When you're looking for a new pet and have decided that a chinchilla is what you want, there are some guidelines you should follow to be sure you get a healthy chinchilla. If you haven't been already, you should start now and be on the lookout for a chinchilla breeder in your area, and start browsing chinchilla prices. Some breeders may charge more than others so it's important to do your due diligence and find the best breeder in your area. Before you run out and buy a chin, you should read more about chinchillas as pets.
Chinchilla Prices – Factors To Consider
The first thing you should factor into the price of your pet is how much all the chinchilla equipment will cost as well as the animal. You will need to buy a cage that's big enough, an exercise wheel, other cage accessories (water bottle, feeder, hay rack), a nesting hut, food (pellets and hay), chinchilla dust (to bathe in), and dust bath tubs. You'll probably also want to get a carrier so you can take him places (like to the vet). All of this, plus the chinchilla can easily cost you $350 or more (on the cheap side of things), and thats not including vet visits or getting your chin fixed (which will probably be around $150 in itself). So you can't just look at chinchilla prices and think that's all you'll have to pay.
Your chin may live up to 20 years if you take good care of it. Another cost you may not be aware of when buying a chinchilla is the time it will take to care for. You should be spending time with the little guy every day to bond and help him get enough exercise. They aren't creatures that you can just leave in a cage and look at once in awhile. To be healthy they need attention!
Chinchillas themselves can cost anywhere from $50 all the way up to $600! (on rare occasions). It all depends on the color of the chin and if they'd be a good one to breed.
If you don't want to breed your chinchillas and don't care what color they are, paying less for them is definitely the way to go, just be sure that the breeder you are buying them from raises them well and has experience. A lot of people don't even like buying them from chain stores like Petsmart because they are exotic animals and require special knowledge.
Chinchilla prices will vary depending on the color of the chin. I'm sure you know supply and demand works in all businesses, and the chinchilla market is no different. The rarer, more desired colored chins will demand a higher price than the more common colored ones. If you are looking for a certain color or marking when you're buying a chinchilla, you may pay a lot more than you would for a standard colored one.On the other side if you intend to breed your chins and want to get certain colors in the babies (or kits), then you should look for the color you want in the homo variety (i.e. homo beige, homo ebony). If you get two chins that are homo ebony, they will have homo ebony kits.
Standard colors are the cheapest and most available types of chinchillas, they are the 'mutts' of the chinchilla world, and usually have bland fur colors. As you go up the price scale, you'll find hetero colored chins to be from around $125 for beige or light ebony, all the way up to almost $200 for the darker ebonys and the violet mixes. Homo colored chins are even more expensive, ranging from about $150 to the mid & upper $200's.
The bottom line is just depending on what you want your chinchilla for. If you are just buying one as a playmate you can spend just a little and still have a furry, lovable friend. If you have a certain color in mind, though it will cost you to get it, especially if it's rare (or even just rare in your area). After you get your chin, you should learn all about chinchilla care to give your pet it's best life possible.