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Different Furs- Different Features

Fur Educational Materials Provided by the
Fur Information Council of America

Beaver Sheared: Soft, velvety texture, evenly sheared. Often dyed in new fashion colors. Very durable. Natural: Long, lustrous guard hairs over thick underfur.

Coyote
A long-haired fur, often pale gray or tan in color, with thick, soft underfur. Very durable.

Fox The widest range of natural colors of any fur except mink. Long, lustrous guard hairs with thick, soft underfur. Fox varieties include silver, cross, crystal, blue, red, gray and white. Can also be dyed in a wide variety of colors.

Mink Soft and lightweight with lustrous guard hairs and dense, soft underfur. Primarily farm raised, mink remains the most popular fur. Female pelts are smaller in size and have a softer, silkier feel than the larger male pelts. Mink can be dyed a wide range of colors and may be sheared for a sporty, casual look. Very durable fur.

Muskrat Fur is full and thick with a black stripe and pale beige sides. Often sheared for a sporty, lightweight feel. New Jersey: lighter in weight with contrasting colors. Northern: Strong, longer guard hairs and heavy, thick underfur. Often worked skin-on-skin. Southern: Flatter with little underfur, usually pale in color.

Nutria Similar to beaver, it is often sheared for a sporty, more lightweight feel. Underfur is very soft and plush. A popular fur for linings and trims. It is frequently dyed in a variety of colors.

Opossum American: Long, silvery black-tipped guard hairs with thick underfur, Australian: Short, dense, plush-like fur, with colors ranging from yel1ow- gray to natural brown.

Rabbit Generally medium length guard hairs in a variety of natural colors. Often sheared or grooved. Not very durable, sheds easily.

Raccoon Long gray/blackguard hairs with silvery tips over a woolly, dense underfur. Very durable fur.

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