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BEAVER

Natural: Lustrous long guard hairs with a thick underfur. Sheared: Velvety texture that is soft and evenly sheared. More expensive than natural beaver because the top of the fur is sheared to expose the underfur. Very durable and often dyed in fashionable colors.

CHINCHILLA

Dense soft fure that is short with lustrous slate blue guard hairs with a dark underfur. More rare than Sable and a challenge to manufacture. No fur is softer. Requires a lot of care.

COYOTE

Long-haired fur with thick, soft underfur. Most popular colors are pale gray and tan. Very durable. Typically used for men's garments.

ERMINE

Extremely silky white guard hairs with a dense underfur. The fur of European royalty, Ermine is rare and expensive.

FISHER

Unusual long-haired wild North American fur. Silky brown to blackish tone guard hairs with a thick underfur. Very durable low-key prestigeous fur.

FITCH

Long guard hairs over lightly-colored underfur. Pale beige to orange tones, with black markings. Similar to mink.

FOX

Long lustrous guard hairs with a soft thick underfur. The widest range of natural colors with the exception of mink. Fox varieties include silver, cross, crystal, blue, red, gray and white. Can also be dyed in a wide variety of colors. The second-most popular fur garment sold in North America.

LAMB

Broadtail: Natural flat moiré pattern. Natural colors include black, brown and gray. Often dyed in more exotic colors. Lightweight, flat, shiney and sleek fabric with a slight wave. Mongolian: Very long, wavy, silky guard hairs. Natural color is off-white, but often dyed. The flashiest of furs and the only long-haired curly fur. Mouton: Closely sheared for a soft, thick, flat fur. Persian: Flat silky curls. Natural colors are black, brown and gray. (Also, see Shearling)

LYNX

Canadian: Creamy white tones with characteristic darker markings. Russian: Soft white very long-haired fur with very subtle beige markings. The whiter the fur, the higher the value.

MARTEN

American: Long silky guard hairs with a dense underfur. Color ranges from blue-brown to dark brown. Baum: Softer, silkier and shinier than American Marten. A soft, gold color between golden sable and gold-dyed mink. Stone: Thick soft guard hairs with a bluish-brown cast and pale underfur. The finest Marten.

MINK

Soft and lightweight with lustrous guard hairs and dense, soft underfur. Primarily farm-raised, mink remains the most popular fur worldwide. 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.

MUSKRAT

Full and thick with a black stripe and a pale beige side. Often sheared for a lightweight sporty feel. New Jersey: Lighter in weight with contrasting colors. Northern: Strong, longer guard hairs and heavy, thick underfur. Southern: Flatter with little underfur, usually pale in color.

NUTRIA

A wild fur, usually from North or South America. Similar to beaver and typically sheared for a sporty, more lightweight feel. The underfur is very soft and plush. A popular fur for linings and trims, it is frequently dyed in a variety of colors.

OPOSSUM

Usually woolly and coarse, used as a raincoat liner and men's garments. American: Long and silvery black-tipped guard hairs with thick underfur. Australian: Short, dense, plush-like fur. Colors range from yellow-gray to natural brown.

OTTER

A mid-length wild fur with extremely shiny coat that is typically used for men's garments.

PONYSKIN

Calfskin that is used as a flat, shiny fur for skirts, suits and outerwear.

RABBIT

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

RACCOON

Long gray / black guard hairs with silvery tips over a woolly, dense underfur. Very durable. Finn: Long, thick, tan guard hairs with black tips and dense underfur.

SABLE

Long, luxurious guard hairs with dense underfur. Very lightweight. Russian: Brown with a silver cast, it is the most expensive fur, especially when there is an abundance of silver hairs. Silky quality and very lightweight. Canadian Golden: In amber tones, somewhat less expensive than Russian Sable. Very durable.

SHEARLING

Natural lamb pelts with the leather side sueded or leatherized. Lightweight and worn on the outside with the fur on the inside.

SQUIRREL

Short, soft guard hairs with a flatter, dense underfur. Very lightweight, usually dyed. Rarely seen in North America. Soft and supple.

TANUKI

Also known as Japanese Raccoon. Very long guard hairs and a full texture. The coloring is a light amber brown with dark, distinctive markings.

WEASEL

Also known as Chinese Mink. Similar looking to mink with short guard hairs and a semi-dense underfur.

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