I'm up late - can't sleep and just surfing through all the forums. I'm not a breeder but I have a Microbiology degree and I understand what you're talking about. If you want to know feel free to ask. To see the crosses you make a grid four across and four down. One parent on top one parent down. Two letters per box. Eggs and sperm carry half of the parent's genetic information so each egg/sperm will carry one gene for each color - one "B" and one "E". It's like an office football score card - match them up one from the top and one from the side. This is the edit of the correct way to do it. Fancy is BBEE and the stud is bbee. The four possible combos in the boxes across the top are BE,BE,BE,BE and the four possible combos on the side for the stud are be,be,be,be. You get sixteen possibilities. In this case the only possibilities are BbEe. All the puppies will be BbEe only and that is a puppy with dominant black and dominant E genes. Since black is a dominant color it would be expressed most with some influence from E to give a shade variation. If you breed a BbEe dog with a bbee the combos across the top are (BE,bE,Be,be) and the ones down the side are (be,be,be,be). The sixteen results are BbEe-4, Bbee-4, bbEe-4, bbee-4. I think that's right - it's been a while :?