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LOS National Color & Pattern Standards & Body Structures

Determining the Ferret’s Color:

 

Albino

A True Albino has a pure white coat with pink or red eyes.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Must be all white

-                     Must have red or pink eyes

-                     Must have a pink nose

 

Red-Eyed White

A red-eyed white is an Albino with a coloring in the tail or body.  This means that they have less than 5 % discoloration.  The discoloration is usually a grayish tint in the tail but can be any color.  This color pattern is often shown in the Albino ring.

THIS IS NOT A COLOR THAT FITS INTO THE NORMAL SHOW COLOR FORMAT, THEREFORE THIS TYPE WOULD BE SHOWN IN ALBINO BUT UP A POINT MAY BE DEDUCTED FOR NOT MEETING FULL COLOR STANDARDS.

 

Black Sable

The black sable is completely black. There may be a small patch of white around muzzle near the nose, which should also be black.  They should also have a hood that extends from their nose to the top of their head.  Their undercoat should be gray or black.  Their eyes should also be black.  If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Should have a hood. (please note that during fall and spring, they may have a 5 0’clock shadow where the hood should be)

-                      Should have a black nose

-                      Eyes should be black

-                      Should have a gray to black undercoat

-                      Should have a mask or completely black face.

 

Blaze

A Blaze will have a white stripe that extends from the tips of the nose to the back of the shoulder blades. The stripe should not be broken and should be well defined.  Blazes can vary in body color.  Blazes will have white kneepads; a white tipped tail and they should also have four white feet (toes are acceptable).  Blazes normally have eye smudges.  If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Must have a white stripe down the head to the shoulders

-                      Should have four white mitts (toes are acceptable)

-                      Should have a white Bib

-                      Should have white knee patches

-                      Any color nose or eyes

-                      Should have eye smudges or mask.

-                      Should have a white tipped tail or raccoon marked tail (ringed). 

-                      Main body color can be any color most often times their main color is black with white markings.  There have been reverse blazes, which are predominately white with colored markings.

 

Chocolate

Chocolates range in color from light to dark brown highlights.  Their undercoat is usually crème or white colored. If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

There are three shades of chocolate:

 

Light or Pale Chocolate (aka Champagne)

KEY POINTS:

o       Should have a light mask or pale mask or eye smudges.

o       Highlights should be golden or light brown with a cream or wheaten undercoat

o       Eyes should be ruby or black.  On a rare occasion you will see red eyes.

o       Nose should be pink.

 

Standard Chocolate (medium) – this is the ideal color

KEY POINTS:

o       Should have a bar mask

o       Should have Ruby or Black Eyes

o       Nose should be pink or mottled.

o       Highlights will medium brown with a cream or wheaten undercoat.

 

Dark or Rich Chocolate (chocolate self)

KEY POINTS:

o       Should have mask and hood or completely brown face.

o       Eyes should be black.

o       Nose should be mottled or brown.

o       Highlights will be dark brown with a wheaten undercoat.

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon will have light to dark tan/brown reddish highlights and a white or crème undercoat. If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

There are three shades of cinnamon:

 

Light or Pale Cinnamon

o       Will not have a mask.

o       Highlights will be almost a light tan with a reddish cast to the coat with a mostly white to cream undercoat.

o       Eyes should be red, ruby or black. 

o       Nose should be pink.

 

A Standard Cinnamon – this is the ideal color

o       Will have eye smudges or a mask.

o       Should have Red, Ruby or Black Eyes

o       Nose should be pink.

o       Highlights will be almost a medium tan with a reddish cast to the coat with a white to cream undercoat.

 

A Dark Cinnamon (cinnamon self)

o       Will have a bar mask and a hood.

o       Eyes should be Red, Ruby or Black.

o       Nose should be pink but on a rare occasion they may have a light brown nose.

o       Coat should be dark tan with a reddish cast with a crème to wheaten undercoat.

 

Green Card

Open to all Foreign Blooded Ferrets.

KEY POINTS:

-          These ferrets are judged more on skeletal structure, PMB (profile, muzzle and bite) and muscle than any other ring.

-                     Ferrets should have well sprung rib cages. 

-                     Body Structure is usually Bull Dog or Standard Bull Dog.

 

Fine Point

Similar to Siamese but points are more predominant.  Can be any shade of color including Cinnamon, Chocolate, Black Sable, Sable and Silver. They will have either eye smudges or a very fine V-Mask, a zipper and very defined legs and tail.  Their points include their shoulders, hips, all legs and tail.  Their points should be 4-5 shades darker than the rest of their body.  Any color nose or eyes are acceptable. Their undercoat should be white to wheaten.  If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Should have eye smudges or a very fine V-Mask.

-                     Body points should be 4-5 Shades Darker than the rest of their body.

-                     The zipper should go almost to their rib cage (most times the zipper will break just before the rib cage).

-                     Undercoat should be white to wheaten.

-                     Nose and eyes can be any color.

 

Mitt

Mitts will have four white even feet extending not more than 2/3 of the leg.  The ideal mitt will have white covering the foot but toes are acceptable.  Every color pattern can have mitts except for Albino, REW and DEW, which are mostly white in color.  On a very rare occasion, a ferret may have four colored feet and a white body. In such an occasion this ferret would best suited in the mutt class. If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Must have four even white feet.  (mitts should be even to each other)

-                     Should have white unbroken bib.

-                     They should have eye smudges or a mask (unless it is a panda)

-                     May have knee patches (usually associated with Blaze and Panda)

-                     Eyes and nose can be any color.

-                     Any color undercoat.

 

Mutt

Mutt is a nonconforming color pattern. The most things wrong with the ferret, the better it should score in this category.  For example, if a ferret has two white feet, a broken blaze, a chocolate mask, sable body and a bib then the ferret is the best mutt if no other ferret has ore nonconforming patterns. If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Fails to fully meet two or more color patterns.

-                     Any eye or nose color.

-                     The more patterns the ferret does not fit, the higher the score should be.

 

Panda

Panda will have an all white head that extends from the tip of their nose to the back of the shoulders.  They shoulders and hips should be colored darker than most of the body.  Most commonly they will have a dark stripe down their back and four white mitts.  Pandas should not have eye smudges, face should be white. If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Must have an all white head back to shoulders.

-                     Shoulders and hips should be shaded darker than rest of the body.

-                     Should have mitts or toes.

-                     Should have an unbroken white bib

-                     Nose should be pink. Eyes can be any color.

-                     Must have knee patches

-                     Any color undercoat.

-                     May have a white tipped tail but not completely necessary.

 

Tuxedo

Tuxedo will have four feet with white tipped toes extending not more than 2/3 of the foot or half way to the ankle.  The ideal tuxedo will have white covering the at least 3 toes on each foot.  Every color pattern can have tuxedo except for Albino, REW and DEW, which are mostly white in color.  On a very rare occasion, a ferret may have four colored feet and a white body. In such an occasion this ferret would best suited in the mutt class. If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Should have four feet with white tipped toes extending not more  than 2/3 of the foot or half way to the ankle.

-                     Should have a very white pronounced unbroken bib.

-                     They should have eye smudges or a mask (unless it is a panda)

-                     Should have knee patches (usually associated with Blaze and Panda)

-                     Eyes and nose can be any color.

-                     Any color undercoat.

 

 

Sable

Sables will have a deep brown to black coat.  Their undercoat should be either crème or gray.  They should have bar mask.  Their eyes should be black and their nose either pink or mottled.   If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

There are two shades of sable:

 

Standard Sable   (this is the ideal color)

-            Must have a bar mask.

-          Legs and Tail should blend with rest of body.  Sometimes they are 1 2 shades darker but not defined.

-            Should have pink, mottled or black nose.

-            Eyes should be black.

-            Undercoat should be crème or gray.

 

Hooded Sable (aka Sable Self and Dark Sable)

-            Must have a hood.

-            Should have a pink or mottled nose.

-            Legs and Tail should be almost black in color.

-                     Eyes should be black.

 

Red Sable

-                     May have a bar mask and/or hood.

-                     Nose should be pink or mottled.

-                     Legs and dark should be almost black in color.

-                     Should have red highlights.

-                     May have dark ruby or black eyes.

 

Silver – Pattern is open any and all shades of silver.

 

There are six variations of Silver: Light Silver, Medium Silver, Heavy Silver, Silver Self, Chocolate Shaded Silver and Silver Shaded Chocolate.

 

 

Light Silver   (one of the standard ideal colors)

Light Silvers will have more than 10% color in the body.  The coloration will between 10-25% of the total body.  Most of the body will have a white undercoat with gray to black highlights.  Light silvers do have any specific pattern.  Most of them will have eye smudges.  Their eyes should be either ruby or black.  Nose should be pink, black or mottled.  If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

o       Must have between 10 –25 % coloring and any pattern.

o       Undercoat should be predominately white.

o       Guard hairs should be silver.

o       The nose should be pink, black or mottled.

o       The eyes should be ruby or black.

 

Medium Silver (one of the standard ideal colors)

Medium Silvers will have about 25-40% total body color.  They will have gray or black highlights and a gray or white undercoat.  They do have any specific pattern but many of them are mitts.  They should have ruby or black eyes with a mottled or black nose.  They usually have eye smudges. If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

o       Must have between 25 – 40% body coloring.

o       Undercoat should be gray.

o       Highlights should be silver.

o       Should have either eye smudges or a mask.

o       Nose should be black or mottled.

o       Eyes should be ruby or black.

 

Heavy Silver (one of the standard ideal colors)

Heavy Silvers will have 40-60% total body coloring.  They will have a grayish undercoat with dark gray or black highlights.  Their eyes should be black and the nose should be mottled or black.  Many of them will have mitts. They may also have eye smudges or a mask.  If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

o       Must have between 40-60% body coloring.

o       Will have eye smudges but most often times will have a mask.

o       Nose should be mottled or black.

o       Should have mitts and a bib.

o       Eyes should be ruby or black.

o       Highlights should be silver. 

 

Silver Self

Silver Selves will have over 60% total body coloring.  They will have a grayish undercoat with dark gray or black highlights.  Their eyes should be black and the nose should be mottled or black.  They commonly either have either a colored face or mask and hood.  If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

 

o       Should have over 60% coloring.

o       Should have either a dark face or mask and hood.

o       Nose should be mottled or black.

o       Will not have mitts and sometimes a bib.

o       Eyes can be any color.

o       Undercoat will be grayish.

o       Will have very dark highlights.  (commonly have very little white, predominately silver in color)

 

Silver Shaded Chocolate

Silver Shaded Chocolates will have at least 10% silver shading but color is predominately chocolate. They will have a crème or wheaten undercoat.  Also they commonly will have a bib.  Also face should be dark or have mask and hood.    Their eyes should be black or ruby and the nose should be mottled or black.  If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

o       Will have no less than 10% silver shading but color is predominately chocolate. 

o       Nose is usually mottled or colored.

o       Should have a dark face or mask and hood.

o       Should have a bib.

o       Eyes should be ruby or black.

 

Chocolate Shaded Silver

Chocolate Shaded Silvers will have at least 10% chocolate shading but color is predominately silver. They will have a crème or wheaten undercoat.  Also they commonly will have a bib and/or mitts.  They may have eye smudges or a mask, depending on the shading of their silver.  Their eyes should be black or ruby and the nose should be mottled or black.  If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

 

o       Will have no less than 10% chocolate shading but color is predominately silver.

o       Nose can be any color.

o       Most often they will have eye smudges or a mask.

o       Should have mitts or toes and a bib.

o       Eyes should be ruby or black.

 

Siamese

Siamese will have a V-mask.  They can vary in any color. Their defining marks include the v-mask, their points are darker than the rest of their body and the undercoat is usually white or crème.  Their points are their shoulders, hips, legs and tail.  They should have a pink nose with black eyes. If their color looks either too light or too dark for this category, then you should consult either a senior judge or show coordinator to determine their correct color pattern.  Unaltered ferrets may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY PONTS:

-                     Should have a V-Mask.

-                     Must have a zipper (dark line down the underside) that extends from the base of their tail up to sternum.

-                     Legs and Tail should be at least 2-3 Shades darker than the rest of their body.

-                     Undercoat should be crème or white.

-                     Nose and Eyes can be any color.

 

White With Dark Eyes (+ pattern)

White with Dark Eyes should have a pure white coat with ruby or black eyes.  They may have up to but no more than 10% coloration of the total body.  The ideal ferret will have no discoloration but an altered ferret may have a slight yellow discoloration.

KEY POINTS:

-                     Should have no more than 10% body coloring.

-                     Must be mostly white.

-                     May have a pink, mottled or black nose.

-                     Should have ruby or black eyes.

-                     Red eyes are not acceptable.

   

Body Structures:

 

Whippet – narrow in the face, long body, long rib cage and narrow hips. Most often times these are early alters.

 

Standard – full head, long body, long rib cage and average hips.

 

Bull Dog – full head, short body, short rib cage and wide hips. 

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