Ferret Breeds – Colors, Types, and Patterns
Are you thinking about becoming the pet parent to a ferret? Are you stuck on which type or color of a ferret to get? If so, you’re not alone. There are so many types of ferrets, colors, and patterns to choose from! This makes the decision on which one to get extremely difficult!
To help you sort through the types, colors, etc., we’ll cover all of that in this article! So, let’s get started!
How Many Types of Ferret Are There?
If you go with colors, then according to the American Ferret Association, there are about eight different types of ferret, along with some different patterns. OK, so that helps to narrow the field down a bit!
The eight types of ferret by color include:
Sable ferrets: these are the most common color you’ll find. They strongly resemble a raccoon with their adorable brownish black face masks around the eyes. These ferrets usually have the same dark brown color on their shoulders, neck, legs, and tail.
Black sable ferret: these ferrets have a similar color pattern as the sable; however, they have a much darker brown color. The face mask around the eyes looks almost blacker than brown.
Solid all black ferret: these are all black around the face and may have a black-brown fur on their body.
Albino ferret: this is a true albino ferret with white fur and pink eyes and nose. The white and pink colorations are due to the lack of pigment in the ferret’s body. They’re very pretty and striking ferrets.
Dark-eyed white ferret: these ferrets also have white fur, but they have dark eyes.
Cinnamon ferret: this ferret has a reddish color in its fur, which strongly reminds you of cinnamon. You’ll notice these ferrets have a white undercoat and that their legs and tail are a little bit darker. They may have pink/ruby or black eyes, while the nose may be pink. This is the rarest color of ferret.
Chocolate ferret: you can imagine the color of these ferrets! They have a warm, chocolate color that reminds you of milk chocolate. They have a white undercoat, with dark brown or black eyes; however, they can have red eyes, too. Their noses are usually a lighter color.
Champagne ferret: the champagne ferret is also sometimes referred to as a sandy ferret. These are similar to the chocolate ferret but have a lighter coat that’s more beige. They have a white/cream undercoat, pink/red eyes, and a pink/beige nose.
Ferret Color Patterns
Now, let’s take a look at some of the most common ferret color patterns. These are different than the colors! These are recognized by the American Ferret Association.
Blaze: ferrets with this color pattern have a white streak (blaze) that runs from their head down to their tail, following the spine. The rest of their coat may be a completely different color. Some of these ferrets may also have a “bib” of white around their chest, eyes, and neck. Some even have white fur around their eyes.
Heavy silver: also called “pewter,” these ferrets have a silvery, smoky coloring to their fur. Their silver fur also has black hair mixed in. They usually also have pink noses and dark eyes. Unfortunately, this is one pattern not recognized by the American Ferret Association.
Dalmatian: these ferrets are white all over with black spots, similar to the dogs of the same name! They usually have red or black eyes and pink noses. This is another pattern not recognized by the AFA.
Mitts: refers to the color found on the ferret’s paws. These ferrets may also have a “bib” on their chests. The four most common mitts color patterns include:
- Sable mitts
- Cinnamon mitts
- Black sable mitts
- Chocolate mitts
Panda: just like the bear of the same name, these ferrets have a black and white coloring that’s reminiscent of the Panda bear. They usually have white mitts, dark red eyes, and a pink nose.
Roan: this is a type of ferret that has a mix of white and another color at the base. The “off-color” hairs are referred to as guard hairs. They come in every color except white.
Siamese: is also known as “color point” ferrets because they resemble Siamese cats in their coloring. These ferrets have a dark brown stomach, dark brown or black eyes, and a pink or beige nose. They also have a v-shaped mask on their faces.
Solid: this type of ferret is all one, solid color. There’s no white on the body at all, and the guard hairs always match the main fur color. Solid ferrets come in all colors except white.
Standard: this is a ferret that is one color all over, but the guard hairs are mixed with white.
Types of Ferrets: Shape & Size
Ferrets can also be categorized according to their shape and size! Who knew? These beautiful fur babies come in three main categories by size:
Whippet: this is the most common size of ferret in the US. These are smaller than the other types. They usually have a longer head, too.
Standard: this is one of the most common size of ferrets, which originated in Europe. They’re larger than Whippet and were bred for hunting rabbits. They were domesticated thousands of years ago.
Bulldog: this is a large ferret that has a large chest and wider head. They usually have short legs supporting what appears to be a body too large for the legs. That’s why these ferrets are called “bulldogs.” They’re most common in Northern Europe.
Types of Ferrets: Hair Length
In addition to color, pattern, and size, ferrets can also be categorized according to their fur length! These categories include:
Angora: they usually have long fur, without an undercoat. Their hair length is usually between 2-4 inches long.
Longhair: these ferrets tend to be fluffy and adorable. They do have an undercoat.
As you can see, ferrets are extremely varied when it comes to colors, patterns, size, and even hair length! We can’t advise you on which type of ferret is best for you. However, we’re sure that no matter what the ferret’s coloring, size, etc., you’re sure to fall in love with your fur baby. These are adorable critters, and one is just waiting to be adopted by you!