Beige Color Changes
These are all photos of the same chin, a few days old to 8 months. She is out of a pinkwhite female and a black velvet male. Some chinchillas change color drastically between birth and two years. It is tied to the genetic lineage and offspring will have the same tendancy to change colors.
3 days old, see the white ring? She had a brown velvet brother that was born with a facial mask.
At three weeks of age. She is on the left, her Brown Velvet brother on the right. You can see she is starting to get "spots".
5 weeks of age, getting more veiling.
6 weeks, getting some very dark spots.
8 weeks, she is filling in very nicely.
Three months, she is most definitely a brown velvet! Leaves me wondering why she wasn't also born with a mask.
She has very white underfur, and spotting where her veil is darkening. This is the first time I have ever seen spotting in a non-ebony chin. To see more about spotting, check the Tan Changes page.
Here she is at 8 months of age. She has a very dark full veil with no breaking from nose to tail. Her tail is very white for a beige animal.
You can see that her underfur is no longer white. I am very curious to see if she throws white kits when bred. If so, she is the most heavily marked Tov Pinkwhite I have ever seen.