Beaver, which was once native to Europe, is now found only in North America in quantity. It is an aquatic animal with shiny guard hair and soft, exceptionally thick underfur. The color range is wide. It may be dark brown on the back, shading to pale golden brown on the sides, or the entire fur may be pale or even silvery. The best beaver comes from Canada, the northern US, and Alaska.| Northern beaver wears longest. Beaver is used both natural and plucked and sheared.
Natural beaver : doesn't resemble the sheared beaver with which most of us are familiar. The look is entirely different. Watch for long guard hairs that give the fur a lustrous sheen. Natural beaver is ideal for men's hats and coats because of the rugged look. It also makes striking casual wear for both men and women. Natural beaver is a durable fur.
Sheared beaver : beaver fur with the longer fur plucked and sheared to leave the velvety, soft pile of the undercoat.