Angoras look and behave differently from normal ferrets, and some veterinarians consider them a sub species. As you know, their fur is very long, but there are many other differences as well. |
For example, they have no undercoat! This is why their tails sometimes may not have very much hair on them. Nothing's wrong, it's just the way Angoras are.
Another major difference is their cleft nose, which you can see a picture of on the right. It is a bit turned up, pointed, and short. They have a lot of hair in the nostrils also.
The information included here is typical of our angora ferrets, and their behavior, as they have been bred for good temperament. We have not noted any defects or health issues related to the angoras we breed. However, that is not to say that there are no angoras that bite and none that have health issues out there, being bred by someone. Some people are claiming to sell "angoras" from Canadian bloodlines and other sources, but these appear to be just longer coated regular ferrets, possibly from stock raised for fur. If you are wanting a full angora, then you will want the cleft nose, and one from stock carefully bred for temperament and health. Although we are by no means a "mill," we do have enough ferrets to maintain genetic diversity and continue our breeding program to obtain new colors and variations without inbreeding.
Angoras change a lot over the course of their lives. As babies, they often look completely different than when they become adults! As small kits, their fur isn't very long yet, but their cleft nose and different fur type clearly shows that they are full Angoras. As they get to be a larger kit, their fur starts to get longer, but their nose sometimes doesn't look as cute at that age and is longer. When they become adults their fur gets extremely long and their nose then becomes adorable.
Notice the picture to the right. In it, there is Zoom with his two granddaughters. When he was a small kit he looked somewhat like them, and look at him now!
What is the personality of an angora ferret like?
Angoras move and behave differently from normal ferrets, and are very endearing to their owners. Even if they were not especially lovely to look at, their personality would be a winner. Great fur and the personality to match is a great combination.
Do angoras require more care than a regular ferret?
Angora ferrets are intelligent, and make excellent pets. They do not require more coat care than regular ferrets under most circumstances. The coat is shorter in summer and longer in the winter. Their shedding is not intense, due to the lack of an undercoat. Angora Ferrets need a diet high in protein and nutrition, just like regular coated ferrets.
Why do angoras cost more than regular ferrets?
Angoras are not bred by breeding an angora male to an angora female, but carriers of the gene, so production will be one or two to a litter carrying the gene. Angora females are excellent mothers, they just can't raise their young once they give birth. The female angoras are poorly endowed by nature to lactate sufficiently to nourish their young, so they must be carefully fostered to a normal coated ferret who has just given birth within an hour after the kits are born. Please note that no regular kits are ever destroyed at our farm when their mom becomes a foster mom. We plan when doing our breeding so as to have some excellent foster moms to have small litters. The temperament of the foster mom affects the temperament of the fostered kits, so we select the best female ferrets to be foster moms well in advance of the breeding cycle. The higher price reflects the scarecity of the angoras, the demand, and the higher production costs.
How do I order one?
Please refer to the Ferrets For Sale
Are angoras sold spayed or neutered, and descented?
Yes, all angoras that we sell are either spayed or neutered, and they may be descented if requested.
There is a lot of misinformation about Angora Ferrets, in part because
they are so new to the USA and few people own them at present. The best
way to learn more about our angoras is to let us put you into contact
with one of our frequent customers that have first hand experience with
angoras. As always, you may contact us for more information.