Some White Mosaic Chinchilla give people the illusion that their hair is all gray, but if you look closely, their undercoat is white. But most of them can be distinguished. The scientific name of the White Mosaic Chinchilla is the South American Chinchilla.
The White Mosaic Chinchilla is very docile and lively, likes to jump around, active, and full of curiosity. He sniffs and bites every new thing first. White Mosaic Chinchilla have an average life span of 15 to 20 years and do not have any active aggressiveness. They only run away or pee at the enemy when they encounter an enemy. When they fight each other, they often stand face to face and pee with each other.
Since the white genetic gene cannot exist in the homozygous form, the genotype of the White Mosaic Chinchilla is a white genetic gene plus a standard gray genetic gene. However, the white genetic gene can be combined with other dominant or recessive genetic genes, and the offspring will more or less show white on the body, especially at the end of the tail. The vast majority of white chinchillas will have gray hairs, which are affected by the standard gray genetic gene, and the gray distribution of each white chinchilla is different, and some are symmetrical on the face. Some of the beautiful patterns are gray all over with a white tail. We call this chinchilla with white and gray fur at the same time as White Mosaic. Some chinchillas are pure white, called Pure White or Wilson White. Although they are rare and precious, they are definitely not pure pink white (Albino White) because the eyes are still black, but the standard gray genetic gene is not in the coat color. That’s all.
Morphological Characteristics of White Mosaic Chinchilla
The ideal weight of an adult male White Mosaic Chinchilla should be between 400-500g, and the ideal female weight should be between 450-800g. The average body length is about 23cm, and the tail length is about 11cm.
The newly born White Mosaic Chinchilla cubs weigh about 50 grams. The White Mosaic Chinchilla has a pair of large, bright eyes, with many beards of varying lengths on the side of the nose, and is sensitive to touch. The ears are large, thin, blunt and round. The forelimbs are short, with five toes, the hind limbs are strong, with four toes, good at jumping. The hair on the back and sides of the White Mosaic Chinchilla is gray-black (and some other artificially cultivated colors), the abdomen gradually fades to white, and the body hair is evenly distributed. The White Mosaic Chinchilla has the densest fur in the world, with 40 to 60 hairs per pore, and as many as 80 in the United States, which has the best provenance (cats and dogs only have 1 to 3 hairs per pore). But such a soft and thick fur also brought a nightmare of almost extinction to the White Mosaic Chinchilla.
Most of the White Mosaic Chinchillas are gray, followed by beige, velvet black, and some special colors will even appear after generations or several generations. The International White Mosaic Chinchillas are divided into 17 colors, but Since the coat color of the Chinchilla is mainly controlled by seven different allele genes, according to the color separation in the United States, there are 7 basic colors of the Chinchilla, and the combination of these seven allele genes can develop at least 20 kinds The above coat colors, so the White Mosaic Chinchilla actually has more than 17 colors.
In fact, there are many color names for White Mosaic Chinchilla, and there are often many differences between Chinese and English translations, which can confuse people. The name in the United States is also different from that in Hong Kong. In the United States, Brown, Tan, and Pastel all refer to the same color, but they have different names for different shades. The name of beige is hetero beige, gold is homo beige, and Pure White Also known as Wilson White and so on.