The standard grey chinchilla is the natural color of the chinchilla. It is a dominant color and comes in different variations from light to dark. The belly of a standard chinchilla should be crisp and bright white.
Beige is a dominant brown mutation color. A hetero beige chinchilla has one dominant beige gene. The chinchilla will have a darker beige coat with a white belly, dark pink or brown eyes, and pink ears and nose, and often will have freckles on its ears.
A homozygous beige chinchilla has two beige genes. The coat will be a light beige to a champagne color with a white belly and the chinchilla will have bright red or pink eyes.
A black velvet chinchilla has a black veiling with lighter sides and a white belly. It has black stripes on its paws and should have a crisp white belly. Its fur will have a velvety appearance. Black Velvet is also referred to as Black or Gunning Black. When a Black Velvet is in combination with another mutation color it is referred to as TOV, such as a TOV violet (black velvet x violet).
BROWN VELVET OR TOV BEIGE
A brown velvet has one beige parent and one black velvet parent. Leg bands on Brown Velvets are brown and the underside is white. Brown velvets can either be heterozygous or homozygous
The white gene is an incomplete gene and therefore must be in combination in another color. A white chinchilla should be bright white with no yellow casting in it and usually has dark patterns on its fur and darker ears. The patterns can range from a slight silver tipping to extreme and unique patterns. White chinchillas should never be bred together because of the lethal factor involved with the gene in a homozygous form. Different variations of white include white mosaic (white x standard) TOV Mosaic (white x Black Velvet) White Ebony (white x ebony) White Violet (white v/c x violet) White Tan (white x tan) and so forth.
Pink white is a cross between a white and beige chinchilla. The coloring is predominantly white with some creamy beige patterns and a pink nose and light ears. This pink white chinchilla can be both homozygous or hetero pink white. Usually a homozygous has bright pink eyes and is often mistaken for albino.
EXTRA DARK EBONY
Extra Dark Ebony: Also known as a homo ebony, this ebony chin has all black hairs with no light hairs whatsoever. Its fur shaft should be a solid color to the skin and have a shiny appearance. In order for a chin to be homozygous both parents must have or carry the ebony gene.
A hetero ebony has a a combination of black and grey hair usually it has a dark black veiling with a lighter grey belly. The color can range from very light gray with black tips to very dark black. The color should appear to be a dark blue black and lack any red cast to the fur.
A tan chinchilla has an ebony and a beige parent. The hairs are all a brown color even on the belly and can range from light brown to dark chocolate.
Violet is a recessive gene. Therefore the chin must have two violet parents or violet carrier parents. Violets have grey fur with a blue hue and should have a crisp white belly. Breeding violets to each other is not recommended since this color is recessive. It is always best to breed a violet to a violet carrier as not to loose quality in breeding.
A solid violet or violet wrap where the fur is a grey uniform color even on the belly. This chinchilla has a violet gene in combination with an ebony gene.
A beige violet chinchilla is a combination of a beige and violet gene. This chinchilla will have a light champagne color with a blue hue and a white belly. It's eyes are a purplish color.