Fjord horses are almost exclusively dun with a base colour of chestnut, bay, or black. The cream gene is also present which, when combined with dun, presents as lighter version of the standard colours - buckskin dun, palomino dun, and smoky black dun (which is visually indistinguishable from black dun).
A double dose of the cream gene + dun results in an almost completely white, blue-eyed horse - perlino dun (bay base), cremello dun (chestnut base), and smoky cream dun (black base). This colour is considered unfavourable and is very rare in the Fjord population.
The five "official" and registrable colours in the Fjord breed are called: Brunblakk (bay dun), Grå (black dun), Rødblakk (chestnut dun), Ulsblakk (buckskin dun), Gulblakk (palomino dun). Double dilutes, or Kvits, are not encouraged or recognized. The vast majority of modern Fjords are bay dun, with a scattering of chestnut and black duns and cream duns as a rarity, but in the past, the other colours were more popular and therefore more prevalent.
With the advent of the dun test, a few purebred heterozygous (one copy) dun Fjords have been identified, meaning that there is a chance, however rare, of two heterozygous registered Fjords producing a non-dun Fjord foal in any of the colours currently found in the gene pool. Non-dun Fjords have existed in the past, but now we can provide genetic proof of parentage. The registry currently only recognizes the five official colours, and since the possibility of a non-dun foal is astronomically small, this is unlikely to change. I chose just to commission examples of basic bay, chestnut, and black... for now. 😁
For some reason, I decided to go with a Louisiana theme for my Fjords with a prefix of Southern Gothic and names relating to various aspects of the region.
|Southern Gothic Praline & her foal, Zirondelle|
The first actual Fjord Horde order was for two Show Cobs.
|Southern Gothic Zydeco|
|Southern Gothic Beignet|
The second order was for two Cob Stallions. The second model in this order is still a WIP due to technical difficulties.
|Southern Gothic Boudin|
The third order was for two Cob Mares.
|Southern Gothic Mardi Gras|
|Southern Gothic Métairie|
The fourth order was for two Connemaras. I picked up these and the last order from Miss Laura at Lake District 2018.
|Southern Gothic Étouffée|
|Southern Gothic Bourré|
My fifth, and at this time final, Fjord Horde order was for an Irish Draught. I picked him up with the Connemaras at Lake District Live. Maybe he'll get a Fjord brother in a variation of one of the above colours some day, but I'll let Miss Laura have a break from making Fjords for a while first.
|Southern Gothic Delacroix|
The Horde all together