The broken gene is what causes bi-color patterning, which is always white with about any color. However, when the broken gene En is combined with the harlequin gene–e(j)–you get tri-color. For more information on the broken coloration, here is a great article on it by a Mini Lop breeder in Oklahoma.

Butterfly Pattern

Charlie Pattern


Black/Orange Tri-Color

Harlequin Gene

The harlequin gene–e(j)– seperates the orange pigment and black pigment to create different patches of color.

Black Harlequin                      Blue Harlequin

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