Why Ferret Fancying Has Become Popular With Young Women


Say the word ferret and it tends to conjure up images of gnarled Yorkshiremen in flat caps.Or miners inserting the writhing creatures into their trousers.But the long, thin, furry and sometimes rather vicious animal, it seems, is no longer a predominantly northern, male preoccupation.From the Ferret Education and Research Trust comes the improbable claim that the new brand of ferret fancier is young, southern and female.

According to a survey by the trust, there are now more owners in the South than the North, 61 per cent are women, and most are aged 35 to 44.More than a quarter live in the South-East.Yorkshire accounts for just 7 per cent of owners.The geographical shift is attributed by the trust to the decline in ownership of working ferrets for catching rats and rabbits in the North, and the emergence of celebrity owners popularising the animals as pets among sections of the population who had previously shunned them.Famous ferret fans include Jonathan Ross and his wife Jane, who adopted three baby animals from a rescue centre in 2004.

Two years later Paris Hilton replaced the chihuahua she often carried in her handbag with a pet ferret. Madonna is also said to be an enthusiast.Ian Kearns, from the research trust, said: ‘Ferrets have had a bit of a bad press over the years, but in fact they are clean, intelligent and attractive animals.

Following the boom in popularity of ferrets as pets we are now seeing people from all walks of life taking them into their homes.

‘From couples who run successful businesses to single females, a ferret is an excellent companion as they suit and adapt to different lifestyles.’Ferrets’ adaptable sleep patterns and ability to be left longer after a feed than cats or dogs makes them popular with owners who spend time away from home.The trust’s poll of 1,400 people also showed that 15 per cent of owners live in the West Midlands and 13 per cent in the South-West. Enthusiasts typically keep two ferrets, although one reported owning 160.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. tudor
    Apr 14, 2010 @ 09:56:41

    Wonderful insight


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