The fjord horse is a medium sized draft horse from Scandinavia. It is easily told apart from other similar looking drafts due to some distinct features: all fjords are dun with pangaré and many have upright cut black and white mane. Some fjords also carry the cream gene.

After living many years in isolation in Norwegia, they're perfectly conditioned to withstand harsh elements. The breed might not be large, but they're tough and strong horses. They can be used for heavy tasks such as ploughing and pulling trees. However they also do well as riding-horses or for driving carriages. The fjord is known for its friendliness, but also because of their stubborn character.

Colour genetics

All fjord horses carry two copies of the dun and probably also of the pangaré genes. Some also carry the cream gene. Possibly not all versions of agouti are present in the population.

It's a tradition to use the Norwegian definitions to define the colours of fjord horses. The society names 6 different colours, but accepts only 5. A small white star is accepted, but not desired.

Norwegian names

  • ‘Brunblakk’ = Bay Dun, more than 90% of all fjords show this colour
  • ‘Rødblakk’ = Chestnut Dun
  • ‘Grå’ = Grullo/a, and/or grullo + 1 cream allele
  • ‘Ulsblakk’ = Bay Dun with 1 cream allele
  • ‘Gulblakk’ = Chestnut Dun with 1 cream allele
  • ‘Kvit’ = Any of the top three with two cream alleles. These nearly white horses with blue eyes are often not desired.

Horse Reality

All Fjords are homozygous for dun and pangaré. The cream gene is present in low numbers. 

There is only one agouti allele in Horse Reality's fjord horses. At this moment the genetics are set to ‘bay’, but may change to ‘wild bay’ if geneticists know more. At this point there are no seal brown fjords in Horse Reality.

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