Welcome to the website for Etherdale Chinchillas, owned and run by Eddie and Richard Crutchley. We are based in the United Kingdom, near Manchester, in the North-west of England, and we have an established herd of top quality chinchillas.

Site updated 15th March 2012. Please click 'refresh' on your browser toolbar to update pages.


Winner of the Standard Breeders Award at every show attended since 2001, numbering 54 in a row

From the last 3 season (September 2008-March 2012) - 21 shows exhibited at, winning:-

         21 x 1st Standard Breeders Awards

         19 x 1st Mutation Breeders Awards

         17 x Grand Show Champions

         17 x Reserve Grand Show Champions.

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Our ranch brand is ED, short for Etherdale, a name formed from a combination of the river and valley in which we live.

EDN055, a young standard male, 2004 National Show Champion

For more about us and our herd, please see the 'About Us' section of this website. many UK chinchillas will have the letters ED prefacing animals in their pedigrees, and this is a testiment to the hard work and high overall quality of our herd.

Our aims and objectives are to breed the best chinchillas possible in line with the guidelines set down by our national body, the National Chinchilla Society (NCS).

We breed our chinchillas to be healthy, strong, with good vitality and longevity, and also to be animals of true class and beauty.

EDN034, a young Black Velvet female, Show Champion in November 2003

Our chinchillas are particularly noted as being clear and blue in colour, together with having plushy, silky-strong stand up fur quality. We have also managed to breed chinchillas with strong conformation (shape), often having our animals refered to as 'Brevi type' by our continental and American chinchilla friends.


EDN050, a young Wilson White, Reserve Best Mutation, February 2004

Chinchillas were initially imported into the United kingdom in the 1950's and 1960's for the fur industry, but we breed our chinchillas ONLY to exhibit and promote the species in its most beautiful form.


The pictures on this webpage are of three successful chinchillas in the 2003/04 season.

Although our interests are in breeding chinchillas with beautiful fur, we are not in any way involved with the fur industry, in line with current UK legislation.

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