenails that are white 
chart 1B  chart 2B  chart 3B  chart 4B  chart 5B  chart 6B  Recessive Black
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