How Can You Tell If It's A Real Canadian Ferret?

By Rob Symonds

The species of Real Canadian Ferrets are a hot topic among ferret lovers because they are rare to get your hands on. Real Canadian Ferrets are generally spayed or neutered when you are able to purchase them and are an excellent pet to have due to the genetic line that they display. The Real Canadian ferrets are the same as the popular Hagan ferrets and are bred by the same commercial breeders.

All About Real Canadian Ferrets

Real Canadian ferrets are not different from any other ferret with the exception that all of these Real Canadian Ferrets are supposed to be spayed or neutered before getting them from the breeder. These Real Canadian Ferrets are only available through the breeders and many have them however, they are expensive and can be identified by an ‘x’ tattoo in the left ear. They have the same mannerisms as well as the same disposition of other breeds and as far as one can tell, they call them Real Canadian Ferrets so that they can charge a bit more for something that sounds historical or that is holds some significant value in the ferret community. This isn’t true and all ferrets are really they same as they are not graded and sought after by pedigrees or grand champion lines like other small animal pets. Animal shows for dogs and cats are often judged and graded on a point system as well as purebred however the Real Canadian Ferrets can be seen in shows next to a ferret that was acquired privately and neither has more advantage for winning.

Real Canadian Ferrets and Feeding

Feeding Real Canadian Ferrets is the same as feeding any other ferret and it is essential that the ferrets get enough protein in the meals. This does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that you should feed your ferret raw meat because this is something you should never do. They cannot handle raw meat and it may have disastrous results for the Real Canadian Ferrets or chocolate however, a pet food that is high in quality and made specifically for the ferrets in an acceptable diet. In order to feed them treats, it must be fruits and vegetable only and not too many treats as it could make them sick. When selecting the food for the Real Canadian Ferrets or any other ferrets, be especially conscious not to purchase any fish based ferret foods as the ferrets don’t like it and it is not particularly good for them.

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6 Responses

  1. Zoe
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    Ferrets lack a cecum to digest/ process fuits and vegetables. from the website of

    It’s common knowledge that ferrets cannot have anything of fruits and vegetables and this article just stated that as for a treat u should feed them that … From all of my other research of these wonderfully furry animals, this is the only one that says to give them something other than protein. They’re digestive system is uniquely designed to digest strictly animal protein, anything other than that can very detrimental to their health!

  2. Jamie
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    Real Canadian Ferrets can’t be that hard to get. I work at a pet store and our supplier only sends us Real Canadian Ferrets. I know this as they all come with a certificate stating so. They have all been extremely wonderful animals. They do all come spayed or nuetered, been vaccinated against distemper, and are all tattooed. Very worth the money. I finally broke down and got myself one today. Wonderful lil fella.

  3. Sacha
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    This article is completely unfounded. Ferrets can be placed on a raw meat diet if you do your research and provide proper vitamins and supplements. Ferrets cannot digest fibers found in fruit and veggies. I have heard of raisins being an an occasional treat, but even that has much more sugar than your ferret needs in his diet, especially one with insulinoma. Ferrets DO have different characteristics that vary from breeder to breeder or “farm”. Real Canadian Ferrets are not rare. They are becoming more popular with the general decline in health of Marshall Farm ferrets; however, MF Ferrets generally have better dispositions and are less aggressive than RC Ferrets who are bred for health and structure rather than temperament. There are exceptions to the rule, but there ARE ferrets bred by private breeders that are sought after because of their selective breeding. They produce ferrets that are healthier and tamer; traits that farm breeders tend to lose when mass producing for pet stores.

  4. Sherri
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    You are so wrong. Meat based treats only. Ferrets do not have a cecum. Therefore they can not process fruits and vegetable. If you feed them that they will likely get a blockage and die. Real Canadian ferrets are biters most of the time. they also usually grow bigger. Truly though, if you want a healthier ferret go to a private breeder if you can find one. Good luck on that though. If you get one from a private breeder then they can be fixed when they are old enough, not when they are 4 weeks old.

  5. Kitty
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    I have always had the exact opposite experience, with Marshall ferrets being far more likely to bite than Real Canadian. Real Canadian ferrets are also hardier and larger than Marshall ferrets on average. It doesn’t make sense to say that ferrets that come from different distinct bloodlines do not have differences and that people don’t seek out various lines based on merit.

    It’s ridiculous to say that a ferret can’t eat raw meat. Ferrets have only been eating dried-up commercial kibble since they became popular in the pet market, which is only a couple of decades. There is only one reason that commercial pet diets exist, and that is convenience. They are absolutely not higher in nutritional value or healthier for an animal, being for one thing, dried, which removes the beneficial natural moisture from food – wild ferrets eat a very “wet” diet consisting in large part of the blood of their prey, and substituting dried pieces of food and making them drink large amounts of water is not an adequate replacement. For another thing, the quality of the meats used in most commercial pet food is pretty dire – literally the scrapings from the bottom of the boilers used to make hotdogs and such – and there is NO reliable regulatory body governing the quality of pet food. Plus, the meat is cooked, and cooked for long periods at high temperature, which denatures the meat and destroys useful enzymes. Thirdly, large amounts of unhealthy filler are added to dried commercial foods to make them cheaper – rice, wheat, corn, potato, etc. None of these foods are normal for a ferret or healthy for them. You will never find a wild ferret (or cat, or dog) snacking on corn or out chowing down on rice in the rice paddy.

    Now, I know that not everyone can feed a raw diet. Everyone has their own reasons. But at least ADMIT that the reason for feeding dried commercial foods IS convenience, and not because ferrets, or cats or dogs for that matter, can’t “handle” the diet that is completely natural to them -raw meat, bone and organ meats- and that it’s better to feed them things like wheat and corn that are completely foreign to them.

    It’s also utter nonsense that ferrets can’t or should not eat fish. When I was raising ferrets, for some time I fed them primarily on whole fresh-caught trout, and salmon trimmings, and I can tell you that they were in absolute peak health even at 7 or 8 years of age, and that they happily and readily took to a fish based diet. Consider where the commercial manufacturer of fish-based ferret food is getting their fish and how old and, yes, rotten it is before being incorporated into their food, and you’ll get a good idea of why ferrets may turn up their nose at it.

    Obviously, it’s always better to get a pet from a small-scale breeder rather than a mill – which, when you get right down to it – is what Real Canadian and Marshall both are – ferret mills – but with the difficulties of breeding ferrets, and other factors, there’s often not a small breeder or even a rescue ferret to be had in many areas. Personally I choose Real Canadian ferrets over Marshall, any day.

  6. Sherry
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    Just so you are aware, my 10 ferrets have been on a raw meaty bone/whole prey diet for 4 years. They are healthier, smell less, have MUCH lower litter box deposits, cleaner teeth, than any kibble fed ferret I’ve seen. Or that my vet has had experience with 😉

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