Pedigree vs. Registry – Is There a Difference?

Pedigree vs. Registry – Is There a Difference?

Very similar to many owners of purebred animals, some chinchilla pet owners want proof that the animal they purchased is a quality animal so they ask for a pedigree. This is a great start except that a pedigree is no assurance of quality. A pedigree simply states the...
Building a Baby Nursery

Building a Baby Nursery

By Joanne Craner (Craner Family Ranch) Last month we mentioned the use of a baby nursery in our article about hand feeding babies. We had an inquiry regarding the “nursery” and decided to share with you an example of one that you can build yourself. We use nurseries...
GENETICS – Dr. Cara Beasley, Ph.,D. Part 1 of 2

GENETICS – Dr. Cara Beasley, Ph.,D. Part 1 of 2

Basic Terminology – In most animals there are two copies of every gene, one from the dam and one from the sire.  These genes can either be the standard (wild type), or a mutation.  Multiple sets of genes determine the coat color in chinchillas.  All the colors...
Recognizing Fur Patterns

Recognizing Fur Patterns

Fur Patterns are something that we saw a lot of 30 + years ago. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What is a fur pattern? A fur pattern is a disturbance in the smooth flow of the fur. As a judge, when we talk about good texture, we are talking about the look of the...