Adopting a chinchilla is an exciting experience.
That’s for sure.
Finding a reputable, local, and trustworthy chinchilla breeder is one of the first tasks you will need to complete and likely very soon if you are certain a chinchilla is a pet for you.
Don’t worry, it’s not all that difficult.
In addition to finding one of the best chinchilla breeders, you also have other important considerations and tasks that need to be completed before your first day arriving home with your new chinchillas.
Luckily, I plan to break down both topics in-depth and get you squared away.
First, let’s discuss what will be in this post and how to navigate the information.
The links below will take you to any section of this post that you need or desire to learn more about.
Regardless of where you are in the process and what information you need, I wanted to ensure I helped as many future chinchilla owners as possible.
Right below the table of contents you see below, I’ve compiled a list of a vast majority of the chinchilla breeders available to you based on the state.
I’ve provided the name of the chinchilla breeder below as well.
Simply copy the name and state of the breeder into google, and you should easily be able to view them on google maps, view their website or inquire based on the information provided.
Here’s what we will cover in this post today (Don’t forget that all the chinchilla breeder information is below)
- The Best Chinchilla Breeders by State
- Choosing A Chinchilla Breeder Vs. Using A Pet Store
- The Story of My Chinchilla Adoption
- Ensuring You Find The Best Chinchilla Breeder Possible
- How Many and What Colors of Chinchillas Do They Offer?
- Were the Chinchilla Cages Well Maintained and Clean?
- Any Signs of Illness or Injury?
- Considerations to Tackle Before the Chinchilla Adoption
- Purchase Your Chinchilla Cage in Advance
- Get Your Accessories, Food and Bedding in Order
- Mentally Prepare for Bringing Your Chinchilla Home
- Final Thoughts
Best Chinchilla Breeders Near You by State
|Best Chinchilla Breeders By Name||Alabama|
|Jo Lynnes Adorable Chinchillas||Arizona|
|4- Ever Chinchillas||California|
|Chin Colores Ranch||California|
|Chin Niche Ranch||California|
|The Criddle Chins||California|
|Villa De Chinchilla||California|
|Cuddle Bug Chinchillas||Colorado|
|Crooked Acres Chinchillas||Connecticut|
|Mt. Martin Chinchillas||Connecticut|
|Chinchilla's Galore South Florida||Florida|
|Bellamy Chilla Farm||Georgia|
|Big Daddy's Chinchillas||Georgia|
|Gold Heart Chinchillas||Georgia|
|Barney Js Chinchillas||Illinois|
|Terry & Kelly||Louisiana|
|Purple Twilite Chins||Maryland|
|J and J Chinchillas||Massachusetts|
|TJs chilla villa||Massachusetts|
|Kansas City Chinchillas||Missouri|
|The Chinchilla Village||Missouri|
|Las Vegas Chinchillas||Nevada|
|Vegas Valley Chinchillas||Nevada|
|Leonard Lucenti||New Jersey|
|Mt. Zion Chinchillas||New Jersey|
|ADIRONDACK CHINCHILLAS||New York|
|Cedar River Chins||New York|
|Cinzias Chinchilla Ranch||New York|
|Crissys Chins||New York|
|DeMille Chinchillas||New York|
|For The Love of Chinchillas||New York|
|Humble Acres Chinchillas||New York|
|Strattons Chinchillas||New York|
|Jason H. Vickers||North Carolina|
|Tiffany's Exotic Pets||North Carolina|
|Buckeye Country Chins||Ohio|
|Double Chins Chinchillas||Ohio|
|Shoots Chinchilla Ranch||Ohio|
|All Things Chin||Pennsylvania|
|Chinchillas For Pets||Pennsylvania|
|Country Chin Haven||Pennsylvania|
|East Coast Chins||Pennsylvania|
|Lucky Mountain Chinchillas||Pennsylvania|
|The Chinchilla Club House||Pennsylvania|
|Chinchillas Rhode Island||Rhode Island|
|East TN Chins||Tennessee|
|My Little Chinchillas||Tennessee|
|Eyes Of Texas Chinchillas||Texas|
|Lone Star Chinchilla||Texas|
|Lone Star Snuggle Buddies||Texas|
|Chitter Chatter Chinchillas||Utah|
|Pacific Northwest Chinchillas||Washington|
|Cindy Pantalone||West Virginia|
|Amanda Pratt||West Virginia|
|Gods little babies||Wisconsin|
Okay, now that you have all the information and options on where to purchase your chinchilla and which breeder may be best for you, let’s not forget to cover all the basics and essential items.
Reading my other recommendations will only further prepare you to ethically provide the best care for your chinchilla as well as understand what kind of behavior you can expect from your chinchilla when you arrive home.
Here are the details you need to know.
Choosing A Chinchilla Breeder Vs. Using A Pet Store
A lot of people ask this question.
I see it in online communities all the time. It’s tough to know if you should purchase your first chinchilla or any chinchilla for that matter from a pet store or from a breeder.
Here’s the deal.
Try for a breeder first.
If you don’t have one locally, there is nothing wrong with going with a pet store.
Several different pet stores typically will be able to get a chinchilla for you or may already have one ready.
Typically, Pet Smart and Petco are the two major pet store chains that offer chinchillas for sale.
I’m sure you are also curious, why go for a breeder first?
This is just my opinion and what most other chinchilla owners would likely recommend as well.
The reason being is simple.
The breeder has raised your chinchilla since birth, and you can typically count on fewer chances of infection, illness or injury.
Not to mention, a chinchilla from a breeder is going to be much more socialized compared to a pet store chinchilla due to being in a separate cage.
Anytime you can land a chinchilla that’s already comfortable with humans, or other chinchillas is a win-win in my book.
Pet stores simply don’t have the time nor put in the effort to provide the best care possible to a young chinchilla.
Breeders are also going to be more knowledgeable on chinchillas in general.
You can ask plenty of questions on the day of the adoption, often get starter supplies and even find out crucial information such as bloodlines, behavior issues and meet the mother and father chinchilla.
Overall, if you want a more social, healthy, and ready to go chinchilla, always aim for choosing a local breeder first.
However, I do advocate for chinchillas so much that I still believe a pet store is perfectly fine if you don’t have any local breeders near you.
Lastly, do some homework before adopting your chin.
The Story of My Chinchilla Adoption
My breeder was fantastic, and part of the reason I’m laying out the recommendations for you in this manner.
She allowed me to stay for over an hour inside of a small playpen type set up just to get comfortable holding and sitting with my 1-year old female chin.
She basically gave me a full rundown on everything I needed to know and asked me several questions about my plans moving forward, such as the following:
- What room I intend on keeping my chinchilla in
- Where I plan to purchase my chinchilla toys, accessories and even food
- If I have plans to add a second chinchilla
I also got the chance to meet both parents and the other chinchillas that my chin was housed with.
You simply are not going to get this 1 on 1 time going to a pet store.
The chances of a pet store employee, knowing much of anything about a chinchilla and how to care for them is slim to none.
Trust me, I used to go to the pet store for accessories and realized I couldn’t get much help and just started ordering all my own stuff off Amazon after doing my diligent research.
In fact, it’s why Planet Chinchilla was born.
I knew that if I had such issues finding reliable information that surely others are in the same boat.
I’m not an expert on the population of chinchilla owners out there, but I’m assuming there are quite a few considering they are sold at typical pet stores.
The number of breeders across the country is also prevalent.
So, hopefully, this helps someone at some point understand how to get started with the adoption process.
Below, will be much more detailed information on some steps you can take to ensure you are getting the best information and best chinchilla possible.
Here’s what you need to do and what you need to know.
Ensuring You Have Found the Best Breeder Possible
Obviously, this is going to be a bit easier said than done.
Most of you aren’t going to have 15 different options for a reputable chinchilla breeder within a driving distance.
However, this doesn’t mean you won’t have 2-3 options in your state and that you shouldn’t do a bit of homework ahead of time.
Ask your breeders questions.
- How long have they been breeding chinchillas?
- What further information can they provide you with your chinchilla?
- How does their online presence look?
I’m not talking about having a flashy and fancy website, but are they at least capable of being found online?
All these things are relatively important.
15-20 years with proper care and love.
Why get into a situation with a chinchilla that may be questionable if all it took to avoid the issue was an extra 5 minutes of work on your end?
I’m not saying that a breeder will ever result in disaster, but what it could potentially come down to is a chinchilla that may be anti-social, previously abused, or just a headache all the way around.
Take 5 minutes and do a bit of digging before the adoption day.
That’s all I’m saying.
How Many and What Colors of Chinchillas Do They Offer?
Now is when the fun begins.
A breeder who doesn’t offer specific colors of chinchilla doesn’t make them any better or any worse.
However, it’s nice to inquire beforehand so that you know your options.
- What colors and different options do you have before you arrive?
- How many males and females do they have?
- What are the current ages of the chinchillas?
In my opinion, the younger, the better in most circumstances.
This gives you the opportunity to train them to be socialized from a young age, which is always best and allows you to explore other methods such as potty training your chinchilla to urinate in a litter pan if you begin at a young enough age.
If you need further information about the best litter pans to purchase, you can see my post here.
Additionally, you can view my post about the best chinchilla litter here in case that’s something you plan to try after the adoption.
Were the Chinchilla Cages Well Maintained and Clean?
This should be easy enough for you to recognize relatively quickly.
- What’s the environment like at the breeder you are adopting from?
- Do the cages seem as if they are cleaned correctly and frequently enough?
- Do the chinchillas seem well taken care of?
These are also significant indicators of who you are working with.
Take the time to walk around and get an idea of the environment your potential chinchilla has been raised in up to this point.
Once you get home, be sure to follow the same best practices.
If you need the information to get you started, start with my post about how often to clean a chinchilla cage here.
Any Signs of Illness or Injury?
This may be the most essential item on the checklist to double-check.
- Are any of the chins showing any signs of illness or injury?
- Are any overly lethargic?
- Do any have a large amount of fur missing from their coats?
Now, don’t get me wrong, in some situations, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for visually seeing something like this.
For instance, if you do notice a chin missing any fur, this doesn’t mean you are working with a bad or non-reliable breeder.
Many chinchilla breeders house multiple chinchilla in the same cage.
This isn’t always a friendship meant to last forever.
In many circumstances, 2 chinchillas who got along great for months can suddenly start playing rougher with another.
A more significant red flag is if you notice a chin with fur missing still sharing a cage with the chinchilla who caused it.
Typically, a responsible breeder will be sure to separate the two chinchillas once any harm has been caused to one another.
If the story adds up or makes sense to you, then just exercise your best judgment.
Considerations to Tackle Before the Chinchilla Adoption
Ok, let’s assume you have found the breeder you want to work with or chosen a chinchilla at the pet store, and everything is good to go.
You still have plenty of other considerations that you need to be ready for.
This ranges from having the room picked out in your home to where the cage will be kept all the way to the actual cage itself.
For starters, find the room your intend on keeping your chinchilla cage in.
This needs to be a room at the proper temperatures to avoid overheating.
You can read my post here about the best temperatures and humidity levels needed to keep a chinchilla protected and safe.
Purchase Your Chinchilla Cage in Advanced
The actual chinchilla cage is the only item that costs a decent amount of your budget, but luckily, it only needs to be purchased once.
I highly advise against using the cages provided by some of the breeders.
From my own experience and what I’ve read elsewhere, it seems common to offer cheap wire bottom chinchilla cages that aren’t very big.
Sure, if you want to use this for a week or two, that’s perfectly fine, but I highly recommend just purchasing your cage in advance and getting it set up to your liking.
My #1 recommendation to this date is still the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage (Link to Amazon)
You can read my full review of the Critter Nation 2 Cage Here.
It’s huge, budget-friendly, and checks all the boxes needed for a chinchilla.
If that’s not the cage you desire, you can also check out other recommendations I have by reading my post on the best chinchilla cages you can purchase here.
Surely, one of those cages will get the job done for you.
Get Your Accessories, Food and Bedding in Order
Don’t go adopt your chinchilla and then arrive home empty-handed without the items you need.
Get your bedding, accessories, toys, and even food in advance.
Perhaps, shoot an email to the breeder to inquire about which brand of food they are currently using.
No matter what, you will need the following items in the beginning:
- Bedding (See my post about the best chinchilla bedding here)
- Water Bottle (learn more about the best chinchilla water bottle here)
- Food Bowl
- Fleece Liners (recommended)
- Chinchilla toys and chew sticks (view post on best chinchilla toys here)
- Hay/ Timothy Hay (see post on the best hay for chinchillas here)
- Hay Feeder
- Hammock (Optional/ See my post on the best chinchilla hammocks here)
- Accessories (see my post on the best chinchilla cage accessories here)
Mentally Prepare for Bringing Your Chinchilla Home
Now that you have all your cage and accessories lined up, it’s time to prepare mentally.
I only have a few recommendations on this topic.
First, be careful in the beginning not to get overly touchy and cuddly with your new chinchilla.
In the first weeks, chinchillas typically just need time to sit inside their cage and adjust to the environment.
They typically don’t like to be held during these first weeks.
Next, as mentioned previously, ensure the temperatures are good to go.
Lastly, plan out your playtime with your chinchilla.
Ensure that you are leaving a few minutes each day to get your chinchilla out of the cage to move around and interact with you.
This does require chinchilla proofing the room in advance, such as covering all wires.
I highly recommend for beginners to purchase the Animal Pop-Up Playpen (Link to Amazon)
These are great for several reasons.
First, they are 100% safe, breathable, and comfortable for you and your chinchilla to interact in.
Secondly, they are much more enclosed, which forces your chinchilla to interact with you more, which ultimately builds a bond and friendship faster.
For a beginner, it’s just nice not fearing your chinchilla running off or getting hurt in a room that’s not safe.
Not to mention, if you have the chance to build the bond and gain your new chins trust early on, why wouldn’t you?
It seems like a no brainer to me personally.
At the end of the day, finding one of the best local chinchilla breeders near you won’t be that tough of a task.
Most of them are very reputable and excellent at what they do.
If you don’t have a chinchilla breeder locally, there is no harm or shame in adopting a furry chinchilla from the pet store.
Just make sure you have your list of items and your other preparations in gear and ready to go.
Adopting a chinchilla is fantastic.
They are affectionate and entertaining.
I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla.
Any further Recommendations You Can Share with The Readers?
Anyone reading having any further recommendations they would like to share to help everyone have a more prepared and smooth adoption process?
Be sure to share your stories, thoughts, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading.
Thanks again, and we will see you next time.