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Colors of Chinchillas

The breeds and crossbreeds of chinchillas come in several varieties.
The numerous breeds and crossbreeds also have their own corresponding colors and hues that have been developed out of mutation.
Standard is termed as the natural color of chinchillas.
You can recognize the standard breed through crisp and white bellies, striking bluish hue, and a strong veiling in the chinchilla.
Light, medium, dark and extra dark are the categories of the standard breed.
The standard breed is the only variation that has not been touched by mutation.
Mutation is considered as the origin of the other breeds.
One of the most popular colors that have been developed through mutation is ebony.
This color encompasses light gray to solid black.
At least one of the parent chinchillas should carry the ebony gene so that the ebony mutation can take place.
Gray bellies can be noticed in the heterozygous ebony chinchillas.
For homozygous ebony chinchillas, entirely black coats, including the bellies, serve as the distinguishing mark.
You will also notice strong veiling and blue hues among the ebony breeds.
Entirely distinct from the ebony breed, charcoal is another variety that have been developed through mutation.
One similarity between the two breeds is the existence of homozygous and heterozygous versions.
Charcoal breed genes come in the recessive form.
Its recessive nature implies that this variety can only be mutated if both parents carry the gene.
You can also easily differentiate the charcoal variety from the ebony breed through the former's matte appearance and the latter's glossy image.
In addition, other mutations can also be developed by combining the gene with another varieties gene.
These mutations include charbrown chinchilla.
This variation is developed from charcoal and brown chinchilla.
The mutation noted for the greatest strength is black velvet.
From the face of the chinchilla to the base of the tail showcases an extension of their full veiling.
A crisp white belly and attractive blue hues serve as the distinguishing characteristic of the black velvet mutation.
The term 'touch of velvet' is also used to refer to this variety.
Another variety that exists in both homozygous and heterozygous versions is the beige chinchilla.
A homozygous beige chinchilla can be produced by two recessive genes.
A homozygous beige chinchilla has bright red eyes with pinkish ears.
The heterozygous beige chinchilla, on the other hand, has dark red eyes and freckled pink ears and can be produced by only one recessive gene.
Light, medium and dark categories of the heterozygous beige chinchilla have also been identified.
The trademark white belly and the blue hue coat are evident in both heterozygous and homozygous breeds.
You can also produce another mutation by cross breeding the beige chinchilla with another breed.
If you cross breed beige with black velvet, you can produce the brown velvet.
If you cross breed beige with violet, you can produce the pearl variety.
Other varieties that have been rarely bred include the Sullivan beige breed, tan and pastel, white, violet, sapphire, goldbar and blue diamond.

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