Description of Ferret Classes

TITLE CLASSES
ADOLESCENT All whole or late-altered ferrets 16 weeks to 12 months of age on date of show. Adolescents will not be judged against breeders, late alters or companions.
ALTER (Late Alter) All ferrets 1 year to 6 ½ years as of the date of show who have been either spayed or neutered later in life (not pet store ferrets). Alters will not be judged against adolescents, companions or breeders.
BREEDER All intact ferrets 1 year to 6 ½ years as of the date of show. Breeders will not be judged against adolescents, late alters or companions.

COMPANION (Early Alter)

This class is open to all early altered (usually pet store) ferrets (Marshall Farm, Path Valley Farms, etc.) 16 weeks to 6 ½ years as of the date of show. All entrants must be early spay/neuters (before 12 weeks of age). Late altered ferrets are restricted from this class. Companions will not be judged against adolescents, late alters or breeders.

 

SPECIALTY CLASSES
Albino Ferrets with red eyes and completely white bodies. (May be combined with DEW if less than 5 entries)
Angora Open to all ferrets with at least 25% angora bloodlines. These ferrets may be breeder or non-breeder ferrets.
This class will be judged for conformation and structure (how well is your ferret put together), disposition, and maintenance (how well is the ferret cared for).   Proof of lineage may be requested.
THIS IS A NON-AFA CLASS
Black Mitt/ Black Roan Mitt Black Mitt: Open to all ferrets whose guard hairs are 60% + black with dark eyes, black to mottled nose and well defined mitts on all four feet. Guard hair color should be black and should be 60-100% in concentration.

Black Roan Mitt: Open to all ferrets whose guard hairs are 40-60% black with even roaning, dark eyes, black to mottled nose and well defined mitts on all four feet. Light silvers should be entered in Dark- Eyed White, medium silvers in Roan.

Black Sable Open to all ferrets whose guard hairs are bluish black, a solid black nose, and white/buff undercoat.
Blaze/Panda Blaze: Ferrets with a white stripe on the top of their heads, as well as white mitts/toes, and bib. Panda: Ferrets with mitts/stockings, bib, and all white head and neck.
Chocolate Ferrets with chocolate brown coats, cream undercoat, and bar mask.
Cinnamon/ Champagne Cinnamon: Ferrets with solid reddish brown coats with darker reddish brown legs and tail Champagne:  Ferrets with muted light brown coat
Dark Eyed White Ferrets with 90%+ white coats and ruby to black eyes. They can be marked or patterned.  (May be combined with Albinos if less than 5 entries)

GCFA Grad

Ferrets who have been adopted from the GCFA. Must submit adoption contract or proof the ferret came from the GCFA with your entry form. Ferrets in this class must be spayed or neutered. This class is not eligible for AFA’s Specialty Ferret of the Year program

THIS IS A NON-AFA CLASS

Mitts Ferrets with 4 white feet starting at the tip of the toe and not to extend more than two-thirds of the leg. Evenness of color of mitts side-to-side and front-to-back contributes to the score.
Mutt Ferrets with multiple or no distinct color or pattern. (May be combined with Blaze or Panda if less than 5 entries)
Passport Open to all Privately Bred ferrets (intact or late altered), which are at least 25% foreign bloodline. Ferrets participating in this class should be prepared to show lineage if asked.
Physically challenged Open to all ferrets with a visible physical handicap such as but not limited to: missing limbs or other features, tails.

under 2 inches in length, extraneous digits or appendages.

Point Open to all ferrets whose points (legs and tail) are dark and body is light. Must have a V-mask to almost no mask (eye markings only).
Premier Invitational Open to all ferrets who have won 1.  A blue ribbon in a Championship ring; or 2. Won a Championship Ring Best In Show; and or 3. Won a Championship ring Best Opposite award  at an American Ferret Association show in 2014 through 2016.
Roan (Silver) Ferrets whose guard hairs are black/sable/chocolate/champagne with roaning (silver) and dark eyes. This includes medium patterned silvers. Guard hair color concentration should be 50%; roaning should be evenly 50% also.
Sable Ferrets with warm, deep brown coats, well defined mask, cream undercoat, and lined or mottled nose.

Senior

Ferrets 4 to 6.5 years young. No color requirements. Note: a show day is tiring even for a young ferret. Be very selective in your decision to bring a senior. Bring only seniors who are in the best of health. Bring a cage cover to make your senior’s cage quieter and less stressful. Take extra precautions to minimize your senior’s contact with other ferrets. Any illness, even colds/flu can be devastating to seniors.
Shelter Ferrets who have been adopted from a shelter. Must submit adoption contract or proof the ferret came from a shelter with your entry form. Ferrets in this class must be spayed or neutered.