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Ferret Gender Differences

Are male ferrets more docile than female ferrets, or vice versa?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: May 1, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: Is there a significant difference in docility between a spayed female sable and a neutered male sable? I've had only female ferrets, and I realize that particular characteristic is probably individual-specific, however, I've just about decided to look for a male just so he can't hide in as many places. I'd forego that, though, if there is a real difference.

A: I have had many ferrets of each gender over the years, and my opinion is that male ferrets tend to be a little calmer, but that is only based on my experiences. Many other ferret owners would probably tell you something different. Male ferrets can be larger, but that is the only difference I would say with any certainty. A ferret’s docility is probably more dependent on its own, individual personality.

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I do agree with that. I have a female who is only about 4 months older than my male. He is much more a mamma's boy than she is since he became a year old. He will play but he is much more apt to come over to me and throw himself at my feet and just want a hug, then he is off again. He is a little larger than my girl but not my much. She weighs a little over a pound and he is about 2 pounds. I def love having both a boy and a girl.
Lorisa, Orlando, FL
Posted: 5/21/2009 9:31:20 AM
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