Ferret Coat Colours

Silver Mitt

Silver and silver mitt have dark hairs intermingled with white and always have a white undercoat. The dark silver mitt phenotype can have classic dark points with white bib and four even white mitts covering the entire foot. The face can have varying white marks. The nose can be black, spotted, shaded or pink.

Silver mitts come in a range of shades from grey through to almost white and typically roan with age and eventually go white. The roaning pattern on a silver mitt typically progresses more rapidly at the front end and spares the back and the tail, in contrast to the roaning pattern on harlequin mitts.

Silver mitts can have black patches which do not roan, and these are usually randomly placed on the ferret. This is a feature of the silvermitt gene and appears to be heritable. The exact cause is unknown.


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