Angora ferret is an exotic and very entertaining pet with its long fur and lively behavior. Although more expensive than other ferret species, this beautiful and curious creature can fill your life with fun and laughter.
How did Ankara come about?
They originated in Sweden when a breeder noticed some changes in their ferrets. Certain mutations at the genetic level caused these ferrets to have longer hair on their hind legs and hindquarters. This breeder sold their special ferret to someone else who breeds angora in Norway as we know it today.
Angoras are bred repeatedly in breeding, with their unique coat color and coat length. For this reason, some veterinarians prefer to group them as a subspecies.
How do these ferret varieties differ from regular ferrets?
They differ in appearance and behavior. Angoras have very long fur – perhaps their most distinguishing feature. However, do not confuse long-haired ferrets with angoras – there are other differences.
Body Build – trademark long fur can grow up to 4 inches long. They can weigh up to 7 kilograms. The distinctive sign of an angora ferret is an extra curl on its pointed, slightly upturned nose and a small tuft of hair at the tip or inside the nose. As very small kits, angoras do not have long fur but can be recognized by their snout. The shape of the eyes is also slightly different from that of an American ferret.
Sparse hair on the tails – this is due to the fact that these ferrets do not have an undercoat. That’s why their tails look bare even though the rest of their bodies are covered with luscious long hair. Due to the lack of undercoat, they do not shed as much as normal ferrets.
Much higher energy levels than American ferrets – angoras are cute, but also overly curious and can be stubborn as well. Before purchasing an angora, it will be helpful if you have a well-bred, well-trained ferret at home. It can set an example of behavior for your new angora kit. Sometimes angoras have a tendency to pinch, so be careful before letting a child handle them.