Mintern's Apache Von Snowcloud
A mutation in the KIT gene has been found to be the source of the dominant
white spotting pattern known as Panda that occurs in a line of German Shepherd
dogs. This mutation is very recent as it appeared spontaneously in a female born
in 2000. The Panda pattern is characterized by symmetrical markings of white
forelock, muzzle, chest, ventral abdomen, collar and tip of the tail. The amount
of white can vary from dog to dog. In the homozygous state, the Panda mutation
is considered an early embryonic lethal as no live dogs with the pattern and
with 2 copies of the mutation have been observed. Heterozygous (1 copy of the
mutation) dogs do not have any health defects associated with this pattern.
A study published by UCDavis in 2016 found that the panda marking is the
result of dominant mutation of the KIT gene, or the CD117 gene.
The first ever recorded Panda was a result of breeding two German Shepherd dogs by Cindy Whitaker
Brain vom Wölper Löwen SCHH III, the sire, was registered with the German
Shepherd Club Of Germany.