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Where to Buy a Pet Ferret? (Plus Overview of the Best Places)

Hallie Roddy

They may be a little unorthodox, but those who have owned ferrets know what amazing companions these animals make. Ferrets are affectionate, hyper, and mischievous. While purchasing one isn’t always cheap, it is worth it to invest your money in a place that focuses on your ferret’s health.

divider-birdHow Much Do Ferrets Cost?

Ferrets can cost anywhere from $100 to $500, depending on who you buy them from. At a typical pet store like Petco, you’ll probably pay around $150 before food, enclosures, toys, and vet trips. However, reputable breeders often cost more because they breed responsibly and have fewer health problems as they age.

ferret on white sheets
Image Credit: christels, Pixabay

Where Can I Buy a Ferret?

There are only a select few places that buying a ferret is both possible and ethical. Let’s take a look at some of the most common places where ferrets are sold.

Local Pet Stores

Most people looking for a new pet ferret end up at a local pet store. This is probably the most obvious choice, and you can almost guarantee that there will be one for sale within 100 miles from where you live. This option also allows you to meet the ferrets and get to know their personalities before taking them home. They are also handled more frequently and are more likely to adapt to you when they come home.

Potential Retail Stores

  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Independently owned pet shops

Local Shelters

You’d be surprised how many ferrets are up for adoption at your local animal shelter. These animals are often purchased without proper research on how much care these animals require. Adopting from a shelter ensures that you are taking care of an animal in need as well as getting an animal who is up to date on their vet visits and vaccines. You might even have ferret rescue groups near your area.

black footed ferret
Image Credit: Kerry Hargrove, shutterstock

Finding Local Humane Societies

  • ASPCA
  • Ferret Rescues
  • Petfinder

Internet Breeders

While not all internet sites are a safe option, it is a good option for connecting with reputable breeders near you. Only ever work with breeders that can offer a health guarantee and their genetic history.

If you decide to go with an independent breeder, make sure that you do not buy from a ferret mill or similar environment where they are mass bred and tend to have many health concerns. Small, independent breeders are your best option when buying online. Keep in mind that you will always have to make the trip to pick up the ferret in person. This allows you to check on the animal and facility before taking them home and reduces the amount of stress for them.

ferret standing in the grass
Image Credit: Michael Sehlmeyer, Pixabay

Potential Online Ferret Breeders

  • Happy Dookers Ferretry
  • Path Valley Farm
  • Mi Corazon Ferrets

Should You Buy a Baby or Adult Ferret?

Baby ferrets require more time with their owners, the same as a new kitten or puppy would. They need to be potty trained and learn some basic behavior that you expect around the house. Adult ferrets are better for someone with less time to train them. They are also benefits that come from owning adults. You are likely saving an adult who has spent months in a shelter, and you most likely won’t have to potty train them.

divider-birdFinal Thoughts

If you’re hoping to buy a ferret, it is important to consider everything that goes into caring for them before you commit. Think about the initial and monthly costs, cleaning routine, exercise and food requirements, and other potential factors. While ferrets make amazing pets, they are a big commitment with a lot of responsibility. Ownership of all animals should be taken seriously, but it is even more critical with animals you have no experience with.


Featured Image Credit: Anastasia Mokrenko, Shutterstock

Hallie Roddy

Hallie has been a proud nature and animal enthusiast for as long as she can remember. She attributes her passion for the environment and all its creatures to her childhood when she was showing horses on weekends and spending her weeknights devoting her attention to her pets. She enjoys spending most of her time in Michigan playing with her two rescue cats, Chewbacca and Lena, and her dog, Clayton. When Hallie isn’t using her degree in English with a writing specialization to spread informative knowledge on pet care, you can find her snuggled up on the couch reading books or watching nature documentaries.