Designing: Bleaching

Created: 5 March 2021, 11:59:13 UTC
Last updated: 3 October 2023, 04:39:26 UTC





• Bleaching is a soft, patchy lightening of the base coat.
• Be careful that bleaching does not have the same "cloudy edges" effect that fading does.
• Bleaching may not have holes/freckles erased into it like roan. It must be a solid blanket.
 In your ketucari's genotype, bleaching is denoted by the letters "nBl" (heterozygous) or "BlBl" (homozygous).
• In its heterozygous form, bleaching has a pass rate of 50%. Homozygous bleaching has a 75% pass rate.



Bleaching must be a lighter and less saturated tone of the base coat. It is never white. Saturation of bleaching shouldn't go into the gray range unless the ketucari is charcoal, pewter or axanthic.

Bleaching 1 by Matriarchs-Haunt

Ad3ed83b059e3f612c2cf3e59b9b5c53 by Matriarchs-Haunt
This is in an example of incorrect bleaching. Notice that, although the color is a lighter shade of the base, it is more saturated. Bleaching should always be slightly more desaturated than the base.


Since bleaching can appear anywhere on the body, there is no minimum range diagram for it. It may not cover more than 50% of the body or less than 10%.

Interaction with Other Markings

• All markings can be layered under or over bleaching.
• Bleaching may be slightly transparent when placed over other markings, slightly altering their color like below.

Topaz 704 by Matriarchs-Haunt

• When bleaching and the vibrant gene are present in the same ketucari, bleaching can have a slight hue shift as seen in these two ketucari. Be careful not to make the hue shift too drastic!

Fading, Silvering, and Bleaching: A Comparison

Examples by Matriarchs-Haunt
Source 1Source 2Source 3


Here are some small accents you can add to your designs to make them more unique!

• Bleaching may have a subtle gradient, like below. C67a298fb8116020846f54e949db6b25 by Matriarchs-Haunt