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Winter is here and it is time to bring out your winter clothes and shop for fur jackets to keep you warm, comfortable and fashionable during the cold season. Every clothing store will offer fur coats and accessories during this season. To help you choose wisely and narrow down your choices, here are some tips that you can follow:

Consider wear and tear. Among the many types of fur, the otter, raccoon, beaver, mink, sable, fox and bear are on the top of the list when it comes to durability. They may be more expensive compared to rabbit and squirrel fur but you can expect to use them for a very long time.

Consider the process it went through. Fur that is dyed in acid loses its durability by 5 to 10 percent. Fur cutting, on the other hand, increases the durability of the fur by 20 to 40 percent.

Consider its beauty and comfort. Chinchilla is a favorite among fur fanatics due to its soft and plush feel. Sable, fox, mink, marten, beaver, otter, bear and wolf are next in line. Rabbit fur is also soft and warm but it does not provide the elegance and glamour that the above mentioned fur offers. If you are on a budget and you are not planning to keep your fur until the next season, you can try rabbit or hare fur.

Designer label or not. The price of a fur jacket varies depending on what animal fur was used and if it carries a designer label. There are a lot of fur coats available in the market that do not carry designer labels but are equally stylish and durable. You just have to make sure to touch and feel the fur to ensure that you are getting a quality fur coat.

Quality fur lasts for a very long time. If you want your fur to last for years, you have to give it some tender loving care. Adding too much pressure on your fur can damage the fabric. Avoid sitting on it in the car and minimize using shoulder bags as these exert pressure on the fur. Use only professional cleaning services when cleaning your fur as they know how to care for fur clothing perfectly without causing damage. You may also use special oils to keep your pelts in great condition for a longer time. You will have a long-term relationship with your fur coat as long as you give it some respect and care.