Dalmatians are black OR liver, but not both on the same dog – and from this point on, we’re walking into the tall weeds and rely on Dal owners to bail us out. If we have it right, black (identified as “B”) is the dominant color in Dalmatians, while liver (we’ll call it “b”) is the recessive color. Black-spotted Dals who are pure for black don’t carry the liver recessive gene and can only produce more black-spotted Dalmatians. Black Dals, however, CAN be “Bb” – liver-factored, which means that although the dog is black, it can produce livers if bred to another Dal with a liver gene. Liver Dalmatians are always “bb” and don’t carry black, as liver is the recessive color. Liver to liver will only produce more livers, but a “bb” liver to a “Bb” – liver-factored black may produce both colors. We’re going to lie down, now.
“The Circle Of Life” by Anne Zoutsos