Are white tigers a genetic disorder?

  1. purnimamoh1982 profile image78
    purnimamoh1982posted 5 years ago

    Are white tigers a genetic disorder?

    A question for the scientific community. In several places white tigers are considered an excellent collection in the zoos. Someone told me that they are a genetic disorder. Any remarks?

  2. Swinter12 profile image69
    Swinter12posted 5 years ago

    The white tiger is in fact a genetic anomaly (disorder) called Leucism, being it the result of a  recessive gene, which confers the white tiger its white coloration. This means that both parents have to carry the "white gene," in order to be able to produce white tigers (even then, there is only a possibility of white cubs being born).
         The white tiger is a mutant and a true rarity. Moreover,  the the lack of coloring leaves them in a disadvantageous position, since the orange fur combined with the black stripes gives them the ability to camouflage when hunting.