Types of Chinchillas: Chinchilla Mutations Based on Color

Types of Chinchillas: Today, there are two types of chinchillas available in the pet markets. These include the short-tailed chinchilla (Chinchilla chinchilla) and the long-tailed chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera). The shorttail has shorter eyes and tail and a thick neck and shoulders. On the contrary, the long-tailed chinchilla has a slimmer body, associated with a long tail and ears. All chinchillas feature a smooth, dense coat of fur that can appear in various colors, including white, brown, or black. These little animals have bushy tails and huge black eyes.

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The chinchilla’s fur is about 1.5 inches long, with white, black, and gray stripes. Chinchillas only have toes on all fours on each foot. These tiny creatures are typically 9 to 15 inches long, with their tails adding another 3 to 6 inches to their overall body length. Their average weight varies between 14 and 21 ounces. These little animals move quickly and can jump over a six-foot crack.

But these chinchillas are further differentiated into hundreds of chinchilla mutations based on their color. So, On this page, we ill let you know with the list of Chinchilla Types and how we recognize them based on their color, physical structure and many other things.

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Common Chinchilla Types & Mutations

There are hundreds of combinations when it comes to chinchilla genetics. Here we will show you some of these mutations.

Read: Chinchilla Feeding Plan Guide

#1 Common Chinchillas/ Grey Chinchilla

The Standard Grey chinchilla is one of the most common pet chinchillas that are available in the pet shop now. They’re sold wholesale to pet-stores all around the globe. The standard fur coat is generally Grey on the face, and back, fading down the sides. Then they have a crisp white belly underneath. Any color besides this is a mutation. These type of chinchillas are found most common in any reputable breeding program. Standards are always going to be needed in the breeding world.

#2 White Dominant/ Marshmallow Chinchillas

Chinchilla type Marshmallow is the dream personality everyone wants with their first chinchilla. Marshmallow is the perfect chill personality for kids and has been super easy to handle by the 9-12 year old girls in my neighborhood that have come to visit.

#3 Chocolate Chinchilla

Chocolate has no gradients or change in color. It is solid 100% same shade of brown everywhere (on the exterior). Dark tans will have a light bib or a light gradient ‘skirt’ around the sides, eyes, face, etc. ..Depends on the lines. Mine have light, some have dark. I’ve found the dark underfurred ones tend to oxidize more quickly. However, you can have a regular hetero beige with no ebony have chocolate underfur, it is all in the breeding. Chocolate is no barring. Extra dark can have slight variations on the barring.

#5 Black Velvet

Black Velvets ( also known as TOV “Touch of Velvet” ) Have very beautiful strong fur. They are masked with a deep black, that extends down their back and sides, which fades to a medium grey and quickly into a crisp white belly. Their veiling takes time to come in, so sometimes they look like dark standards with black masks until their veiling comes in.

#6 Pink White – “PW”

Pink whites are white chinchillas who carry the beige gene. They have pink ears, red eyes, and mainly white fur. Some pink whites are pure white. Others have beige markings and freckles.

#7 Mosaic

A mosaic is basically any mutation crossed with a white. Most commonly when a white is bred to a standard. Mosaic patterns are random. There are special terms for common patterns. A Chinchilla that is heavily marked or marbled is called an “extreme mosaic” because the harsh contrast.

How many different types of chinchillas are there?

There are hundreds of combinations when it comes to chinchilla genetics.

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