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Old 07-08-2021, 06:09 PM   #1
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Smile Self research of punnett squares on hamster colourings.

So I decided to do some research to practice my genetic table punnett squares which I haven't done since graduating from my animal care course.

I love doing these and had to study up to 8 by 8 genetic punnett squares when I was a student. I remember studying the coats of dogs which at the time felt more of an impossible challenge (and got 8/8 on the marks after 3 weeks of continuous study), so figured it'd be fun to do it on hamsters!

After a lot of research - finally found out that a beige hamster is one of the rare colourings due to the parent genes needing to be both dark grey and a rust colour (which are also both rare). Which really surprises me as my first female Syrian hamster was in fact a beige when I was a kid! The things you never know unless you research...

No, I am never planning to breed hamsters. But it is fun to know how genes are passed down and would love to know how my little guys got their colourings.

Not only this - I actually have my own website in the making on hamster care so it would be fun to include a page for hamster colours and genetics!
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Old 07-09-2021, 12:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: Self research of punnett squares on hamster colourings.

I remember learning about punnet squares when I decided to go into breeding Chinese Hamsters and at one point Vectis Hamstery had a page on her website with one for Chinese Genetics.

Thankfully Chinese genetics are relatively straightforward as there is currently only the three colours to worry about!
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Old 07-10-2021, 04:49 AM   #3
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Default Re: Self research of punnett squares on hamster colourings.

That’s really cool. I’d never heard of Punnett squares before, most of what I just read went over my head though.

I’d be interested if you’re ever bored and feel like analysing my Tobias (pictured left). He’s a panda but instead of black he has slightly greying, dark brown fur and a distinctive light brown around his eyes and nose.

I wonder if he’ll darken as he gets older, and will Remy too?
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