Ferret Coat Colours

Black Roan Mitt

Black roan mitt has the classic black points with white bib and four even white mitts covering the entire foot. The undercoat is white. The face can have varying white marks which can include a fully white muzzle. The nose is usually black, spotted or shaded.

Black roan mitts come in a range of shades from almost black to grey, they typically roan with age but rarely go white, although there is some overlap with silver mitts. Mitts are due to the silvermitt gene. There are NO blinkers (white patches on the knees) and no belly spots. There may be white hairs intermingled with the black hairs on all areas of the coat but this is even and not defined white areas.

Black roan 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.

Genetics

Aa/aa B- C- E- S- Rr