Breeder and Show Policies
As the mandate of the Society to ensure that all ferrets are properly
cared for and bearing in mind that kits must come from some source,
the Society has the following guidelines for breeders of ferrets.
The Society will support and work with breeders who adhere to these
guidelines and allow regular inspection of the breedery to ensure
that the ferrets are raised in sanitary and healthy conditions.
1) To ensure healthy breeding stock and offspring, the stock will
have proper veterinary care by a licensed veterinarian: Every three
months for regular stock; within 48 hours of birth for kits; thereafter
as needed until eight weeks of age.
The breeding stock shall be vaccinated against distemper yearly
and checked for parasites each check-up. Further, a check for Aleutian
disease shall be made and any carrier animals isolated and retired
from breeding. The kits shall be vaccinated against canine distemper
at intervals of 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, and 14-16 weeks; and also
checked for parasites at each check-up.
2) To prevent inappropriate breeding, unnecessary death in females,
and to make the animals suitable as pets, all kits shall be altered
before passing from the control of the breeder. It is suggested
that the altering is not done before twelve weeks of age.
3) To prevent congenital defects and weakening of the genetic makeup
of the ferrets, a lineage of the breeding stock shall be kept and
inappropriate matings avoided. New stock must be screened to ensure
that it is not related to the current stock.
4) The breeder shall provide a retirement mechanism for breeding
stock which provides for the comfort of the animal and a natural
At this time, no breeders of ferrets in the Province of British
Columbia are known to meet any of the above criteria or have submitted
evidence that demonstrates they meet these criteria.
If you are a breeder and feel that you can support the ethical,
humane raising of healthy ferrets by following these guidelines,
please contact us.
FIRST Society does not support shows which judge ferrets and bestow
prizes for physical attributes. We feel this type of programme to
be counterproductive to the raising of healthy lines of animals
by promoting breeding to style rather than health. The only benefit
derived from shows are to the breeder's monetary interests, not
to the animals welfare.
Given the number of hereditary disabilities and predispositions
already found in ferrets due to the small initial pool of animals
and later indiscrimate breeding, further interference with the genetic
make-up of ferrets will likely only result in greater problems.
We feel that registration and selection of lineages are unnecessary
and unproductive. It is too late to breed out the extent genetic
faults and there is no need to breed for the perfect Aryan ferret.