As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for animals. At 8 years old, I began developing a particular interest in Mustelidae; especially Mustela genus species such as weasels, stoats and polecats. When ferrets finally became more popular as pets in France, I fell totally in love with those masked bandits and decided to learn as much as possible about them…
I began planning ferret ownership at 15 years old, but I had to wait until age 19 to meet my first ferret, and one of the best friends I ever had : my hob Pichu.
As passion kept growing, I decided to start breeding on 2011, by offering to lend Pichu as a breeding hob to a good quality female. Unfortunately, no litter was conceived. Instead of giving up, I adopted my first jill, Midona de la Furetière, and mated her to my beloved Pichu.
Unfortunately, Pichu revealed unable to conceive at all, and I finally accepted to search for another hob…
In 2014, my first litter was born, from Midona and a young hob, Phélim de l’Île aux Farfadets. That first experience consolidated my passion and ignited the desire to become a ferret breeder.
However, I was living an unstable apartment life and had little space for more ferrets. This is why I waited until 2016 to breed my second litter, with Pookie of Twilight Polecats (one of Midona’s daughters) and a beautiful dark sable hunting bloodline hob.
In 2017, my husband and I began searching for a house for sale, that would provide me enough space to develop my activity as a ferret breeder. In January 2018, we moved in our new house in the middle of a forest area…
Dreams are coming true…
After developing a scientific backgroung in high school and college, I graduated the CFAA/CFPAA du Lot as a Professional Zookeeper. I also attended several education sessions about wildlife care and rehabilitation thanks to the French Union of Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers.
My education allowed me to develop deep knowledge in biology, physiology, zoology, animal nutrition, ethology, genetics et animal care.
For 3 years, I wrote articles about small and exotic mammals as pets for the French magazine MINIZOO: sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) communication, American minks as pets, maintenance of pygmy hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris) in captivity…
As the years passed, I gained practical expertise in both domestic animals care and wildlife care. Indeed, I worked in a wide variety of institutions: in a cat shelter, in various wildlife rehabilitation centers, in worldwide class zoos, in a pet store, with a dog educator and in a vet clinic for a veterinary nurse internship. Through all those years, I also regularly worked as an independent pet sitter.
Nowadays, my life revolves around my ferrets, ferret breeding and writing articles for the French webzine NAC Magazine.
I share my passion and animals-centered life with my amazing husband, who’s become a ferret lover too !
My breeding goals
I always keep the following goals in mind:
- Excellent health : no disability, no high cancer risk…
- Nice personality : a good ferret should be energic, still tame and easy to handle
- Muscular body shape and beautiful, standard coat colours
My dream ferret is one who’d be physically identical to the European polecat (Mustela putorius putorius) while maintenant a gentle, tame personality.
In order to reach my goals, I breed mainly standard coat colours (sable variations, albino, sandy and butterscotch variations) without any white marking on the face and close to no angora in the lines. I plan to get registered at the European Union of Ferret Breeders, which specializes mostly in standard ferrets.
My breeding ethics
As soon as I set my mind on breeding ferrets, I did the math and realized it wouldn’t be a financially sustainable activity…
In order to be a lucrative breeder, I’d have to own at least 20 jills and get rid of my older ferrets every year.
This is impossible to imagine for me. Indeed, I live with my ferrets everyday. They’re my pets, my friends and my sweethearts – how could I ever get rid of them as they grow old ?
Ferret breeding doesn’t pay my bills at all, it’s a life goal, an addiction and a lifelong passion. My ferrets’ wellbeing comes first in every possible way: quality raw food, space, enrichments…That’s why I do my best to advise future adopters and I’m always open to re-homing ferrets born at my home if their owners can’t keep them anymore.
That also means I don’t let my kits go away with just anyone – future adopters are carefully selected, in order to provide my kits the best possible life, care and family.
My priorities: respecting ferrets and providing the best possible life.
Why breed ?
Since shelters are bursting at the seams with unwanted pets, questioning breeding is a well-founded philosophy.
My personal answer to the « Why Breed ? » question is simple: to improve ferrets as a species.
As ferrets became more and more popular as pets, many disabilities and hazardous mutations developed in the ferret population: Waardenburg syndrom in white-face ferrets (badger, DEW, panda…), cancers, short lifespan…
Due to these mutations being very fashionable, they’re much more bred by pets mills and amateur breeders than standard, higher quality ferrets. That leads to the worldwide ferret population degrading since those last 20 years.
My breeding goals all point out to the same dream: bringing back better quality ferrets !