In the wild all chinchillas are pretty much the same color. Now that there are a lot of colors available the original grey has come to be known as the standard color. Here is a list of many of the different varieties of colors you can find chinchillas in, and what they look like. Also keep in mind that each main color usually has many variations within it.
Standard – These guys are the 'normal' chinchilla and they match their cousins that still live in the wild. They have grey fur on their back and sides, with a white tummy.
Beige – Beige chins range in color from lighter shades to darker. They will mostly have red eyes, and pink (sometimes freckled) ears. They also have white bellies.
Ebony – One of the favorites is this black chinchilla. Ebonys will range from grey to solid black. They won't have a white belly like the standard, instead it will be a grey belly, and some even have a black belly that matches their back fur.
Tans – These chins look a lot like the beige variety, except they carry the ebony gene which causes them not to have a white tummy like the beige chins do. They are usually solid brown throughout their whole body. Pastels are another variation that are just a lighter brown.
Black Velvet – This color of chinchilla will be black on the top and get lighter as their fur wraps around their sides. They have a white belly and usually have a blue hue in their fur.
White – There are a bunch of variations to the white chinchilla, but the most common is pure white, with red eyes and pink ears (sometimes with freckles)
Mosaic – This is sort of a mix between the white and a standard color chinchilla. They will have patches of grey throughout their fur and darker ears and eyes. If you find a 'reverse mosaic' that just means that there is more grey on them and the patches are white fur.
Violet – Violet colored chins are unfortunately not bright purple, but they are very soft looking and their fur will be grey with a blue hue to it. They look so soft because their fur doesn't have black tips like standard chins and they are fairly rare. There are also sapphires that lean more toward the blue end of the spectrum than violet.
Goldbars – This is one of the rarest colors of chins in the world today. They actually look gold on their back and it gets whiter as it comes down their sides. Their eyes are usually dark red and they have a white belly.
A Little More About Chinchilla Colors
If you're looking to get a chinchilla, you probably already know that they come in a ton of different colors. And some colors are much more expensive than others. This article will explain some differences in color and what it all means.
Originally in their natural habitat, all chinchillas were a dark grey with white bellies. This is known today as the standard color chinchilla. Throughout the years of being bred as pets, breeders have gotten lots of color mutations to come out and produce a huge variety of colors among chinchillas. One thing you will notice when looking at different colors of chins is that a lot of colors have hetero and homo versions. And no, this doesn't have anything to do with the sexual orientation of the little guy.
Truthfully, unless you're planning on breeding your chinchillas, whether you find one that is hetero beige or homo beige doesn't really matter all that much. The colors will be close enough to each other that it won't matter much.
If you are planning on breeding your chins and want a certain color of kits (beige for example), then it is a good idea to get two chins that are homo beige. This basically means that they both have dominant beige genes, so when they mate their kits will come out beige. If you were to get 2 hetero beige chinchillas, then chances are 50/50 that you'll get a beige or standard kit.
If price is a concern, the standard chins will usually be sold the cheapest because they are so abundant. Any chins with a dominant gene color will be less expensive than chins with recessive gene colors. For example, a beige is a dominant gene so they are much more common than the dark ebonys. So if you just want a fun pet to have and love, then go out and find a cheaper one to help you save some dough.
Find a breeder in your area that specializes in chinchillas and go visit them to see what kind of a selection they have. Chances are they won't have every color available, so don't get too attached to a certain color of chin that you won't be able to find anywhere near where you live. Read more about chinchillas as pets or chinchilla care.