Black Chinchilla: Different Types & Average Cost

Recently, chinchillas have become widely popular among pet owners. Chinchillas are one of the best pets you can own. Not only that, but they are also one of the prettiest pets with the variety of colors their fur comes in. 

Among other colors, chinchillas also come in black color. Black chinchillas are the darkest variety of chinchillas and are very rare, hence, extremely expensive. Their shiny black fur gives them a soft velvety look, which just adds to their beauty.

Why are Chinchillas Black in Color?

Why are Chinchillas Black in Color

Chinchillas come in a variety of colors. The wild chinchillas come only in mottled yellow-gray coats. This color helps to blend them in their natural habitat in the Andes mountains, where they live in burrows or rock crevices in the relatively barren landscape. All of the chinchilla colors we see today are genetic mutations descending from this color.

Selective breeding has changed the color of chinchillas from yellow-gray to a range of colors including white, beige, black, sapphire, violet, charcoal, and velvet, but the most common color is dark blue-gray. All these coat colors emerged due to genetic mutation over time in chinchillas. 

So, the basic reason why black chinchillas exist at all is due to a genetic mutation. Well, this is just the reason for their origin. Later, breeders started to selectively breed distinct colors of chinchillas to get a unique new coat color. 

When talking about the dominant gene, blue-gray is the dominant color in chinchillas. Likewise, white, ebony, and beige are the dominant color patterns. On the other hand, charcoal, sapphire, velvet, and violet are the recessive ones.

In terms of genetic pairing, when two dominant genes are paired together, or, even if two recessive genes are paired together, it is called a homozygous pairing. Similarly, when one dominant and one recessive gene is paired together, it is called heterozygous pairing. These genetic pairings also decide the intensity of the color of a particular chinchilla coat.  

The homozygotic ebony chinchillas are born with two genes for black fur. It makes them darker than their parents. On the other hand, heterozygous ebony chinchillas have one gene for black fur and one gene for another color. Hence, they have lighter underbellies and sides due to their mixed heritage. Your chinchilla’s eye color also depends on its coat color and varies from black, pink, or red, depending on how its genes express themselves.

How Many Colors of Chinchillas are there?

The wild chinchillas usually have only one single coat color, mottled yellow-gray. However, pet chinchillas come in a variety of coat colors. It was through genetic mutations that other different coat colors came about. 

Through selective breeding, breeders had been successful to change the basic coat color to a range of colors like white, black, beige, charcoal, violet, sapphire, and dark blue-gray. In addition to these colors, some breeders also produce chinchillas with patterns like a golden mosaic, a touch of velvet, silver and white mosaic, white sapphire, white violet, black velvet, brown velvet, and gold bar.

Different Types of Black Chinchillas

Yes, even the black chinchillas have different variations. Black chinchillas are classified into different categories based on the intensity of the color of their coat. These variations depend on their genes.

With selective breeding, the breeders have produced 3 different types of variations of black chinchillas. Below, we have explained the main differences b between them, so that you can recognize the chinchilla breed just when you see it.

Hetero Ebony Chinchillas

A Hetero Ebony chinchilla is a  breed of black chinchilla. It has dark black fur but is slightly different from other variations of black chinchillas. It has a unique fur color shade which is a combination of black and gray color. 

Typically, they have a black veiling and a light gray stomach area. Their fur almost appears a dark bluish-black shade. Also, they have no red cast on their fur.

As the name suggests, the hetero ebony chinchillas are a result of a heterozygous genetic pairing. As a result, despite having black fur, the intensity of the black shade is not too high. It has a touch of gray in it.

Black Velvet Chinchillas 

The Black Velvet chinchillas have a black veil. But, they have lighter sides and a white belly. They are such a unique breed that they have stripes on their paws which makes them adorable. 

Their belly is crispy white with no touch of any other color. Moreover, they have a velvety appearance which gives a regal and sophisticated look. They are also commonly referred to as Black or Gunning Black chinchillas. 

Interestingly, the black velvet chinchillas too, are a result of heterozygous genetic pairing. They are a combination of black and violet color and are referred to as TOV. They have the second deepest black color out of all the varieties of black chinchillas. 

Dark Ebony Chinchillas

The Dark Ebony chinchillas have black fur. They have no light hairs at all giving them a jet-black look. They have a solid black color and a shiny appearance. 

This variation of black chinchillas has the deepest black shade of all black chinchilla variations. It also has very dark or black whiskers too. They are also referred to as ‘Homo Ebony’ chinchillas by breeders. 

As its name suggests, the Dark/Homo Ebony chinchillas are a result of homozygous genetic pairing. Both parents have an ‘ebony gene’ in them to produce extra-dark fur-coated chinchillas. This is also the reason why they are the blackest among the black chinchillas with not even a hint of other shades.

Average Cost of Black Chinchillas

Cost of Black ChinchillasCost of Black Chinchillas

Black chinchillas are the prettiest and cutest of all chinchillas, based on their coat color. Their thick shiny black coat gives a velvety look to them. Such unique color gives them a unique temperament and charm irresistible to none. 

It is also because of this that black chinchillas are among the most expensive chinchillas out there. It is also because they are extremely rare and you cannot find a black chinchilla as easily as you can get the gray one. But how expensive are they exactly? 

Knowing the cost range before going out to buy something is a good thing and the same goes for pets too. This can help you save a whole lot of money too as you would know when a breeder is overcharging. You should also note that the baby chinchillas sold out there are a whole lot more expensive than the adult ones. 

The Black Velvet chinchilla costs somewhere between $100 to $250. You can buy an adult chinchilla from a rescue or a breeder and expect the cost to be around $100. On the other hand, the cost might range somewhere between $200 to $250 if you are buying a baby/pedigreed chinchilla. 

The other breeds of black chinchillas, like the Extra Dark Ebony chinchilla and Hetero Ebony chinchilla, come in the same cost range as the Black Velvet chinchilla. The adult chinchilla at around $100 and the baby chinchilla at around $200 to $250, is the basic cost range. Yes, no matter the breed, black chinchillas are indeed too expensive. 

Now that you know the price range of black chinchilla, don’t get fooled by any breeder like some ignorant chinchilla enthusiast. 

Name Recommendations for your Black Chinchillas

Types of Black ChinchillasTypes of Black Chinchillas
  • Ninja
  • Espresso
  • Oreo
  • Luna
  • Shadow
  • Graphite
  • Nightfall
  • Aurora
  • Midnight
  • Blackberry

Final Words 

I know black chinchillas are the cutest and the softest puffballs, but they need extensive care too. Don’t just be enamored by their looks, and pay attention to all their needs once you get one for yourself at home. Also black color absorbs a lot more heat than any other color, so be sure to look after their temperature needs at all times.

Chinchillas in general, are susceptible to high temperatures, not mention, the black ones. Also, having a unique coat doesn’t always mean a unique personality. Despite being black, they are still shy and timid little creatures like the other chinchillas.

At the end of the day, the coat color of a chinchilla does not affect its personality, just like humans. You can always choose any chinchilla color you like, which is available at your breeder. Just be sure to take proper care of your pet and ensure it lives a long and healthy life.