The Various Chinchilla Colors
The natural standard color of the chinchilla is a violet gray color but there are other chinchilla colors. These colors are considered mutations. The standard color can have differences such as a crisp white belly. It should also have a blue hue and a strong veiling. The standard colors are classified into four categories and they are extra dark, dark, medium and light. There are also quite a few mutated chinchilla colors.
Chinchillas are considered rodents and they are native to South America. They are usually farmed raised and grown mainly for their fur. The fur is used to make clothing and any chinchilla fur clothing is very expensive. Many people also choose keep chinchillas as pets. They are smaller animals and they are also easy to take care of.
There are two different types of chinchillas and they are the brevicaudata and the lanigera. The brevicaudata has a stouter, thicker body and a shortened tail and it is currently facing extinction. The lanigera has bigger ears and a longer tail and all domesticated breeds come for the lanigera. There was also a giant type of chinchilla but it has been hunted to extinction.
The most common type of mutating chinchilla colors is ebony. The colors can be black to light gray. It only takes a single chinchilla parent to pass on the ebony gene to the offspring. Ebony chinchillas do not have a white underbelly area. It will have a shiny similar color all over the body. The ebony chinchilla also has a blue hue and strong veiling but these types of chinchilla can take longer to reach maturity than other types. Most chins reach maturity between 8 to 12 months. While ebony chinchillas can take up to 2 years to fully mature.
The charcoal chinchilla is another type of mutation. Unlike the ebony, it takes both parents to with the charcoal gene to produce one of these chinchillas. The fur will be more matte than glossy and when a charcoal chinchilla mates with a brown velvet the result is another type of chinchilla called the char brown.
The black velvet chinchilla is said to have fur that actually feels like velvet. It has a fully veiled face and the color extends to the back of the animal. This type of chinchilla has a white underbelly area and a blue hue that is said to be beautiful.
The homo beige mutated chinchilla has distinctive pink ears and red eyes and it is a very light beige color. The hetero beige chinchilla can be a bit darker in color but it still has the red eyes and pink ears. The ears can also be freckled. Both types of beige chinchilla have a white underbelly and the top coat should have a blue hue. If any type of beige chinchilla is bred with a black velvet, it will produce a brown velvet but it will have a distinctive brown veil. Pearl chinchillas are a cross between the beige and violet chinchillas. The pearl chinchilla is said to have the softest fur.
White chinchilla colors can vary. A pink white chinchilla carries the beige gene. They also have red eyes and pink ears that can have freckles. They can have batches of beige all over the fur and this is known as the pink white mosaic chinchilla.
The mosaic chinchilla is bred with a standard colored chinchilla. They are a lighter color but they have dark eyes and ears. Mosaics can have colored patches or show a distinct pattern of color. The fur can also have a sliver tint. These types of chinchillas are usually bred with black velvets.