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Ferret Colors

Updated on January 26, 2014

Ferret Colors and Color Patterns

Welcome to the wonderful world of ferret colors. Most people don't realize that ferrets come in an array of different colors. They only see the most common sable masked ferret. I am here to tell you that there are many colors those many colors come in many different patterns.

So What Color is My Ferret?

List of Ferret Colors


The albino displays lack of color and pattern which gives a totally white ferret with red eyes.

Black Sable

The best Black Sables contain no warm tones such as the warm browns or gold tones.

Black and White

Has black and white hairs


The champagne coloration looks like a diluted chocolate color.


Like a sable, but more chocolate color. Chocolate's have darker feet and tails than the rest of their body.


Reddish, brown, guardhairs. Creamy undercoat.

Dark Eyed White

The guardhairs are all white and the eyes are brown or black.


The guardhairs are dark in color, ranging from darkest brown to black. The undercoat on the neck, belly, back is cream colored, and it may show through. The tail and legs are the same color as the body, but with no undercoat. The mask is a full band across their eyes.

Light Silver

Light silvers have about 10-20% silver body color

Medium Silver

Medium silvers have about 25-40% silver color.

Heavy Silver

Heavy silvers have about 40-60% silver color.

Great Books About Ferrets

Different Patterns


This pattern usually has smudges around the eyes instead of a mask. All feet are white or tipped with white, they have white bibs, and sometimes the knees are white also. This type of ferret is prone to deafness.


This type of ferret has a white strip that comes from the face and goes down the head and neck. It also has white feet, bib, and sometimes white knees. This type of ferret is prone to deafness.


This type of pattern refers to the ferret with a racoony face mask that extends up and over the head.


This pattern includes white feet and a white bib.


This pattern refers to the ferret that has a white head, reaching all the way down to their shoulders. This type of ferret also has a white bib, belly and feet.


This pattern refers to the ferret that has a V shaped mask that is darker or lighter than the rest of the body. This ferret also has a line of color running through the length of the underside

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So what is your favorite ferret color? - Or what color is your ferret?

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      mouse1996 lm 

      6 years ago

      I love all ferrets. For my birthday yesterday I got my dream, a male albino ferret. And his sister came home also. Both cutie albinos. :-)

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      crazy anna 

      6 years ago

      I love ferrets, lovely pictures!

    • starlitparlit profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you so much :) Your blessings are very much appreciated :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      My first sprinkling of angel dust on this ferret lens has long worn off so I am back once again to scatter a little more. It is my quest this week to re-bless some of the lenses which I blessed way back in 2010. Your lens is on this list.

    • KevCooper profile image


      6 years ago

      Sable every time, but of course I love all ferrets.

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting. Didn't realize there were so many.

    • AmyTK9 profile image


      7 years ago

      Love this lens! I have a ferret who is the dark eyed white. He wasn't pure white when we got him though. It's amazing how much they can change in color!

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      7 years ago

      My favorite would be the sable (even though they're all gorgeous). Just want to mention to any future owners that a ferrets color and pattern can slightly change over time. For example, one of my boys had sort of a darker triangle on top of is head every summer when he started to shed. It was really cute, but the change isn't that striking anymore now that he's older.

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      whoisbid lm 

      7 years ago

      Wow, so cute!

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      7 years ago

      It would be purple, I am sure there are no natural purple ferrets :)

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Apart from these two colors the other most common ferret colors that are popular with ferret enthusiasts are sable, dark-eyed white (DEW), and silver. The color of ferrets is influenced by the climate in which they live.

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      Chris-H LM 

      7 years ago

      Great pictures of ferrets. They are so cute!

    • chrisqw profile image


      7 years ago

      I never thought I'd get hooked on a ferret article - but I did. Thanks very much for an entertaining and informative lens.

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      7 years ago

      Light silver ferret looks amazing, enjoying!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Beautifully displayed. Blessed by a Squid angel and featured on Angel Blessings 2010. Have a great day

    • KarenHC profile image


      8 years ago from U.S.

      We had a champagne-colored ferret, and a chocolate colored ferret. Both were adorable, and we miss their ferret kisses!

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      momto4 lm 

      8 years ago

      I always liked the chocolate colored ferrets! This makes me miss having ferrets! They make great pets!

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      8 years ago

      black sable, definitely

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love this. We had an albino ferret for nine year. She was the sweet pet.

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      8 years ago

      Sables do it best!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      They are such adorable creatures! I had no idea they came in so many colors. :)

    • best-intentions profile image


      9 years ago

      Talk about serendipity! I was fortunate enough to have a black sable and a cinnamon ferret for quite a few years. Sasafrass and Frolo! Unfortunately, cancer took them both. I miss them horribly. Ferrets are such sweet pets. Such a joy in the world!


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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I don't think I've ever seen a white ferret. How cute! Love the pink nose and pink ring around their eyes. I've never owned a ferret, but I sure do think they're adorable.

    • starlitparlit profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      @RinkieandNannerslover: Thanks so much for taking the time to post a comment :) My ferret was silver and white and his color changed almost completely to white by the time he was two years old. He had just a few silver hairs left on his tail to prove that he wasn't born that way.

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      9 years ago

      [in reply to SugarVsSpice]

      Whoops...make that Cute Ferret Gifts (not gits lol!) ^_^

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      9 years ago

      I have two ferrets, a dark sable (Twinkie-short for Twinkle Toes) and a light silver (Nanners). I really have always loved the albinos, because they are not easily come by. But when I was shopping for Nanners, I came across my first chocolate ferret, so now its a tie between the two. My favorite pattern is the panda and badger (which I've noticed on Nanners has faded. I know this happens as they get older, but she's not even a year old though...?)


    • SugarVsSpice profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens, I wish I'd found it earlier... *much* better pictures of the various colors than google image search could offer!

      I've lensrolled you with my Cute Ferret Gifts page as I'm trying to draw cartoon ferrets in various colors for owners. Its tough though because there are so many! ^_^

      Come take a look and let me know if you'd like any specific color done (I figured it would be wiser to wait for requests before I do anymore because I have no idea whats popular in the ferret world.)

    • dahlia369 profile image


      10 years ago

      Beautiful lens and cute animals! :)

    • WritingforYourW profile image


      10 years ago

      Okay, I totally love your pictures. :) I would have ferrets if I didn't have two dogs who love to chase tiny critters (and big ones... watch out, mailman!). ;)

    • WritingforYourW profile image


      10 years ago

      Okay, I totally love your pictures. :) I would have ferrets if I didn't have two dogs who love to chase tiny critters (and big ones... watch out, mailman!). ;)

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      10 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


    • sisterra profile image


      10 years ago

      Interesting lens - I never knew they came in a variety of colors.

    • LucyVet profile image


      10 years ago

      Ferrets are great. I love the pictures!

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      The Homeopath 

      10 years ago

      Albino's ROCK!!!

      Snowie says so. :-)

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      10 years ago

      Hi Chantel.

      Nice job with the lens.

      The dark eyed white is the most attractive to me although I can say with certainty that Ferrets are not really my thing. :)

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      10 years ago

      I hope you get my comment this time around, because I'm almost positive I told you how cute these little critters are :) And great lens!

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      10 years ago

      I like the chocolate and the heavy silver. Awesome lens.

    • aquariann profile image


      10 years ago

      I haven't been able to meet many ferrets in my life, but they seem like fun animals. I never knew their fur came in so many different colors and patterns. Interesting lens!

    • piedromolinero profile image


      10 years ago

      A very nice lens with interesting information. I never made a mind before about the different colors of ferrets. But now I would decide for the light silver.

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      10 years ago

      Totally cute lens and great pics too! I love the light silver color. :)

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      They're all so cute.. it's hard to pick a favorite. Adorable lens!

    • SoSimplyStephanie profile image


      10 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Very cute lens. I had a farret when I was little. He had a really nice cage that was huge that my dad built him. He was so cuddly....but boy did HE stink at times!

    • LisaJo1 profile image


      10 years ago

      You've done a wonderful job with this lens. Another 5 star rating!

    • Music-Resource profile image


      10 years ago

      Hi Chantel: Cute Ferret Colors lens :) ~Music Resource~

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      10 years ago

      Mine would be the Chocolate and the Medium Silver. But I would take any color, because they are all adorable.

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      10 years ago

      The two ferrets I had were sable, one a little darker than the other. They were named Valentine & Cupid because I got them on Valentine's day! :)

    • ctavias0ffering1 profile image


      10 years ago

      Have you seen a polecat/ferret cross? Referred to in the fur trade as West Highland Fitch - makes me laugh when I think of posh ladies buying it, they pass out cold if you told them it was a ferret cross fur, ferrets are considered soooooo lower working class in Britain.

      But the polecat/ferret cross is a beautiful creature, they tend to have pronounced rings around their eyes and strong cotrast in the fur between the black guard hairs (and markings) and the yellow.

      Gorgeous creatures.

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      10 years ago

      My favorite color pattern is the hooded.

      What a fun lens.

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      10 years ago

      Ferrets are real cool pets. Mine every now and then would get upset and bite me. They never really bit hard but you knew they were not happy. Most of the time they would just crawl up and rest on my shoulders behind my neck. I wish I still had them.


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