Post # 1
Since Boyfriend or Best Friend is Caucasian (a redhead to be exact) and I’m Indian we constantly get asked what our kids will look like. While I would love lots of little redheads running about, Boyfriend or Best Friend would rather not have more redheads….issues about standing out made even worse when hanging out my family ha ha. So we turned to our best friend Google and found photos of kids with Indian and Caucasian parents and they look like….regular dark haired Caucasian children lol. So any bees experts on genetics out there?? What are my chances for having little redheads? Bets and guesses are welcome too!
PS Attaching a pic of me and my Red
Post # 3
depends on the dormant and recessive genes that both you and your Boyfriend or Best Friend have. If both his parents are redheads with light eyes, and both your parents are dark hair dark eye, the dark hair/dark eye gene is dominant. There is about less than a 20% chance they will end up with light hair/light eyes 🙂 You would have to be carrying a recessive red head gene to increase the odds. If his parents arent both red/light, then those chances decrease due t the dominant/recessive on his end, and vice versa. My dad is dark skin/hair/eye italian, and my mom is light hair/green eye/pale skin. Both my brohter and I are dark skin/dark eye/dark hair because my dads dominant genes came from both sides. My mom’s mom has dark hair, so my moms light hair dominant gene was a smaller part of my genetic makeup =o) confusing, sorry!
Post # 4
I think really anything is possible. I know four kids that all have red hair and their mom is African American!
Post # 5
haha oh gosh… its so hard to guess! The complexities of dna are so vast that its hard to even really rely on percentages. Me, for example– both my parents have light blue eyes and tan well. I have one eye dark blue, one eye half dark blue/half brown– how does that happen? And neither my brother nor I tan AT ALL! So weird. 🙂
Regardless, your children will be lucky that they will probably get something closer to your skin tone than his. As someone with skin that light I can tell you for sure, it sucks! heh.
Post # 6
All my halfie nieces and nephews look like white kids with dark hair and colored eyes, or like really light skinned indian people. Don’t know about the redhead issue though! Makes me wonder if my kids will have super thick hair like their dad, or my hair (which I’d prefer lol).
Post # 7
I’m an english major and therefore, have no real scientific brain for any of that mess, but I have to say that this is one of the most unique posts I’ve seen on the boards recently!
Post # 8
I don’t think there is a fool-proof way of predicting what your future children will look like. From my understanding darker features are more dominate than others and if I remember correctly, red hair is a recessive feature (hence why there are fewer redheads in the world???). The only safe prediction I can make is your children will look neither pure Indian or pure Caucasian.
Post # 9
You’d have to be a carrier of a red-headed gene, too, in order to have red-headed babies. So if your family history is consistently all dark haired, the odds are pretty low. But it isn’t impossible. You never know, you could have a stray red-headed gene passed down from a great-grandmother and have a passle of red-headed babies. 🙂 I’m super fond of red hair myself, but I know what your Fiance means–all of my red-haired friends hated being called a ginger and all that and a lot of them have dyed their hair.
On a side note, I knew a family in my hometown. The mom and dad both had red hair and they had 5 red-headed children. So they REALLY stood out in our small town. But that’s genetics for ya. ^_^
Post # 10
@Kelly: Thanks for the quick explanation, that really helps!
@ Danielle: Really?? Maybe there is hope after all lol
@ Corgi: Red has half blue/green eyes too! After numerous skin appointments to check out moles and such, he agrees wholeheartedly with you.
@Mishu: This is what I think too. But we both have corkscrew curls (can’t tell from the pic) so we know that’s more or less a definite possiblity
@KMSull: Thanks for the kind words…
@catlady: Too bad there isn’t…I guess somethings you just have to wait on Mother Nature to figure out.
Post # 11
What an interesting question! I know nothing about science, but I’d love to do what Kate Hudson did in How to Lose a Guy… it’d be funny to combine our baby pictures!
Post # 12
it’s really a crap shoot since it’s all up to the dominant/recessive gene mix. there isn’t a real good way to know if you’ll have any reds when you have kids. as a mixed kid, my sisters and i all have different skin tones and even hair textures so the range just between the same family can be drastic in and of itself so you never really know.
Post # 13
I’m no scientist, but I believe it’s all based on dominant and recessive genes. Dark hair/dark eyes are dominant genes, which is why you typically see more brunettes than blondes in everyday life. So it sorta depends on the combined genes of your parents…for example, my dads parents both have dark hair and very blue eyes, and so does my dad. My mom has dark hair and hazel eyes. Both me and my sister got dark hair and hazel eyes, but if my mom had blue eyes too, we probably would have gotten them.
I also believe that some ethinicities have more dominant genes, which is why all the kids on Jon and Kate plus 8 look like Jon and not Kate ;o)
So I would imagine that your kids will likely have dark hair and eyes, but may be a little lighter than you.
Post # 14
There is a thread on here with a website that does that Gator.. but I don’t think it is very accurate!
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
If there are no redheads in your family, it’s very unlikely that you will have redheaded children. But you might have red-haired grandkids!
I’m half Indian and Fiance is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian, so he insists that we might have a blue-eyed child or two. I don’t know about that… 😉
Post # 16
here it is
haha, but like I said, I don’t think it works very well!