Many people used to think that these furry rodents are extremely gray.Now short-tailed chinchillas are bred on special farms. The representatives of this type a strong body, a length of from thirty to forty inches, and their weight ranges from five hundred-eight hundred grams. Short tail covered with stiff hairs.
Common or long-tailed chinchillas are called coastal, and they are still found in the wild, mostly in the high mountains of the Chilean Andes. Rodents differ from their larger relatives smaller (body length from twenty to thirty centimeters) and long, covered with luxurious fur tail. Animals do not weigh more than seven hundred grams.
Important: both of these chinchillas have almost the same gray color, but as a result of breeding with a small long-tailed chinchilla was bred breed with more than forty colors and different shades of fur.
Angora or Royal chinchilla is a subspecies of the common long-tailed chinchilla. As in the case of dwarf rodents, long-haired animals appeared due to a natural mutation, not selective breeding, although chinchilla long fur has long been the ultimate dream of many breeders.
Although the first mention of these animals belong to the sixtieth years of the last century, to fix a standard of Angor was only in 2001.
The fact that their breeding is difficult, as even a pair of long-haired parents can see the kids with the usual short hair.
The appearance of Angor:
- the main distinguishing feature of these animals is, of course, long silky fur. The chinchilla Angora is very fluffy luxurious tail and long fur on the legs and the head;
- from their relatives Angora also has a more flattened and short muzzle which is also called Persian;
- long-haired rodents have a more miniature size compared with conventional counterparts.
Important: the most expensive chinchilla in the world – the representatives of the Angora breed. Their price can vary from one to several thousand dollars. And, the more rare and unusual color in the animal, (blue diamond, violet, black velvet), the higher will be the cost of rodent.
Many people mistakenly think that a dwarf chinchillas are a separate breed, but it is not. Miniature furry animals was the result of a natural genetic mutation and the only thing they differ from their counterparts is the small size. Mini chinchillas small compact body, short legs and a short, fluffy tail. Weigh little rodents are only three hundred-four hundred grams and could fit into the palm of a person.
A few breeders decided to breed dwarf chinchillas because they think it is troublesome and disadvantageous. Cubs mini chinchillas are born the same size as the ordinary rodent, so petite females have trouble during childbirth, and there are cases when they die. Kids these females are born weak and many die in the first days of life.
As for the colors, the palette of colors in small furry creatures, the most diverse and in this they are with their big fellow is no different.
What are the chinchilla: options of colors
In the natural habitats of these animals a lot of enemies and nature itself took care of their survival, giving inconspicuous and low-key coat, grayish color. In fact, thanks to the grey coat furry animals merge with the surrounding rocks, thus hiding from predators.
But since these creatures are cultivated in nurseries and on farms, breeders set out to bring the animals with new colors, bringing the lady appeared with white, black and beige fur. During many years of breeding work were bred to animals with such unusual and interesting colours, like purple, sapphire and white-pink.
What color are chinchilla:
- gray color, which is also called agouti, is considered the standard of chinchillas;
- white color fur with different degree of saturation of color and splashes of pink and beige tones;
- brown color or pastel, which ranges from light beige to rich chocolate;
- black color coats with different depth and saturation of hue;
- unusual and original colors such as purple, sapphire and pink.
Important: the colours of these rodents are divided into dominant and recessive. Considered to be the dominant color, which is manifested immediately at birth of the animal. When the recessive variant of a rodent does not have a specific fur color, but is a carrier of a gene responsible for a particular shade, and at the crossing can pass it to future generations.
Standard grey chinchillas
Grey coat characteristic, for wild animals and for pet chinchillas. But depending on the hue and depth of colour, grey standard divided into moderately dark, light, medium, dark and extra dark.
For rodents having a given color characteristic light grey color fur with a silver sheen. Belly, chest and paws are painted in a light, almost white tone.
This is the most typical and common color of fur animals. The animals coat with a uniform gray tint, but with a lighter color on the belly, legs and chest.
The animals are grey-black coat with a blue tint coat, which has a lighter color in the abdomen and chest.
Chinchilla is painted in a dark grey coat with an ashy shade on the legs, muzzle and flanks. On the belly the coat is bluish-white.
Fur animals has a rich charcoal gray color, passing on the flanks and breast are a lighter shade. The belly is painted in a light beige tone.
Breed chinchillas with white fur
Rodents with white fur look very beautiful and aristocratic.
The representatives of this type of white fur, which sometimes there are blotches of grayish or beige shades. Chinchilla white Wilson can be of two variants: silver and mosaic light mosaic.
White chinchilla of the first type have a white with overflow silver fur and darker fur on the head and base of the tail.
In the animals with a bright color mosaic scattered light grey spots on the white coat and the back of the neck and ears painted with a darker gray color.
In fact, these rodents cannot be called a separate breed. Indeed, among dogs, as among many animals, there are albinos, which are characterized by the lack of color pigment in the genes. In such animals the milk-white coat and red eyes.
Recently the breed, which is characterized by white to creamy color and dark ruby eyes.
Animals with light fur, iridescent beige or silvery shade with specks of saturated grey on the front legs and head.
Pink and white
In the animals milk-white fur, pink ears and black eyes. Sometimes the hair on the back has a pinkish hue.
Animals with beige color
This color is called pastel. The representatives of this breed fur colored all shades of beige, brown and red color.
Interestingly, the fur of animals of this type with age becomes darker.
Animals have a uniformly colored fur light beige, almost sand color. Ears have a pinkish tint.
From the previous version heteromer is uneven color. Coat with beige animals, but the undercoat and the tips of the hairs have a dark brown color.
The coat color of rodents varies from light to dark beige. On the back there is a picture rich brown shades.
In animals with light beige fur, very light ears and black eyes.
Rodents have a rich beige fur and bright red eyes.
The main color is beige, but the back and head animal chocolate color. The belly is painted in a light beige, and sometimes white.
This type is distinguished not by the color of the coat, as the palette of colors of chinchillas ebony presented in a variety of colors. These animals have extremely shining and shimmering, shiny fur.
There are also several variants of ebony, which differ from the standards.
Gameboy (or charcoal)
Considered one of the most rare and precious colors. In the animals of the coal-black fur and black eyes.
For these animals the characteristic dark shining fur, which combines black and gray colors.
In animals the white color coat with a black coating on the tips of the hair. On the legs, head and base of the tail the hair is darker, grey or beige.
Breed chinchillas with dark color
In addition Gameboy, has a rich coat of black color, it is possible to select and breed chinchillas with a dark color, which is called "black velvet".
This is an amazingly beautiful animals that have black fur on back, flanks, head and the tail creates an incredible contrast with the pale belly. The brighter contrast of dark and light fur, the more prized chinchilla of this type.
Rare breed chinchillas
Breeders managed to breed with an unusual and rare color, e.g., purple or blue tint.
Animals have an amazing coat of light purple or lavender color, contrasting with a white belly.Animals light blue fur color with a metallic luster and a dark pattern on the head and back.
Pink and white (beige) diamond
Also very rare and valuable pink chinchilla with pearl white hair. Animal fur streaked delicate pink shade. Ears are pale pink.
Amazingly beautiful, tender and cute animals gained popularity and love of fans around the world. A great work of breeders gave the world the furry creatures with bizarre and original colors. Colors of rodents amaze with its splendor and diversity that only contributes to their popularity among lovers of exotic Pets.