Petkeen is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commision. Learn More

Angora Ferret Breed Info: Pictures, Temperament & Traits

Nicole Cosgrove

Height: 18-24 inches
Weight: 1.5-4.5 pounds
Lifespan: 5-9 years
Colors: Albino, black, black sable, champagne, sable, chocolate, cinnamon, white
Suitable for: Children, families
Temperament: Playful, intelligent, curious

A Swedish breeder created the Angora ferret mostly by accident when they noticed that many of their ferrets had extra hair on their back legs. He sold his pack of furry ferrets to a fur farm who further developed them into the Angora ferrets available today. They have more hair in the winter than the summer, but it’s always noticeably longer than a standard ferrets coat. However, other than the coat, these ferrets are like any other.

divider-rodent

Angora Ferret – Before You Buy…

Angora ferret baby 6 weeks_Yasmins world_shutterstock
Image Credit: Yasmins world, Shutterstock
Energy
Shedding
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Angora Ferrets?

An Angora ferret will usually cost between $65 and $250. The color you choose can significantly increase the cost, and more experienced and reputable breeders will charge more than one who is less experienced. Because Angora ferrets are rare, you may have difficulty finding one in your area, so travel costs may also be an issue. It’s also important to note that ferrets are illegal in California and Hawaii due to concerns about them becoming feral and threatening local wildlife. It may be unlawful in some counties, so it’s best to check with your local authorities before making a purchase.

divider-multiprint3 Little-Known Facts About the Angora Ferret

1. Bred for their fur

Ferrets were originally bred for their fur and didn’t become pets until much later.

2. Angora Ferret was a mistake

The Angora Ferret is mostly the product of a fur farm.

3. Make sure not to spay or neuter too early

It takes a full year for their hormones to develop, so spaying or neutering a ferret too early can shorten their lifespan.

Temperament & Intelligence of the Angora Ferret

angora ferret portrait studio_Couperfield_shutterstock
Image Credit: Couperfield, Shutterstock

Ferrets each have a unique personality, much like cats and dogs, and they are very playful with nearly unlimited energy. They are inquisitive and like to explore your home to find hiding spots and toys. You will need to keep a close eye on them because they can quickly go missing, only to reappear several hours later looking for food.

Angora ferrets are extremely intelligent and have good memories. They form strong bonds with their owners and any family members, and they enjoy snuggling and like when you carry them. They are extremely nimble and are great climbers.

Are These Ferrets Good for Families? 👪

Angora ferrets make great family pets. They are extremely outgoing and love attention. It loves to play games and will figure out ways to get attention if they feel like you are ignoring it. Children will enjoy carrying it around, and they are not aggressive and will not bite unless you scare them or pull their hair.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Your Angora ferret should get along great with other ferrets, but we advise against keeping them with dogs, cats, or rodents. Some dog breeds will not bother with the ferret, and they will get along great, while others have a hunting instinct that can quickly become dangerous. Cats will almost certainly hunt them and go to great lengths to stalk and pounce. Like the cat, ferrets are carnivores and will likely hunt and kill and rodents you might have.

divider-ferret

Things to Know When Owning an Angora Ferret:

rare albino angora ferret_Sergei Avdeev_shutterstock
Image Credit: Sergei Avdeev, Shutterstock

Here is a list of things to consider before purchasing an Angora ferret.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Ferrets are carnivores, so you will need to feed them a diet high in animal proteins and low carbohydrates. The most popular way to feed an Angora ferret is to use high-quality dry cat food with plenty of protein. Chicken and turkey breasts are a great treat to balance out the diet of dry kibble. You can also give them a small number of cat treats.

Exercise 🐕

A ferret does not require going outside for walks the way dogs do, but they will need at least two hours of playtime each day. The best way to provide this activity is to allow them free run of the house to explore and enjoy themselves. You can also throw balls and let them play with cat toys. However, you’ll need to supervise them because their play can become quite aggressive, and they will easily tear up most toys in a single sitting, and they could swallow parts of it.

Training 🎾

Ferrets are intelligent and easy to train to use a litter box, much like a cat. They will also quickly learn their way around your home and recognize your voice and know what certain things mean by your voice’s tone, like when it’s time to play and when playtime is over. You can also train them to become accustomed to certain things, like hair brushing and nail clipping, with patience and practice.

angora ferret portrait studio 1_Couperfield_shutterstock
Image Credit: Couperfield, Shutterstock

Grooming ✂️

Your Angora ferret will need a moderate amount of maintenance that’s slightly more than a standard ferret.

  • Brushing

Ferrets do not shed, but you will still need to brush them often with a soft-bristled comb or brush to help spread their natural oils and remove any tangles or knots. Once a week or so should be more than enough unless you notice a tangle forming.

  • Ears

Angora has plenty of nooks and crannies in their ears that can hide all types of dirt and parasites. Fleas love to hide here, which can make the ears sensitive. It’s important to clean the ears at least once a month carefully with a cotton swab. Brown wax is good, but a dark black wax is a sign of a parasite.

  • Nails

Angora nails are very long and sharp. They can damage your skin and your furniture, so you will likely want to trim them back. You’ll trim the nails like you would a cat, but it will take some time to get your pet into the habit as they do not like their feet held. A ritual of petting them while holding one paw is the recommended way to get them used to the process.

  • Tooth Brushing

Tooth brushing is also vital to help reduce the risk of dental disease. Once again, you will turn to cat products because it’s quite hard to find a ferret toothpaste, but several brands are suitable for cats that will work just fine. We recommend brushing at least once a month for best results.

  • Bathing

Ferrets have a distinct smell that will worsen if you don’t bathe them semi-frequently. They are very clean animals and will do most of the work for you, but you will need to perform monthly bathing to keep the odor at bay.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Here is a list of health conditions common to the Angora ferret you should know about before purchasing one.

Minor Conditions
  • Diarrhea – Your Angora ferret has a sensitive digestive system that is easily upset. Diarrhea is often one of the first signs of an underlying illness, but there are many other reasons diarrhea can occur. A change of diet, flea infestation, worms, viral infection, and allergies can all cause your pet to have diarrhea.
  • Vomiting – It’s also very common for your Angora ferret to vomit. Vomiting is often your ferret’s first line of defense to protect itself when it doesn’t like the food it eats or if it swallows a foreign object. It will also begin vomiting in a stressful environment, so it’s important to maintain a relaxed atmosphere in the vicinity of your pet.
Serious Conditions
  • Adrenal Disease – Adrenal disease is common in ferrets beyond two years of age, and early neutering may bring on the condition. The adrenal disease affects hormone production, and conditions can include hair loss, muscle atrophy, and thinning of the skin.
  • Cancer – Cancer is another big problem for the Angora ferret and ferrets in general, with Lymphoma being the most common type. It can affect the liver, spleen, bones, and digestive system of your pet, as well as the eyes, heart, kidneys, and central nervous system. The symptoms of Lymphoma include vomiting, lethargy, bloody stools, and inflamed skin.

Male vs Female

Male Angora ferrets tend to be slightly more aggressive than females, and they tend to produce more territory marking. Otherwise, they are very similar in size, weight, and personality.

divider-food

Final Thoughts

Angora ferrets make great pets and companions. They are fun to watch and play with and are like cats in many ways. Their nails may tear up your furniture and leave you with a scratch or two, but with a little care and maintenance, they will provide you with many years of joy.

We hope you have enjoyed our look into these interesting pets and have found the answers to any question you had. If we have convinced you to give one a try in your home, please share this guide to the Angora ferret on Facebook and Twitter.


Featured image credit: Couperfield, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.