Appaloosa or leopard complex

Why test for Appaloosa?

Appaloosa, also known as the leopard spotting complex, is a justifiably famous equine coat colour. Its spectacular patterns appear as white spotting or roaning in the coat. The amount of white ranges from just a few white speckles on the rump to an almost completely white coat.

Horses and ponies that have inherited the appaloosa coat colour from both parents have a condition called Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB) as well as fewer (or no) coloured spots in the white patches of their coat. Testing for Appaloosa or leopard complex can let you know whether your horse has zero, one or two copies of the gene variant that produces the beautiful appaloosa coat colour.


Purchase equine DNA testing

Price per horse = sample processing ($40) + tests

Coat colour tests

Base coat colours

$9 Agouti (the bay factor) more
$9 Extension (red/black) more

Coat colour dilutions

$9 Cream more
$9 Dun and d1 more
$9 Silver more
$9 Champagne more
$9 Pearl more

Coat patterns

$9 Grey more
$9 Appaloosa or leopard (CSNB) more
$9 PATN1 more
$9 SW1 (Splashed White 1) more
$9 SW2 (Splashed White 2) more
$9 Frame overo (OLWS) more
$9 Tobiano more
$9 Sabino 1 more
$9 W13 dominant white (Miniatures) more
$9 W20 white markings more
$9 W25 dominant white (TB) more
$9 W26 dominant white (TB) more
$9 W27 dominant white (TB, Paint) more
$9 Roan marker more

Inherited disorders

Pure and part-bred Arabian

$14 Cerebellar abiotrophy (CA) more
$14 Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) more
$14 Lavender foal syndrome (LFS) more

Fell Ponies, Dale Ponies and Gypsy horses

$14 Foal immunodeficiency syndrome (FIS) more

Pure and part-bred Friesian

$19 Friesian dwarfism more
$14 Hydrocephalus (Friesian and other breeds) more

Various breeds

$14 Polysaccharide storage myopathy type 1 (PSSM1) more

Quarter horses and related breeds

$14 Malignant hyperthermia (MH) more
$14 Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) more
$14 Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA) more
$19 Glycogen branching enzyme deficiency (GBED) more

Saddlebred horses and related breeds

$14 Junctional epidermolysis bullosa, Saddlebred form (JEB) more

Parentage/DNA profile

$33 DNA profile (microsatellite) more

Remember: most breed societies ask members to test through their society.

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