Genetics Project - The Inheritance of Coat Color in Labrador Retrievers

Students determine if chocolate puppies can be bred from black lab parents. Favorite Biology Project of All Time! Check out the PREVIEW for more details.
Inheritance of Coat Color in Labrador Retrievers has been the all time favorite project of my Biology students for over 10 years and I’m sure your students will love it, too! It’s a real-world scenario about inheritance patterns in one of America’s favorite dog breeds. Students will assume the role of a genetic counselor and use what they’ve learned about patterns of inheritance, Punnett squares, and Mendel’s Law of Independent Assortment to advise two dog breeders who want more chocolate puppies. The concept of epistasis will also be introduced; a topic most students don’t learn until AP Biology.