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Furry Fandom -- The Ultimate Guide

Updated on October 16, 2012

urry means plenty of different things -- but above all else, it indicates an affinity for cartoon creatures and other anthropomorphic animals. That includes lots of things, from being a fan of specific shows like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" to drawing your own characters in a webcomic. For someone just starting out in the fandom, though, all of the possible permutations, insinuations, and other various components of the fandom can be exhausting, overwhelming -- and in some cases, a little scary.

But that's okay! This page is here to help you understand what you want you know about the furry fandom. It's by no means EVERYTHING the furry fandom has to offer, but it's all the pages I've written about furries on Squidoo!

(and hey, if you join Squidoo and write a few furry lenses of your own... maybe I'll include them here too!)

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    • GrimmHund (Kik) 2 years ago

      I chose a wolf furry out of preference. I've been a dog person all my life and grew up with a Dalmatian teddy bear. While my fursona exists in a fanfiction story, I want more. I want to make a full costume for Halloween...

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      How difficult is it to build a fursuit? Or does anyone know any makers in the uk?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I want a fursuit am 13 and don't wanna tell my parents

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      are half-breed or hybrid furs in?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Why are we given such a bad reputation all the time? Even though I am a furry and have been publicly for about a year, I still get uncomfortable showing it to people who don't yet know. How can I overcome that discomfort?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I am a furry so I can answer some questions... what you watch doesn't determine if your a furry or not it's more of how you think and perceive the world and the animals in it. my main fursona is a sabertooth snake hybrid.. the most popular fursona Animall is a wolf. some fetishes are only found in the fandom because it was a safe place to introduce very weird and exotic fetishes...if you have more questions or need help finding a fursona send me an email feelusroar@gmail.com

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      OH MY FUCKING GOD SO MANY STUPID QUESTIONS YOU KNOW YOUR A FURRY WHEN YOU SAY YOUR A FURRY

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Why do everyone always use a fox, cat, or wolf as a fursona? What's so good about them? Why not deer or birds or just a made-up species? What's so good about them?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      HEY im a furry here but I don't have a fursona anything you guys would say to help- me get one?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      what is the most popular animal for fursona and how may furry live in the province of québec (including me plesse). i really like the furry fandom my fursona is a lion name mega lion he is a military and he lead an elite comando call the delivrator team.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Scarlet if your too shy to not give a fuck you shouldn't be a furry don't care what people say be yourself

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a BIG problem in that country i'm living in people think's that you are wird if you are a furry can some one plz help me if you know how it is

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      DJ premier it's a stereo type not all furrys yiff it's all up to you and it's NOT. A fetish so all those people calling us furfags can fuck off

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      So I need some help here my GF we have been dating almost 2 years now and she always wants to "yiff" we are both 18 so I am not worried about the sexual aspect but as much as I'm not really sure as of what to do because I'm kinda new to fur suiting 1 yr old to it but I would appreciate it if someone would help me and btw if no one can that's alright none of us are too shy to have normal intercourse

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      at chat rooms i see words that i never heard before. is thair new slang words that i don't know about?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      you don't have to be able to draw to be a furry.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      im trying to create my own tiger fursuit!!! {and to convince my dad}

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      As a new furry, I can't draw to save my life, and I can't draw my fursona. Am I still a furry?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The reason people insult us is cause and keep on is cause you give them the attention they want to go on, by the way nothing is fair.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      people insult us all the time, its not fair, im asking why do they have to do that?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      who can i get a flight to and from the meetings and how do i get a dragon red frusuit? i am new help

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      where do I find suits ?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      why dont people like us?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I LIKE Crush Fetish WITH FURRIES!!!!?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love being a furry because of the art and how nice everyone is who is in the furry fandom.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      where is the best but cheepest place tha i can geta custom fur suit

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Why is the furry fandom gay? Cause we're just so happy :D. Who wears fur suits, why do you wear costumes at a comicon? We are here to stay so deal with it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Coming up with a unique name is very hard since there are so many crazy names but try to think of something that matches you and stick to it if you like it like mine it has my first name my favorite animal and the word duh XD. Richard Da Wolfy (Richard Duh Wolfy).

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      How would I make a fur suit cheaply but still make it look awesome???

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      About how friendly is the fandom?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Why do people in the anime business make all these anime (with furrys) just...... Not right. Maybe I should look @ this website more lol

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      How do I find shows with furrys in them? Because I can't find a website that's tells me because I'm a big furry and anime fan

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i dont know how to make one! i need help!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      How do you tell someone?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I got a Fursona with some online Fursona creator. But I want various pictures of my Fursona in different positions, etc. The problem is, I have no money... Are their people out there that do free art? Or, that I could pay in Amazon Gift Cards? (I have Swagbucks, so I can get Amazon Gift Cards for free xD )

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      How do I explain "Furry" to my friends/loved ones who have preconceived notions about them?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      should i hide my fursona?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Are all people in the fandom sexually attracted to furries? Or just some?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Is ok for furries to date humans?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I just joined a fandom and would like to get my blue wolf art turned in to a fur suit but I don't know what web site to go to please help me.Also if any of you live in north Carolina please let me know.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Quick question to any one who made a MLP FIM fursuit: I've seen videos of awesome suits that manage to pull of the show's style perfectly and I want to know...how do you make those fabulous hooves? ;~; Because for my first suit I'm making, I want to make a 3/4 fursuit of one of my o.c.'s and the hooves seem like they will probably be the hardest part to make. Soory if it's a stupid question, but I couldn't find any forums on it ^^;

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ahh, the Furry haters. You don't understand how great of a fandom it is!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Why are Furries so dramatic? Life sucks...we all know this...but WHY do they have to whine about it 24/7?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love you Ben. Your idiocy is hilarious.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Are there any sites to help me create my fursona?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yiff in hell furfags.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      How can choose the animal for my now!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i need my name cant think of one

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The fandom can offer many things. Some of these things can be based on sexual desire of furry art and characters, while some is based on just dressing the part.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      how are furry's with first timers?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I can't draw and fursuits kind of creep me out. I would really like to be a furry but it seems like the whole fanbase revolves around those two things. Wat do?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      @grace

      I meet people on the internet, i go on forums, websites, apps, etc. I draw on my ipod mostly, i suck on digital so im mostly on apps.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      how do you meet a furry

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How do you meet people in the fandom? I can't go to conventions due to money being tight

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How should one choose a fursona?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      where to buy furry costumes

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Alyssa: go to www.furaffinity.net fellow furs will commission them for different prices try going to different artists for different parts of the body

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      fur suits are easy to make take it from me i have made plenty just look on youtube it gives you great tips just start of with your fursona. honestly try and be unique about it who wants to be the same you know?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Why people do not try and understand more about it?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Oli,

      First, you should ask your friends if they have ever heard of the fandom before.if they say no, you should explain it carefully and make it sound as normal as possible, or they may think it is weird.

      And if you want to bring them into the fandom,you should tell them all the fun things about it. Some of their interests may be things like drawing or pets. If so, they may be more eager to join!

      I hope this helped! :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How do i tell my friends about the fandom? Bring them into the fandom? What if they think i'm weird???? HELP!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      how do i start out as a teen furry

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How do I, being a teen be a furry

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Well I'm a fan of both fandom's. I like My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic and the Furry Fandom. Why do a lot of Furries like My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic anyhow?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm having trouble finding websites to meet up with other furrys.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Want a wolf quadsuit, can't find one. Never had one but really want one.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How do you make a costume?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a wolf//dog but want a costume but cant find a damn costume! >.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Is having a fursona be a neko considered furry?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you be a realistic furry who enjoys realistic costumes as opposed to cartoonish ones?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      what do i do if i am in the fandom and i am not even 18?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Do many furries like to yiff, and think about it constantly

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      My biggest question is, can I go to the convention alone and still meet friends??;)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Is it wierd as a furry to like 1 species (fox) but all genders?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      CAn you have alot of fursonas? I have alot for my book but only one I rp with

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How old do fursuiters have to be?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      did you know people didn't know where furry craze all started if it weren't for tokyo mew mew or moon phaze we wouldn't have anime cat girls or comics like gold digger yes i'm a furry and proud of it for 3 years i dressed up as a furry dragon that was hot pink and orange i called myself sherbert dragon because of the colors any i love going to anime festivals i even got to talk to robert axel rod who did the original voice of zord zedd on power rangers later !

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i want to know who is the oldest furry ever known as im 41yrs and feel a little odd i guess.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      do furries actually act like the animal of there choice

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Why is it that some people say 'God hates furries' and 'Yiff in hell furfags' when they clearly know so little or nothing about the fandom?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can I purchase a fur suit. Or the ears and paws of a canine fursuit

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Has there ever been a truly and categorically defining aspect that encompasses what 'Furry' is to an exact set of points?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Are there age limits to being a furry,as I am 11?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Does a lack of joyfulness take affect on people you meet?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      why are they always associated with sex?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      how come they say about a war with trolls and furries why cant trolls just be quiet

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ho come fursuits aren't more popular? I make these things and no one even knows what it is! Come on guys we gotta get out there more!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Why are so many furries into Furotica/furry Porn?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Need...help.....drawing.........

      flamedaces@gmail.com

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I have no idea how to make digital drawings, that seems to be a staple talent in the fandom. What do I need to buy/learn to make digital artwork like the kind at the top of this page

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Why, out of every other twisted things that are worse, do people react so horribly to furries?!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I need to learn how to draw but I don't have anyone to teach me. Any ideas?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can I get a teenager sized fur suit?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      What's one of the cute yet underused animals of the furry world? :)

      I want to make one of them next!

      I have a beagle fursuit, a lop eared rabbit, (both used equally) and I'm thinking about my next, tehe!

      and ROFL, my security word is "burr-giggle!" xD

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      can i be taught how to draw with images from a furry artist?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How do i tell to my parents i'm a furry?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh yeah! How do i brak it to my parents, thati'm a furry when my father is rather traditionalist and my mother a Vetanarian...

      (Yes, rather a sticky whicket, if you ask me...)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How do i correctly explain that being a furry isn't beign some sort of sexual deviant? That it's more of a interest in the anthromorphic art, and not some sort of "yearning" to become an animal or particapate in some of the more infamos sides of the furry fandom...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Why must there be so much drama?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How to be a good anthro artist

    What's YOUR Biggest Question about Furries? - We don't care if you're "in" the fandom or not! Just ask!

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      • anonymous 2 years ago

        So do you just....like,make a furry? Like choose some random animal? Theres no rules or guidelines for a fursona?

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Is this furry thing about Yiff or the sexual stuff too? Or is it just about Fursonas and having fun?

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I want to get a fursuit but don't want my parents to find out I don't know what to do help

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I just want to know how to particupate

      • justin19970827 3 years ago

        How would I show a fersona, like how would I get it out in the open without some random person claiming they drew it when I actually drew it.

      • Hailing 3 years ago

        Does a Pokémon fursona count? I had a Riolu for a time, but someone said some very not nice things, and I left her alone. I eventually have come back, and have a male Panther, but I miss my Pokémon self.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        What exacly is a fursona? My friend loves to draw furries and I'm always looking for new ways to draw what I see...

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        This may be a stupid question, but when do you know, that you're a furry? Do you count as a furry, when you made your fursona or when you just like the art that is made?

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        How exactly does one learn about furries and join the fandom?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I don't have anything against about you anthrophomorphic creatures, but why does furry fandom has a number of scary fetishes, like vore for example? I've never seen such variety of fetishes outside the fandom. Why this affects only the furries?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        What shows do furries watch (besides MLP, I already watch that)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am a Brony and I am intrested in being a Furry but I know nothing about the fandom or how to "be a furry" I also want to stay a Brony scince i made it a part of my life with purchased murchandise!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I want to be a furry but I have no idea what to do, also I can't draw :/

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I want to be a furry but don't know how to draw.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I want to join the fandom but do you have to do anything special to get in?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How do i get a furry suit i designed at my self?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        What is this I hear about furies and sex?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I own a 25 acre resort in the Poconos (Pennsylvania). Most of the year we cater to Gay & Lesbian Groups, but we have set aside weekends for those who have fetishes and have nowhere to go. For example we have a heterosexual spankers group who rent the whole resort twice a year. Group discount prices are very reasonable and include dinners and breakfasts. We believe that people should not be judged. I don't know how to contact any of the furies. Four said they booked rooms in our resort in June. I am hoping to make connections then, but if you can pass this information to others they may want to get a group together for a weekend at our 25 acre resort. Email us at mountain@ptd.net with "Furries" in the subject line. Our resort is Rainbow Mountain Resort. www.rainbowmountain.com

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        are there any things you need to read/watch to join the fandom

        ex. Harry Potter fandom you read the books and/or watch the movies

        How does one get into the furry fandom excactly?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        why can't furries f off?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Who wears this stuff?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        does the furry fandom have to be gay?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        gostaria d saber come fazer desde a fantasia a ir a covoensoes pois a tempos que eu quero fazer isso mais nao encontro nem sombras de que tenha por perto moro no brasil rio de janeiro

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        What exactly is a Furry?!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        What exactly is a Furry?!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think my bf might be into furry sexuality... he keeps dropping hints that he wants to be "petted" and he draws his own furry art, and I've seen a couple of websites he likes with lots of art on them, both sexual and non sexual... but I don't really understand... any hints... or specific articles about this you could possibly send out to me would be sooooo beneficial. I'm not for or against furryness... I just have never encountered it before. Thanks so much. :)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How old is too old to start liking furry??? Im 21 and I have been a furry at heart lol but idk how to get started on getting a character and drawing??? :)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Can you make a fursuit that has a functioning sheath?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How do you come up with a unique name?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        it sounds like it could extremely fun but only a cosplay kind of thing. how would i go about getting a furrie suit?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I need a place I could buy some blue dragon claws, ideally they'd be somewhat functional and not too clunky anyone know any good shops for this?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How do you become one? I just recently got interested in this. It seems pretty cool. Don't really understand this, but I want to be a furry. Where to get started, if anywhere?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I don't know if I'm a Furry or not, I just don't know.....

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Is there a certain style the furry have to be drawn in or appear as to appeal to the Furries? Because as far as I know, I'm into the fierce and vicious but also "hot" looking animal art and fursonas. Is this wrong in the furry fandom?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        how can i be in it and make one?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How I can make one?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How do you guys keep cool under all that fur?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i wish i could have someone teach me furry artwork

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How do you break it to the folks and are costumes required

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Yiff in hell furfags? What did you think we were going to do smart one?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Where do I go to learn and experience it, I live in Woodbridge does that help?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Lol i said do i make them my self twice XD

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Yeah i'm thinking of doing it too as a wolf. That would be sick. The only problam, the costume. I know you dont have to have one but i think it would be awsome and more fun to have one then to not have one. Do you have to make them or are their people that can do it or do you have to make it your self?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        So i am thinking bout joining furries (as a wolf) So to get my fursuit, where is a good website to buy furry costumes (just a regular full fur suit for gray wolf, blue eyes, no t shirts added. for cheap) i need to express my inner wolf

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        are there any good furry sites that allow sexuality? i have yet to find one.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        How do I handle sex with a furry when im not one?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Soooo... i just started dating this sweetie pie boy... who happens to be a furry... (I dont mind it at all) but now i find myself looking into it more and more... its kinda cool stuff... like the art work... but ive never really known anything about furryness... i just wanted to be a supportive girlfriend... now i see myself becoming more involved than i thought lol is that bad?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        what if your parents and family dont believe that being a furry is fun?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        how the heck am i supposed to draw them???? im having a ridiculous ammount of trouble doing so. normal people and normal animals are somewhat easy, but as soon as i try a furry, i fell like a secong grader trying to draw. :/

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        hi. i want to become a furry so bad. the only probelm is how do i make a full fursuit.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        How do u make a fursuit

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I don't know yet what my fursona is but what I really want to know is wear can I buy a furrysuit.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Where do flurries get their costumes? Do they have them custom made or buy them at a costume store?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Is there ANY way to get a fursuit cheap?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i always wanted to be an animal but i dont know how to be me

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Can you be furry is you dress like neko, but not a fur suit ( like ear, paws, tail, leg warmer)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        what if u cant draw? i have wanted to draw furries for a long time and i cant even draw a face rite. what do i do? ive tried learning and i practice alot. but they dont come out good.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i want to be a furry. im starting out. but i feel to young. is there an age limite?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        How can you become a furry artist?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Are you a furry if you love dressing up as creatures and being around people who also dress up as creatures ad just fool around and act as your inner self?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        How do we make a Furry if can absolutely NOT draw?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Do furries wear there fursuits when they want at home for no reason or to things like walks gym or store

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Does anyone have any tips on making a hyena head?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        If I enjoy pictures of anthropomorphic animals from innocent things like web comics to other things >.> Does that make me sort of a furry?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i just want to meet others that are like me and live close by.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        How can I meet new people within this fandom? I don't know anyone, but I like the idea.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        is there full fur suits for kids

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I took a test and im a mischievous furry...... How do you get a furry? Like are they somthin you make or somthin u get online??

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I fee part wolf(werewolf) and i like the concept but i cant draw the art so would that still make me a furry?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        ummm can they have a ...lets say my furry has a canine structure but isn't human does that count or do they have to have a human structure but look like a canine?!?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        do chicks do this and can i get laid

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Why Furries are so cute and attractive ?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        What exactly is its concept?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Why do people hate furries?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        how do people make sex plushies

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i did som kind of a test on internet and the resut was that i am a viline lifestiler, but what dos it meen?

        ps: i now, my inglish isent relie good

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        why do furries hate humans so much? Why do they hate being human or prefer to be an animal to being human?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        really i already know every thing so um my fursonas name is Skyler (Sky for short) And is a cat

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        how do furries have fun

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        My son is 13 years old and has recently been more open with his furriness. Can I call it that? I "caught" him masturbating a couple time to a video of anime animals. I told him what he was doing was ok, but watching inappropriate videos was not. Meaning the context of sex not the furry's. He asked me today out of nowhere to join the furry fandom. What do I do? I don't want to hurt him or scar him by making the wrong decision, but how appropriate is it for a 13 year old. The internet only tells you so much, and I'm sure only 50% percent is true. I really need some help,

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        how old do you need to be

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        how do you join furry fandom?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Are all furrys sexual?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        how do you make them?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        why are they so cute

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I wanna see the community give back. Post some tutorials on how to draw. :3

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        How do you make such awesome costumes?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        What started it all?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        how do i pick a fursona?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I own fury critters, and would like to know more about becoming a personification of one .

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Can someone be a furry without having a fursona? Are there some who have more than one fursona?

      • Deathfurry 5 years ago

        How old do ya have to be to go to conventions?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        how old do you have to be in furry fandom conventions? if someone's height that is six foot two or six foot three, what size would that anime fursuit be?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Can my fursona always be an anthro, or does he have to be in a...in a kind of 'animal form' most of the time?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Im 11 and i (think) im a furry. I didnt even know about the fandom until last week. Ive been drawing my fursona for about a year now, and i was wondering if i should tell my friends. Im not popular at school so i just blend. :( but i dont want people to look at me in a bad light. Any suggestions?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        can my fursona wear clothes or do i have to be cocered in hair?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Do you need to dress up to be furry

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Is the world of furries a nice one? Sort of like are they nice and welcoming? I'm nervous to go plunging into a furry world and then mess my chance up. I don't know anyone who is a furry (yet) and its a bit scary going alone. And yes i know i sound wimpy x_x

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        What is the most affecting factor that leads to the prejudice these days?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Is a furr suit good to have?

      Common Furry Slang - A Glossary full of Definitions about the Fandom!

      • Badge

        A small (roughly index-card-sized or so) piece of artwork that doubles as a furry nametag. The majority of furry commissions is in making these badges, as they're quite lucrative for artists starting out, to the point that a typical furry con feels like a 24-hour badge-making factory. Also called a Conbadge. You can order them online, and at conventions!

      • Brony

        A fan of the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Despite the name, 'brony' is a term used by fans of both genders, though the name refers specifically to the show's periphery demographic of 18-34 year old males who still know a good cartoon when they see it. Not all bronies consider themselves furries (but many still do)!

      • Furry / Furries

        A word with entirely too many meanings (not including the ones that certain people get all bent out of shape over). You're either talking about furry fans (folks who like anthropomorphic critters), the anthropomorphic critters themselves, or artwork containing anthropomorphic critters. Everything else is splitting hairs.

      • Furry Con / Furry Convention

        A gathering of furries, often at a hotel, to showcase, produce, and sell furry artwork. Anthrocon (in Pittsburgh, PA) is the largest furry convention... at just over 4,000 attendees, which is fairly small compared to the average anime convention.

      • Fursona

        A slang word for "Furry Persona", "Furry Personality", "Original Character", etc. Most people only have one Fursona at a time.

      • Fursuit

        Furry cosplay full-body costume (including masks, tails, and paws), typically of a person's fursona. High-quality suits can be as expensive as a nice computer. Often get very warm in there under all that fur, so finding a way to stay cool is paramount.

      • Fursuiter

        Someone who wears a fursuit for public performance. Often the default furry to the uneducated eye, even though fursuiters only make up about 10-20% of the furry fandom... that bothers showing up to conventions, anyway.

      • Fursuiting

        Furry cosplay performance, involving a full-body costume known as a fursuit. Often includes pantomimes, exaggerated gestures, parading around, and great big hugs. Furries love to ham it up while fursuiting, especially if there's cameras involved.

      • Kemonomimi

        A Japanese word for human characters with certain animal parts like ears and tails. Catgirls are a very common type of kemonomimi. Unfortunately, most people who like Kemonomimi are exclusively anime fans, and aren't necessarily willing to be any more of a "furry" than that.

      • Otherkin

        A very small percentage of Furries who've forgotten they're just pretending to be their fursona, and start thinking they somehow really ARE their chosen animal. It gets worse when they start insisting they're from entirely fictional species; the film Avatar spawned a whole slew of Na'vi-kin, somehow...

      • Scaly / Scalies

        Lizard / Reptile-based furries. Typically get bent out of shape to the implication that they are somehow also "Furry", despite the fact that the word is a catch-all for anthropomorphic characters in general.

      • Yiff

        Sexually Explicit Furry Artwork (Furry Porn), comparable to "Hentai" in Anime Circles, and a relatively small subset of furry artwork in the fandom. Unfortunately, entirely too many people's knowledge of furry fandom (including certain furries) begins and ends here.

      Q: Why can't you just TELL me What the Fandom Is?! - A: Because even WE can't agree upon what it is!

      Sorry, this one's going to be a cop-out answer.

      t's not that it's a "You know it when you see it" sort of thing or that you even have to be a furry to get it, but the Furry Fandom doesn't have a solid canonical foundation for it the same way that, say, Harry Potter fans can all agree on using J.K. Rowling's books. In other words, we're all really just fans of other furries and the cool stuff they make, as opposed to something a little more solid.

      It means that furries are about as well-organized and representative of each other as a renfaire full of geeks-- Sure, they may all be fans of the Medieval Times and such, but some'll be in full corset and bustle, some'll be half-dressed, some'll only play D&D or some kind of LARP and be looking for props, and some just want some nifty dragon art. And almost no given one of 'em is "truly" representative of the rest, really, nor would we want 'em to be.

      That doesn't mean we can't give you a good idea what the fandom's made up of, though:

      • Furry Artists use anthropomorphic characters in their artwork, in several different media (illustrations, flash animations, sculpture, plushies, fursuits, etc.) Some of these arts may be more wholesome and appropriate for public consumption than others, but hey, that's art for you.
      • Furry Fans are mostly bystanders who happen to like Disney films and other animal-heavy stories like Watership Down and The Secret of NIMH more than the rest of us.
      • Fursuiters (Furry Cosplayers) wear elaborate mascot suits designed to resemble their chosen character (usually a fursona) so they can run around conventions and have a good time raising their special brand of hell.
      • And almost everyone dedicated enough to consider themselves a furry has a Fursona, a furry representation of themselves (or at least what they'd like to be), that's an easier shorthand to remember online and elsewhere than a bunch of human faces would be.
      The majority of the fandom centers around the creation and maintenance of these Fursonas. Here's how it works:

      • People make their own fursonas.
      • Eventually, people want some amount of artwork to be made so they can put these fursonas on display (which is how most Furry Artists make their money).
      • The people who become Fursuiters usually have to commission someone to design a suit based on the art already made of their Fursona (thus, how the Fursuit Makers make money).
      • Eventually, people get together to show off all their furry art and suits, which leads to Furry Conventions (thus, how hotels make money hosting these conventions), which also allows for further sales of art and suits at the convention, in addition to other furry and geeky merchandise that people like (games, music, etc.)
      • New people find out about the conventions and discover the fandom, which leads to them making their own fursonas, which resets the cycle...
      After a while, it all tends to sustain itself, as an odd hybrid of performance art mixed in with one of the most vibrant art scenes known.

      So... yeah, that's why it's hard to define the fandom aside from the most vague of terms about cartoon art -- it really depends on the other furries you already happen to know, and what your association with the fandom already is. I can only explain it so far without insisting that you have to do the last leg of the work for yourself.

      Q: How Old Do I Have to Be to Attend a Furry Convention?

      A: Depends on the con, but there's a way at every age!

      Children love furry conventions -- everyone is friendly and having a good time, and they love folks in fursuits! That said, because there are a few vendors at furry conventions who sell mature artwork (and because an unsupervised child can lead to BIG trouble if something goes wrong), some conventions have special restrictions on children attending the conventions.

      Check with any conventions you want to attend before you go, to see if they have any special rules!

      Most conventions will let minors attend as long as they're with their parents or otherwise have a notarized permission slip filled out, and wear a special badge that lets everyone know you're a fledgling furry!

      Q: Why are some Species So Popular?! It's like everyone I know is a Freakin' Wolf! - A: Um... people really like their pets.

      (Art by Lapinbeau)

      A lot of furries, like most humans, are fond of their pets. Of course, whereas most folks may wonder idly what Fluffy's day is like, they don't go around pretending to be Fluffy. Some furries choose to do just that, whether it's because they just love their pets that much, or maybe the pet's already passed on and this is just a nice way to keep them alive in their hearts. (All together now: Awwww...)

      So, that handles dogs, cats, and maybe some farm animals. What about wolves, dragons, lions, tigers, and bears (oh my)?

      Well, these sorts of animals have one major thing in common; they're big, they're powerful, and modern media (furry or otherwise) already loves the heck out of them for that. Add your childhood teddy bear to the mix and this category of furries is no surprise, either. Same reason you see plenty of girls as unicorns, pegasi, and other pony/horse critters.

      That said, there's still plenty of other animals out there that would make a fine fursona -- dinosaurs, reptiles, birds, fish, snakes, various unpopular mammals (kangaroos? otters? hedgehogs? prairie dogs?), insects... there's no shortage of interesting animals on the planet, and if that STILL bores you, there are plenty of creatures that mix and match among the available creatures and mythical mixes!

      The furry fandom is supposed to be a place for creativity.... so get creative!

      Q: Where Can I Buy a Fursuit? - A: There's no "one" provider / maker of fursuits. There's several.

      lmost everything you see in Furry Fandom is a custom-made piece of artwork and costuming -- and every fursuit artist makes their suits a little differently from everyone else!

      Unfortunately, as a result of all this wonderful variation and diversity, we can't just give you a good answer as to which fursuit makers are your best bet. Even quality costumers, like the good folks at Luskwood (who made the husky pictured above), sometimes close up their operations faster than we can recommend them to you.

      The easiest way to find a good fursuit maker is to attend a furry convention and ask the person wearing the best-looking suit in the place who made theirs. This way, you can see for yourself what kind of quality suits are available!

      Most suits will run anywhere from $300-$1000, depending on the materials, how much the suit covers ("Head + Paws" suits vs. a "Fullsuit"), and the reputation of the artist in question. Costumes don't come cheap, so if you're ready for a suit, make sure you're willing to pay for it, too!

      Q: Why the hell do people think furries are a bunch of sex crazed, fetish loving lunatics?!

      A: Because you LET THEM.

      The "canonical" answer to this question is that back in the 80's, a couple of furry conventions accidentally-on-purpose advertised in some fetish groups looking to fluff up attendance numbers, and the media lapped it up (because of course the media is going to run with the most shocking angle it can). The truth is, whether or not this was actually the case, the mainstream opinion would still have been the same.

      Honestly, people like having a moral panic to rally around.

      uch like D&D in the 80's and Anime in the 90's, Furry Fandom has been set aside as a something meant to be feared, fueled by claims of kinky fursuit sex, cartoon illustrations of every known fetish to man, and the odd freak who gets in the news every now and then who just "happens" to be a furry, much in the same way teen troublemakers just "happen" to be playing video games or listening to the wrong kind of music.

      It doesn't help that furries are primarily internet-based, which of course means that all of furry fandom --- good and bad -- is only a few clicks away on Google.

      Of course, Furries have been trying very hard for the past few years to fix this image, and doing a good job of it -- furry conventions are tame affairs; the biggest event of the weekend is a charity fundraiser auction, any questionable artwork is rated as such and censored for public consumption, the costumes are much more concealing than those you'd find at the average anime convention (they're even full-body costumes!), and very often, the worst you'll find at a furry convention is in an artist's portfolio.

      It's still tough going, though, so if you're a furry who's sick of hearing all this other stuff about furries, there's some easy steps to fixing it:

      1. Show folks plenty of clean work that still fits under the banner of furry fandom. I recommend:
      2. Explain that furry artwork is mostly about a style of art and storytelling, similar to what most folks think about anime and manga -- in fact, there are several parallels you can make between the two if you need to hammer in your point. Most folks already like (or at least understand) anime, making it a good analogy for convincing folks furry work is equally safe.
      3. If all else fails, get an account at Deviantart and favorite up a slew of clean furry work that you can show folks as hand-picked examples. Since DeviantArt is mostly clean work to begin with, even if folks wander from your galleries onto the rest of DeviantArt, they shouldn't find much.
      Whether they still believe you about furry fandom in general is up for debate -- but at least they'll think you're all right. Keep in mind, the less you treat it like something that needs to be hidden, the better they'll think of it. If you treat it like a dirty porny secret, they'll think that's exactly what it is, and act accordingly.

      Watch How a Fursuit Is Made!

      Q: How Many Good-Looking Girls are in the Fandom? - A: More than you think, wiseguy!

      eople ask some really stupid questions about furries sometimes, not all of which are very fair questions, because they're either irrelevant to convincing people about what furries really are, or they're questions that apply to all sorts of people, and there's no good reason furries shouldn't be just like everyone else.

      This is one of those questions.

      Seriously, there are some very cute people within the fandom. There are also some very ugly folks. You're probably not a great looker yourself, smart guy, but what does that have to do with anything? Lots of people like the way lots of other people look, and they're not all necessarily the same person that everyone else is after.

      I've run across cute girls who like fursuits, cute guys who wear fursuits, not-so-cute guys wearing fursuits that make them look like girls... and likewise, there's cute guy artists, cute girl artists, ugly girl artists, ugly guy artists, fat girl artists, fat guy artists, people who try to use the internet as an excuse to pretend they're hot camwhore girls when they're not nearly so hot in real life...

      ... you get the idea. We got everybody.

      You won't see so many pictures of hot girls who're furries on the internet because, well... most of the pictures you find of furries are either in their fursuits or otherwise using their fursonas. It's not that they're ugly, is that they're more interested in showing off their art and their characters than they are in making kissy faces to the camera.

      You're not any more likely to find a hot date among furries than you are anywhere else -- but as more and more folks join the Furry Fandom and the fandom becomes more and more mainstream, the more girls you'll see in the fandoms -- and the odds are good some of them will be hot chicks, too!

      How Does This Page Help?

      Below we have links to all the special lenses about furries that I've put together for you to read! Some have more to do with furries than others, but they're all great and useful!

      As I make more, they'll be added here too!

      Other Great Furry Sites!

      Well, not everything can be on Squidoo . . . here's a taste of some of the other furry sites I've found that are worth your time!

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          FriskyDingoCollie 3 years ago

          Well.... im a bit nervous because im a 10 year old furry....

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          BigBadBear 4 years ago

          Well done. Very informative.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I am what could be described otherkin/therian and I'm not a furry (I feel I'm too old). First off, I am only reading this article because I know of a fellow kin who is a furry and he wants me to show him something to read (I already know plenty enough about furrydom), and I find your implications of forgetting you're not your fursona offensive, otherkin/therian most often than not do not "choose" their kin type(s) and often (if they have one) their fursona is different to (at least one of) their kin type(s) / theriotype(s). I'm not entirely compliant with the idea of those who believe they are/were characters/species (in some respect), but I am positively open-minded because I have no evidence to say their conclusions are false and I respect them. I see hardly any history mentioned in the article, either, from what I've heard from other sites (that seem far more reputable, if I might add) is that furry was a fan group in the late 1970s made within a Unix hackers subnet, the topic was any fictional animal stories/characters that didn't fit under the animal category. Attention grew within this subnet BBS group and later the very same attendants invested some of the first sci-fi and funny animals media such as comics in the early 1980s, which eventually lead to creation of Rowrbrazzle as demand increased. It is also cited on several early sources, for example, google "The New Furry's Dictionary" and see the bottom of the page "*NIX n., ad: 2. The UNIX Hacker subculture from which furry fandom originated." This is no doubt also why main Linux/Unix software solutions have animal mascots, such as the famous Tux. Just thought I'd add that. You mention yiff is a form of porn, also, seems it is not, yiff has two origins that derive from yarf, the first is the same as yarf (the pleased sound of a small animal such as a fox) and erotically appealing (but not explicitly pornographic material), yiff can thus vary in definition, it's also used to refer to sexual (but not necessarily explicit) roleplay (usually as a form of cybering, animal sexual roleplaying (autozoophilia and zoophilic voyeurism) in general predates the fandom). I say this because stereotypes are bad and shouldn't be placed in introductory articles, if you can, please fix these errors. Thanks.

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          pgrytdal 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Clearly you did not read the above article.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Im a scaly and can honestly say im a furry :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I've been looking for the best site to get me a custom Fur suit made. But so far all the ones arent taking comissions anymore or on a certain time to do it. Can you tell me what site to visit that does amazing work?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: you are a moron starve yourself now or the feds will come to your door. i hope the afc shouts some sense into you.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: you furries are i minority and should be ashamed of yourselfs im a troll im afraid of you furfags i do not understand you

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          this totally helps me better understand what being a furry means. I was kinda confused when my friend told me, but now I wanna join it sounds awesome :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: its about time they stopped making them chalk one up for fur haters everywhere. ps if i see a furry im phoning the police. im a fur hater because im deathly afraid of furries! the best solution is a worldwide crackdown on the furryfandom which should include raids mass arrests and destruction of all paraphanilia associated with the fandom by means of public burning. this will be for the publics protection also furry raves are to be illegalized world wide as where there are raves there is sex drugs prostitution soliciting prostittution violence gang related violence risk of severe fires risk of injury or death risk of hospitalisation and lastly risk of anarchy! arrest the furries of the world enmasse!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: im a fur-hater because furries waste money on fursuits furry raves are bad and need to be outlawed due to sex prostitution drugs alcohol violence antisemitism etc also furries are zoophiles damn them all to hell! long live the anti furry colition! furries belong in prison! you darn morons make me want to puke.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          it's a cute guide for the newbies good work!!!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'm not otherkin or therian, but I find your comment about a widely misunderstood subculture to be very unprofessional in an otherwise informative and well-written article. Please, don't spread the bigotry.

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          alex-sher101 5 years ago

          Thanks, this has really helped me, and I've started my own lens and I'm trying to become an active community member!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          When it comes to giving "fur-haters" something to REALLY think about, I like to give examples that match the absolute most basic definition of an anthro (furry). Basically, name popular animal characters that have human characteristics.

          I'll bet a lot of you can name plenty...

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          For the questions, I thought they were like ask.com where you type a question and someone gives a answere...so I clicked furry and it said I was a furry...I'm totally new to this whole thing so...yeah, overral, it's a good introduction to people who want to be furries so good jobQ

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          Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

          Nice introduction to furry fandom. Although it's not my thing, I'm part of other areas of fandom lots of people make fun of and don't understand, so it's good to try to spread understanding and acceptance.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Lol, I'm one of those fat-girl furries. Lmao.

          I have a beagle and a lop-eared rabbit. ^3^

          Love those suits. Looove 'em.

          ~got~to~have~long~ears~

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I used to think the way others think of furry fandom you gave me a new perspective of it. I've also started on my fursona and its not easy like you said, and thanks for the details.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Thanks for this detailed guide on the whole story on the furry fandom. I agree that it is sad that it (and still is) being treated and thought of as a fetish of some sort. (Trust me, I've seen them myself. It's just sad.) :(

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Luckwood don't make fur suits any more *teardrop*