-Ferret Colorings-

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[ fur coloring | nose coloring ]
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FUR COLORING

COLORS, PATTERNS, & MARKINGS

Ferret people have made up many ferret colors over time, but really, there are only four basic colors. The Sable (including chocolate and dark), Albino, Dark Eyed White (DEW), and the silver. All the other crazy colors of a ferret fall right into one of these four categories.

There are also certain patterns and markings that a ferret can have with his color. For example, a sable can be a sable mitt if he has a bib and his feet are all white. That is a pattern. Here are some common patterns: mitt, badger, blaze, hooded, roan, siamese or pointed patterened, panda, and shetland. A marking would be for example a sable bib, which would mean that the ferret has only a bib and no white feet, which is why he couldn't be a sable mitt. Some common markings include white tips at the tail, bibs, white feet, and rings around the eyes.

Common Color Combinations: Sable, Silver, Silver Mitt, Sable Panda, Dark Sable, Chocolate Sable, Albino, DEW, and Hooded Sable.

Believe it or not, some ferrets do actually change colors. Below are pictures of "Zach," who changed from a sable panda, to a very, very, light silver.


DESCRIPTION OF COLORS & PATTERNS

The Two Types of Ferret Hairs - Ferrets have two types of fur. Guardhairs are the hairs that show up the most on a ferret. They are also the longest. The Undercoat of a ferret is the fur underneath the guardhairs. The undercoat protects the ferret from cold.

THE FOUR BASIC COLORS

Sable:The guardhairs are dark in color, ranging from darkest brown to black. The undercoat on the neck, belly, back is cream colored, and it may show through. The tail and legs are the same color as the body, but with no undercoat. The mask is a full band across their eyes.


Silver: There are several different silver patterns. Some silvers have guardhairs that are white and silverey everywhere on the body, and some silvers are sometimes confused with DEWS because some silvers have all white guardhairs everywhere except their tail, which has only a few silver guardhairs. The silver ferret lacks a full mask and usually only has a few smudges of silver around the eyes.


Dark Eyed White (DEW): the guardhairs are all white and the eyes are brown or black.



Albino:The guardhairs are all white and the eyes are red or pink.

PATTERNS


Mitt:This pattern includes white feet and a white bib.



Badger or Shetland:This pattern usually has smudges around the eyes instead of a mask. All feet are white or tipped with white, they have white bibs, and sometimes the knees are white also. This type of ferret is prone to deafness.



Blaze:This type of ferret has a white strip that comes from the face and goes down the head and neck. It also has white feet, bib, and sometimes white knees. This type of ferret is prone to deafness.



Hooded:This type of pattern refers to the ferret with a racoony face mask that extends up and over the head.



Roan:This type of pattern refers to any color ferret that has white guardhairs sprinkled in with darker guardhairs.



Siamese or Pointed Patterned:This pattern refers to the ferret that has a V shaped mask that is darker or lighter than the rest of the body. This ferret also has a line of color running through the length of the underside, this is called a zipper.


Panda:This pattern refers to the ferret that has a white head, reaching all the way down to their shoulders. This type of ferret also has a white bib, belly and feet.



Chocolate: Like a sable, but more chocolate color. Chocolate's have darker feet and tails than the rest of their body.



Dark: Like a sable, but the fur is mcuh darker, sometimes black.



Cinnamon: Reddish, brown, guardhairs. Creamy undercoat.



Thank you to Patty, Michelle, June, Angie, Pandora, Kelly, Imperia, Christina, and Katie for the wonderful fuzzy pictures!

If you have any pictures of your ferrets that show of their fur colorings real good and you would like to let me use them on this page, I would really appreciate it a lot! Email me your ferret coloring pics here. Thanks!

NOSE COLORING

You can also see the nose section here.

Ferret noses come in many different colors and patterns. The different colors are pink, brown, and black. The patterns are splotched, and T-outlined.

Pink Noses: the whole nose is pink.

Brown Noses: the whole nose is brown.

Black Noses: the whole nose is black.

Splotched Noses: the nose can either be pink, brown or black; but it must have splotches on the nose of a different color than the nose itself.

T-Outlined Noses: the nose can either be pink, brown or black; but it must have a T-shaped coloring in the middle of the nose of a different color than the nose itself.

Nose models: Kona, Snaggletooth, Snickers, Smokey, Angel, Precious, Mr Stubsand, Babie, Petie, Muccles, Spike, Sugar, Gibson, Hank, and Duncan!

If you have any pictures of your ferrets that show of their nose real good and you would like to let me use them on this page, I would really appreciate that a lot! Email me your nose pics here. Thanks!