The albino ferret is a common sight because they are domesticated creatures. They do not have
any colouring on them except for its red eyes and pink nose. In fact, many owners prefer the albino
ferret because it is easier to find them especially in the dark.
No one knows why there are ferrets that are coloured albino because no one has ever conducted a
study. But if we follow the results of similar studies, chances are the answer is the same.
The three possibilities are; a mutation prevents the body from manufacturing pigments, the
mutation prevents the body from recognizing the proteins that produce the pigments or the body does not have
enough proteins to make it. In most cases, a mutated gene is the culprit.
Studies have shown that the albino ferret has problems with its sight. This is normal but this
is compensated by their sense of hearing and smell.
Those who are interested in owning an albino ferret can do by getting one at an animal shelter
or from a breeder.
There are two colours of ferrets which are sable and albino. The albino condition is genetically
recessive of sable so if a sable female ferret that does not carry albino genes mates with an albino male,
all their offspring will be sable but they will still carry the albino gene. If a male and female ferret that
carries the albino genes are bred together, 25% of their kits will be albino.
But you won’t know if the kit will be coloured white or sable when they are born because all
ferrets are white at birth. This will only be known when they are 4 weeks old. Read more about
Whether you decide to get an albino ferret or something else, the care that must be given to
this mammal is still the same. You will have to feed it the right kind of food, give it water, bring it to
the vet for vaccinations, purchase a cage, toys, accessories and most importantly, give it some tender and
Albino ferrets can be toilet trained and taught to do a few tricks. It will just take some time
to work but by giving a light snack as an incentive, they will soon be able to do whatever they have learned.
Since they tend to smell after a while, it is best to give them a bath weekly.
The albino ferret should also be brought out of the cage when it wakes up so it can run around
and play because they are after all friendly and sociable creatures that may soon become your best friend.
For further reading, I advise reading a good book about ferrets:
Adopt A Ferret: Everything you need to know if you are considering owning a ferret. Baby ferrets or adults? What
about ferret nutrition and ferret health? It's all here.
If ever you don’t like the red eyed albino ferret, you can choose to get the kind that either
has black or blue eyes.
Colour should not be a factor when you decide to get a ferret. This is because there are other
things you have to watch out for such as their eyes and their behaviour. The more playful they are, the
better so that if you come home from work and need someone to cheer you up, your ferret can come out and make
Remember that the ferret is a friendly and social little creature that seeks constant attention
when it is awake even for a few minutes or an hour.