ChatterBank1 min ago
Chances of having a ginger baby?
My bf has ginger hair. . .mine is naturally dark brown. Anyway, his dad had jet black hair (apparantly black hair contains a lot of red pigment) which is obv why he was ginger. If I was to have a baby with him, would the baby definitely be ginger? is the gene very dominant or could it be any colour?
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However, I have five children (all with him) and they all have palest blue eyes like him. They all have white (scandinavian type) hair. Except my youngest, number 5, she was born with black hair which went carrot red at about 3 months, now it is still ginger and getting gingera all the time. She has blue/green eyes too.
I guess you have to decide if you want to try 5 times to get it???? LOL!
It really is�mimi! My boyfriends has dark hair almost black and his beard is black and red, his stubble all black. My dad who has brown hair has a brown beard with a lot of red in it, it's grey know though. My brother who has a sort of a blond/brown hair colour has a very red beard. All my friends with beards have at least a red tint to it. As you say, very weird! Wonder if it true for blond men. Well have to start looking myself :)
And how can I live in Denmark and not know a single very blond person with a beard?
Sorry for going off at a bit different tangent commando
You get 23 chromosoms from your mum, and 23 from your dad which makes 46 in total.
Imagine then as two rows of 23 of little balls, next to one another.
The ginger gene (MC1R) sits on ball number 16. Now if the other ball number 16 is a different colour, then it will dominate the ginger gene ball, and the baby will have that colour hair. If both genes are the ginger gene, then the baby will have ginger hair, cuz there is nothing to dominate it.
For a child to have ginger hair, both parents must have at least one ginger gene, to pass down. Now if the parent is ginger, they will definitely pass the ginger gene down. But if the other parent is not ginger, unless they have the ginger gene, the child will most likely not be ginger. But even if the parent does have the ginger gene, it is a 50/50 chance that it will be passed.
How non-ginger parents have ginger kids. Both parents carry only one copy of the ginger gene, with the other ball being non-ginger, so they come out as the colour on the other ball. Neither parents would realise they carried the gene until they have a ginger child.
If two gingers have children, the only possible colour the childs hair can be is ginger, unless the woman had an affair with a non-ginger.
Your bf's dads black hair had nothing to do with him being ginger, his dad must have had the ginger gene on the other chromosome, and passed that one, if he had passed his black haired gene, your bf would have black hair.
To answer your question:
Ginger is recessive. The baby will definitely get a ginger gene from your bf, since he has no other to pass. If you have no ginger genes the baby will not be ginger, but if you do have one (which unfortunately you can't really find out), the baby will have a 50/50 chance of being ginger.