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
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 loving care.
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
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 everything better.
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.