The most commonly asked question or you can say the biggest confusion about ferrets are “How many Types of Ferrets are there?”, and “Are there breeds in ferrets?” Recently we came across the ferrets, how cute are they! And there are many people who like keeping them as a pet.
Before getting a pet, we should know all the information about the animal — no matter whether it is a normal pet or an exotic pet. Dogs have many breeds the same is with cats and other animals too, without having the proper information about the breed of the animal you may end up with a wrong pet. And that can affect both you and your little pet.
So the answer is here, No there are no breeds in ferrets. They do not have any. They are differentiated with their fur coat color and patterns on it. So we have come up with this article. In this article, you will get the information on Different Types of Ferrets (i.e., its colors and patterns).
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Different Colors in Ferrets
- Albino Color
Albino ferrets have pink or red-colored eyes, and their fur is of white or cream color. Their nose is also of pink color. The color of its coat makes them look attractive and easy to locate even in dark places. They are often kept as therapy pets for older people or kids.
- Black Color
Black ferrets have black eyes with a white undercoat and black-colored guard coat. Its nose will always be dark brown or black.
- Black Sable Color
Black Sable ferrets have black or almost black color eyes and nose with speckled or solid black color. The fur coat is a little bit darker than a black ferret. The thing that differentiates them is their white mitts, and sometimes they have white bibs too.
- Cinnamon Color
Cinnamon ferrets are very rare. They have beige, deep red or brownish pink color nose. Their undercoat is of white or golden color while guard coat is of reddish-brown color.
- Champagne Color
Champagne ferrets have light brown colored guard hair, and the undercoat is of white or cream color. Their eyes are from light to burgundy color. The nose colors vary from beige, pink or pink with brown in a T-shape
- Chocolate Color
They have milky brown guard hairs with the white color of undercoat. The color of their eyes is black, but sometime it may look like ruby red color. The nose of these ferrets varies from pink to brown and has a ‘T’ outline in some of them.
- Dark-Eyed White (DEWs) Color
They are the same has albinos with white or creamy fur. The difference is in their eyes. Dark-eyed White ferrets are also known as DEWs. These types of ferrets have dark eye colors like black or dark blue while albinos have pink or red-colored eyes.
- Sable Color
The most commonly seen ferret is Sable. They can be found in any pet store across the country. The feature of sable includes the rich brown colored guard coat and white, creamy or golden colored undercoat. They have black eyes. Their nose is speckled or solid with the pink or brown color.
Different Types of Patterns
Among these patterns, we haven’t mentioned about Mutt pattern but let us tell you one thing, only this type of patterned ferret has not a specific color pattern and can have multiple fur colors.
- Blaze Pattern
This Pattern can have a coat of any color other than white color. It has a long white blaze stretching from the upper part of the head to the back of the neck. The color of the eyes varies from red to the brown, nose is pink, and the feet have white tips with a white-tipped tail. Mitt Pattern
- Mitt Pattern
Mitt patterned ferrets have a coat of any color but not white, and they will have a white bib and feet.
- Panda Pattern
As its name suggests, panda-patterned ferrets look like a teeny tiny panda. It has a contrasting color on the head and body. They have small colored rings around their eyes, and the overall shape has darker colors.
- Point Pattern
They can be of any color except white. They are called point pattern as they have a different color of the fur on some points. They have a V-shaped mask and light-colored nose.
- Roan Pattern
This pattern can be found in every color of ferret except white. This pattern highlights half of the guard hairs are white, and the rest is the actual color of a ferret.
- Solid Pattern
This means there would be no white color in guard hairs. It will be of a single color from head to toe.
- Standard Pattern
This is similar to the solid pattern, but with the lighter shade of coat and the oblivious points. They will either have a full mask or T-shaped mask.
- Striped Pattern
The striped pattern itself tells the meaning of its. The ferret who has 90 percent of guards hairs as white and there should be a pattern forming (spots, stripes, or sprinkles) with darker colors.
You would have noticed one thing in the above patterns that it has an exception of white color. And that proves that there are no different types of patterns in Albinos or DEWs as they are entirely white.
These are the two things, on the basis of which ferrets are differentiated – color and pattern. Although sometimes it can also confuse which is which one. The reason behind it is because of shedding. As ferret grows old shedding in the coat is seen because of tumor in its adrenal glands, and at that moment it is hard to classify. And as they grow old, they may develop white guard hairs around the hind ends, and that makes them look lighter.
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