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Types of Fur

Types of Fur - Different fur, Different features

Beaver Sheared

Soft, velvety texture. Often dyed in new fashion colours. Natural: Long, lustrous guard hairs over thick underfur.

Chinchilla

A short, dense soft fur with lustrous slate blue guard hairs and dark underfur.

Coyote

A long-haired fur, often pale grey or tan in colour, with thick soft underfur. Very durable fur.

Ermine

Very silky white guard hairs and dense underfur.

Fisher

Silky guard hairs in brown to blackish tones and thick underfur. Very durable fur.

Fitch

Long guard hairs over light-coloured underfur. Colour ranges from pale ecru to orange tones, with black markings

Fox

The widest range of natural colours of any fur except mink. Long, lustrous guard hairs with thick, soft underfur. Fox varieties include silver cross, crystal blue, red, grey and white. Can also be dyed in a wide variety of colours.

 

Lamb

Broadtail: A natural flat moire pattern. Natural colours include brown, black and grey. Often dyed in more exotic colours.
Mongolian: Very long, wavy, silky guard hairs. Its natural colour is off-white, but often dyed.
Mouton: Pelts are sheared closely for a soft, thick, flat fur.
Persian Lamb: From karakul sheep raised in Central Asia of Southwest Africa, fur features flat silky curls. Natural colours are black, brown and grey.
Shearling: Natural lamb pelts with the leather side sueded or leatherized and worn on the outside with the fur on the inside.

Lynx

Canadian Lynx: Displays creamy white tones with characteristic darker markings.
Russian Lynx: The whitest and softest of this very long-haired fur with very subtle beige markings. the whiter the fur, the higher the value.

 

Marten American

Long silky guard hairs and dense underfur. Colour ranges from blue-brown to dark brown. Baum: Softer, silkier and shinier than American marten. Stone: The finest marten has soft, thick guard hairs and a bluish-brown cast with pale underfur.

Mink

Soft and lightweight with lustrous guard hairs and dense, soft underfur. Primarily farm-raised, mink remains the most popular fur. Female pelts are smaller in size and have a softer, silkier feel than male pelts. Minks can be died a wide range of colours and may be sheared for a sporty, casual look. Very durable fur.

Muskrat

Fur is full and thick with a black stripe and pale beige sides. Often sheared for a sporty, lightweight feel. New Jersey: Lighter in weight with contrasting colours. Northen: Strong, longer guard hairs and heavy, thick underfur. Often worked skin-on-skin. Southern: Flatter with little underfur, usually pale in colour.

Nutria

Similar to beaver, it is often sheared for a sporty, more lightweight feel. Underfur is very soft and plush. A popular fur for linings and trims, it is frequently dyed in a variety of colours.

Opossum American

Long, silvery black-tipped guard hairs with thick underfur. Australian: Short, dense, plush-like fur, with colour ranging from yellow-grey to natural brown.

Rabbit

Generally medium length guard hairs in a variety of colours. Often sheared or grooved. Not very durable, and may have a tendency to shed.

Raccoon

Long grey/black guard hairs with silvery tips over a woolly, dense underfur. Very durable fur. Finn raccoon: Long, thick tan guard hairs with black tips and dense underfur.

Sable

Long, luxurious guard hairs with dense underfur, yet very lightweight. Russian sable: Brown with silver cast, it is the most expensive fur, especially when there is an abundance of silver hairs. Canadian golden sable: In amber tones, somewhat less expensive. Very durable.

Squirrel

Short, soft guard hairs with a flatter, dense underfur. Very lightweight.

Tanuki

Also called Japanese raccoon with very long guard hairs and a full texture. Colour is light amber brown with dark, distinctive markings.

Weasel

Similar look to mink, with short guard hairs and semi-dense underfur.

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