How To Locate Ferret Breeders
Ferret breeders are people that make it their job to raise and feed ferrets. It’s mostly done on a farm. Many aspiring ferret owners want to adopt a ferret from a breeder, instead of from pet stores or shelters. There is a homely, psychological aspect to it; ferrets that are raised on farms are thought to be unique. They’ve been raised in a different, more traditional environment than most modern pets. They have eating and sleeping habits that are different, and perhaps more suited for certain people. There is an appeal to have a “farm animal” as they’re considered more natural than animals in stores or shelters.
Ferret breeding processes vary widely, because here’s how it generally works: you find a ferret breeder, visit them, work out an agreement to adopt the ferret, get the relevant papers and supplies, and take your ferret home! Because breeders are not centrally regulated like stores or shelters, some of them will have different processes, which is why it’s good to consult with them about it directly.
How To Find Ferret Breeders
If you live in the United States, you can find a ferret breeder in nearly every state, except the states where ferrets are not legal. A simple Google search will direct you to the ferret breeders that are nearest to you. You can also look through directories of ferret breeders that exist on the internet.
My favorite is this list of ferret breeders compiled by the American Ferret Association (AFA). It’s detailed and it provides the full contact information, including e-mail and name, of the breeders. This is a good place to start looking for ferret breeders. You can simply select your state, and then make a few calls or send e-mails to the contacts listed there.
Ferret breeding is a dedicated and fulfilling work, and people who adopted from breeders have reported many satisfying results. If you’re looking for a farm-raised ferret, then this might be a good option for you.