Know More About Ferret Colors
Ferrets are popular pets with long, slender bodies and predatory instincts. Closely related to polecats, they have a musky scent and sleep for the majority of the day. While they are fairly social creatures, they can also be very territorial, so ferret owners need to be careful about how they introduce ferrets to other pets.
Ferrets are notable for their sleek fur, which comes in two distinct types. Most of the fur that people see are guardhairs, which are quite lengthy. The shorter, softer fur is called the undercoat, and it is closer to the ferret’s body and keeps it warm during cold weather. Because there are two different types of fur, there are more variations possible in terms of patterns of color.
In addition to fur color, ferrets vary in terms of the color of their noses. They may have entirely brown, black or pink noses. Some of them may also have splotches on the nose, with any two color combinations possible, or a T-shape in the middle of the nose, again with the basic nose one color and the T another.
In terms of fur, ferrets come in just four basic colors. Silver ferrets are fairly common and come in several varieties. Because they are so light-colored and often have some white hairs, they may be mixed up with Dark Eyed White (DEW) ferrets, which are pretty much the same as Albinos except that Albinos have pink or red eyes and DEWs have brown or black eyes. Sables are the most distinctive-looking of the ferrets, with dark brown or black guardhairs and a light brown undercoat. While these provide a general idea of the palette for a ferret, there are several different patterns that may emerge.
The Hooded ferret bears a resemblance to a raccoon, as its face has a mask pattern covering the whole head. Cinnamon ferrets have ruddy brown guardhairs, while their undercoats are cream-colored. Dark ferrets veer toward the black end of the spectrum, while Chocolate ferrets are dark brown, with tails and feet even darker than the fur on the rest of the body.
The Siamese or Pointed Pattern ferret has a mask in the shape of a V, and this is of a different shade than the rest of the fur on the body. Ferrets of this type also have what are called zippers, which are lines of color along their bellies. The Panda ferret has a white head, front, feet and belly, while the rest of its fur is darker.
The Shetland or Badger ferret has a number of white accents around the eyes, feet and knees, as well as the bib. Ferrets with this particular pattern also have a tendency to be deaf, as do Blaze ferrets, which have a pretty similar look to the Badger but also have a white stripe going down the back. The Mitt ferret has a white bib as well as white feet, and the Roan has both white and dark-colored guardhairs mixed in together.
No matter what color they are, ferrets are beautiful animals, and any ferret can make a great pet with the proper care. However, knowing ahead of time what types of options there are can better prepare you for what to expect when you go to the pet store, especially when it comes to potential health problems. Know exactly what you’re looking for, and it will make your task of finding the right ferret much easier.