Color Crosses
































The color that unborn foals might be is a common question and is frequently discussed. Color genetics is often used to determine the parents of the feral Chincoteague foals. The below lists the parent colors and the possible foal color outcomes of the cross. There's a section for the base colors and another for the cream dilution. Pinto white markings place themselves over the body color so pinto isn't included with the base colors and cream dilution, but has a separate section. Only tobiano and splashed white pinto is included as it's currently unknown what sabino type Chincoteagues have. Modifiers like sooty and flaxen are not included as their inheritence is not yet completely understood. Whether it's the sire or the dam that's the particular color does not change the foal color outcome. This page only addresses the colors found in the Chincoteague Pony.

For more genetic detail, including probability percentages, use Animal Genetics' Coat Color Calculator. To learn about and see photos of each of the colors click on the links on the left hand side.

Base Colors

Chestnut x Chestnut
-Chestnut

Chestnut x Bay
-Chestnut (if bay parent carries chestnut)
-Bay
-Black

Chestnut x Black
-Chestnut (if black parent carries chestnut)
-Bay (if chestnut parent carries agouti)
-Black

Black x Black
-Black
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)

Bay x Bay
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Bay
-Black

Bay x Black
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Bay
-Black

Cream Dilution

Palomino x Chestnut
-Palomino
-Chestnut

Palomino x Bay
-Chestnut (if bay parent carries chestnut)
-Bay
-Black
-Palomino (if bay parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Palomino x Black
-Chestnut (if black parent carries chestnut)
-Bay (if palomino parent carries agouti)
-Black
-Palomino (if black parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin (if palomino parent carries agouti)
-Smoky Black

Palomino x Palomino
-Palomino
-Chestnut
-Cremello

Buckskin x Chestnut
-Chestnut (if buckskin parent carries chestnut)
-Bay
-Black
-Palomino (if buckskin parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Buckskin x Bay
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Bay
-Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Buckskin x Black
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Bay
-Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Buckskin x Buckskin
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Bay
-Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Perlino
-Smoky Cream

Smoky Black x Chestnut
-Black
-Chestnut (if smoky black parent carries chestnut)
-Bay (if chestnut parent carries agouti)
-Smoky Black
-Palomino (if smoky black parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin (if chestnut parent carries agouti)

Smoky Black x Bay
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Bay
-Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Smoky Black x Black
-Black
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Smoky Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)

Smoky Black x Smoky Black
-Chestnut (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Smoky Cream

Cremello x Chestnut
-Palomino

Cremello x Bay
-Buckskin
-Palomino (if bay parent carries chestnut)
-Smoky Black

Cremello x Black
-Smoky Black
-Palomino (if black parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin (if cremello parent carries agouti)

Cremello x Palomino
-Palomino
-Cremello

Cremello x Buckskin
-Palomino (if buckskin parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if buckskin parent carries chestnut)
-Perlino
-Smoky Cream

Cremello x Smoky Black
-Palomino (if smoky black parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin (if cremello parent carries agouti)
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if smoky black parent carries chestnut)
-Perlino (if cremello parent carries agouti)
-Smoky Cream

Perlino x Chestnut
-Palomino (if perlino parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Perlino x Bay
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Perlino x Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Perlino x Palomino
-Palomino (if perlino parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if perlino parent carries chestnut)
-Perlino
-Smoky Cream

Perlino x Buckskin
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Perlino
-Smoky Cream

Perlino x Smoky Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Perlino
-Smoky Cream

Smoky Cream x Chestnut
-Palomino (if smoky cream parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin (if chestnut parent carries agouti)
-Smoky Black

Smoky Cream x Bay
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black

Smoky Cream x Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Smoky Black

Smoky Cream x Palomino
-Palomino (if smoky cream parent carries chestnut)
-Buckskin (if palomino parent carries agouti)
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if smoky cream parent carries chestnut)
-Perlino (if palomino parent carries agouti)
-Smoky Cream

Smoky Cream x Buckskin
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Buckskin
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Perlino
-Smoky Black

Smoky Cream x Smoky Black
-Palomino (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Smoky Black
-Cremello (if both parents carry chestnut)
-Smoky Cream

Cremello x Cremello
-Cremello

Cremello x Perlino
-Cremello (if perlino parent carries chestnut)
-Perlino
-Smoky Cream

Cremello x Smoky Cream
-Cremello (if smoky cream parent carries chestnut)
-Perlino (if cremello parent carries agouti)
-Smoky Cream

Pinto

If a pinto parent is homozygous for their pinto pattern then the foal will always inherit the pinto pattern

Tobiano x Solid
-Tobiano
-Solid (if the tobiano parent is not homozygous)

Tobiano x Tobiano
-Tobiano
-Homozygous Tobiano
-Solid (if either parent is not homozygous)

Splashed White x Solid
-Splashed White (if the splashed white parent is not homozygous) *blue eyes possible
-Solid (if either parent is not homozygous)

Splashed White x Splashed White
-Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Homozygous Splashed White *Blue eyes guaranteed
-Solid

Splashed White x Tobiano
-Tobiano Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Tobiano
-Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Solid (if neither parent is homozygous for their pinto pattern)

Splashed White Tobiano x Solid
-Tobiano Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Tobiano
-Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Solid (if neither parent is homozygous for their pinto pattern)

Splashed White Tobiano x Tobiano
-Tobiano Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Tobiano
-Homozygous Tobiano
-Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Solid (if neither parent is homozygous for their pinto pattern)

Splashed White Tobiano x Splashed White
-Tobiano Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Tobiano
-Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Homozygous Splashed White *Blue eyes guaranteed
-Solid (if neither parent is homozygous for their pinto pattern)

Splashed White Tobiano x Splashed White Tobiano
-Tobiano Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Tobiano
-Splashed White *Blue eyes possible
-Homozygous Splashed White *Blue eyes guaranteed
-Homozygous Tobiano
-Homozygous Tobiano Homozygous Splashed White *Blue eyes guaranteed
-Solid (if neither parent is homozygous for either pinto pattern)