Muskrats have two layers of fur; a shorter underlayer which keeps them warm and a longer top coat or guardhair which is longer. Muskrat is dyed often but the natural color is brown with lighter shades of brown to gray under the chin. Fur breakage and wear is common in Muskrat as it ages and is usually noticed along the cuff edges, opening edges, the elbows, and the back area that makes contact with chairs when sitting. Throughout history Muskrat has been sheared and dyed to look like seal being termed Hudson Seal. Muskrat has also been crafted and colored to look like Mink being termed Mink dyed Muskrat. In recent history Muskrat has been sheared and dyed all sorts of vibrant and bright colors. The guardhair is a bit more coarse than the underfur but the underfur when sheared feels very soft. Furriers sometimes do their best to cut Muskrat pelts square but when not squared a zig zag pattern of the pelts can be seen in Muskrat fur garments.