Standard Gray or Naturalle
Standards, also called Grey or Naturalle can vary from a light even gray to a dark black top but always have a white belly. For show, a crisp white belly is expected. The bluer the coat appears the better. Red tinting and a yellow cast to the fur is frowned upon.
In the last 10 years darker standards have become very popular and it has made finding a quality light standard very difficult.
In October of 2011 I had the opportunity to photograph a herd of 800+ chinchillas that were being sold. This gives me the opportunity to share photos of all different shapes, sizes and colors of standards with you.
This is a very light standard, but not a true extra light as it does have a clear veil, the veil is very light becuase it is modified by this chinchilla being a carrier of both violet and sapphire.
This chinchilla is very similar to the one above. Either a sapphire carrier or a dual carrier, just slightly darker on top.
This is a true light standard, she is a pure standard and does not carry any other genetics. I am happy to say she is living out the rest her years with me. She was born in 2006.
This is a Light Medium Standard if classified according to MCBA. You can see the start of a veil along the top of the back.
Another Light Medium Standard with slightly more pronounced veiling.
Medium Standard where veil goes nose to tail and is nice and black.
This one would probably be classified as a Medium Dark, the veiling is solid over the back and coming down the sides.
A solid Medium Dark standard, may be a dark when it is full grown. That line in the fur across the hip is called a priming Line.
A lovely Dark Standard with a pure white belly and a great top. This chin would do very well at show.
Another very large dark standard. This one did do well at show, color champion I believe. The fur would be very smooth and dark if the chin was not Priming.
Extra dark standard male with a bright white belly.
Extra Dark Standard male from Tiffanyschinchillas.com. Tiffany breeds for much darker standards than I do, so I asked for a photo of one of hers.