Type of Fur

Select a type of fur to learn more about it:

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Beaver

Sheared: Soft, velvety texture, evenly sheared. Often dyed in new fashionable colors. Very durable. More expensive than long-haired (natural) beaver, because the top of the fur is sheared, exposing the underfur.
Natural: Long, lustrous guard hairs over thick underfur.

Chinchilla

A short, dense, soft fur with lustrous slate blue guard hairs and dark underfur. Difficult to manufacture, rarer than sable. Requires a lot of care, but nothing is softer than chinchilla.

Coyote

A long-haired fur, often pale gray or tan in color, with thick, soft underfur. Very durable. Usually used for men's garments.

Ermine

Very silky white guard hairs and a dense underfur. The fur of European royalty. Rare and expensive.

Fisher

An unusual wild long-haired fur from North America. Silky guard hairs in brown to blackish tones and thick underfur. Very durable. A low-key "prestige" fur.

Fitch

Long guard hairs over light colored underfur. Color ranges from pale beige to orange tones, with black markings. Very similar to mink.

Fox

Traditionally the second-most popular fur garment sold in North America. 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.

Lamb

Broadtail: A natural flat moiré pattern. Natural colors include brown, black and gray. Often dyed in more exotic colors. Sleek, lightweight, shiny and flat as fabric but with a slight wave.
Mongolian: Very long, wavy, silky guard hairs. It's natural color is off-white, but it is often dyed. The flashiest of furs, Mongolian Lamb is the only long-haired fur that is curly.
Mouton: Pelts are sheared closely for a soft, thick, flat fur.
Persian: From karakul sheep raised in Central Asia to Southwest Africa. Fur features flat silky curls. Natural colors are black, brown and gray.

Lynx

Canadian: Displays creamy white tones with characteristic darker markings.
Russian: The widest and softest of this very long-haired fur with very subtle beige markings. The whiter the fur, the higher the value.

Marten

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

Mink

The most popular of all furs sold worldwide. 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 sporty, casual look. Very durable.

Muskrat

Full and thick with a black stripe and a pale beige side. 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

A wild fur, usually from North or South America. Similar to beaver, it is often 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 and used as a raincoat liner or for a men's garments.
American: Long, silvery black-tipped guard hairs with thick underfur.
Australian: Short, dense, plush-like fur, with colors ranging from yellow-gray to natural brown.

Otter

A mid-length wild fur with extremely shiny coat. Usually reserved for men's garments.

Ponyskin

Calfskin. 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, 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, yet 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 and worn on the outside with the fur on the inside. Lightweight and fashionable.

Squirrel

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

Tanuki

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

Weasel

Similar looking to mink, with short guard hairs and a semi-dense underfur. Also referred to as "Chinese mink".

About

The Fur Outlet is a family business that sells directly to you and your family. We are the first to change our family tradition of manufacturing for large companies, and instead we're manufacturing for you!Our family has been in the manufacturing business for over 150 years, starting with our ancestors in the city of Kastoria, in northern Greece. We are the third generation to make quality furs in America.

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