Hairlessness / Naked Foal Syndrome (NFS) in the Akhal-Teke

Ongoing research project, Contact: Prof. Tosso Leeb

Hairless Akhal-Teke colt (Photo: Nadja Tarasova)


Hairlessness or Naked Foal Syndrome (NFS) is a monogenic autosomal recessive trait in the Akhal-Teke breed. Reports on affected foals date back to 1938. Together with the National Stud in Avenches and international collaboration partners we identified the causative genetic defect for this trait. A scientific publication is in preparation. Genetic testing is now offered by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California in Davis (UC Davis).

Gentetic testing (UC Davis)


Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), University of Bern, and Agroscope