Domestic ferret

Domesticated from the European polecat, once bred for hunting, now as a pet

Craig M. Groshek

Domestic ferrets have been bred for various coats with different colors and patterns covering their long and slender body. The most common coat colors are silver, sable, black, dark-eyed white, albino, chocolate, and cinnamon.

Some patterns are Siamese, Shetland, panda, badgers, and blazes. They all have large canine teeth and five non-retractable claws on each foot.

They are most active during dawn and dusk and spend 14 to 18 hours daily sleeping. However, these ferrets often change their habit to match the time when their owners are around and give them attention. What a considerate pet! They are also friendly towards other pets, such as dogs and cats.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Africa
2023
Asia
2023
Australia
2023
Europe
2023
North America
2023
South America
2023

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No