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Furries are fictional anthropomorphized animal characters used in artwork and stories.
Furries are fictional anthropomorphized animal characters used in artwork and stories.

Furry fandom celebrates anthropomorphic animal characters.
Furry fandom celebrates artwork, writing, and costumes focused on anthropomorphic animal characters.

Some of the animal costumes, known as fursuits, can cost thousands of dollars.
Some of the animal costumes, known as fursuits, can cost thousands of dollars.

Furry conventions are held worldwide and provide an excellent opportunity to network with other artists, writers, and fans face-to-face!
Furry conventions are held worldwide and provide an excellent opportunity to network with other artists, writers, and fans!

Don't Worry, Be Furry!
Don't Worry, Be Furry!

Anthrocon, the World's Largest Furry Convention
Anthrocon: July 4-7, 2013

This page is maintained by Karl Xydexx Jorgensen. Last updated: March 16, 2014.

Karl Xydexx Jorgensen joined Furry fandom in 1993 and has attended more than thirty Furry conventions. In addition to maintaining the Furry Fandom Infocenter, he serves as Publications Director at the world's largest Furry Convention, Anthrocon.

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Are you interested in art, costumes, stories, and games featuring anthropomorphic animals? Then you've come to the right place! Furry Fandom Infocenter is a useful starting point for people interested in furries and Furry fandom. Discover everything Furry fandom has to offer!

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Furry fandom: A subgroup of Science Fiction and Fantasy fans who celebrate artwork, writing, and costumes focused on fictional anthropomorphic animals.

What are Furries?

Furries are anthropomorphic ("human-shaped") animal characters—animals with human qualities or characteristics. A typical furry is mammalian, bipedal, humanoid with animal features. However, they cover a wide spectrum—from cartoony to serious, from humanoid to animal-shaped, and can be any member of the animal kingdom (even reptiles and avians count as Furries).

Furries cover a wide spectrum---from cartoony to serious, from humanoid to animal-shaped, and can be any species (even reptile and avian).
Furries cover a wide spectrum---from cartoony to serious, from humanoid to animal-shaped, and can be any species (even reptile and avian).

What is Furry Fandom?

The definition of Furry fandom is the appreciation, promotion, and production of stories and art about anthropomorphic animals, as well as the exploration, interpretation and examination of humanity and human values through anthropomorphic expression. This includes animated cartoons, comic books and strips, stories, artwork, costumes, and stuffed animals.

Furry fandom developed as an offshoot of Science Fiction and Fantasy fandom in the 1980s, for fans interested in anthropomorphic animal characters (commonly known as furries). Over the past two decades it has increased in size and popularity, attracting artists and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Today, Furry fandom is a creative and thriving collection of costumers, animators, cartoonists, puppeteers, artists, illustrators, writers, and enthusiastic everyday fans.

Furry Costumes

Have you seen those furry animal costumes on TV or in the newspaper? Those are known in Furry fandom as fursuits. While popular in the media for their "eye candy" value, only about 19% of Furry convention attendees own them.

Fursuits can be made for as little as $100, but typically cost $2,000 or more! (Fursuits are not actually made of fur, but out of plush fabric found in craft stores.) Since fursuits are usually expensive, their owners pay careful attention to their care and maintenance.

Fursuiters play hockey in costume during the Fursuit Games at Anthrocon 2011.
Fursuiters play hockey in costume during the Fursuit Games at Anthrocon 2011.

Furry Conventions

A Furry convention is a gathering of Furry fans for buying and selling artwork, attending art and writing workshops to hone their skills, showing off fursuits, and socializing with friends. Furry conventions provide an excellent opportunity to network with other artists, writers, and fans!

Furry conventions are held worldwide throughout the year. There are also smaller gatherings known as "furmeets". Look at our list of Furry conventions and find one near you!

Anthrocon, the world's largest Furry convention, is a cash cow for local businesses.
Anthrocon, the world's largest Furry convention, is a cash cow for local businesses.

Furry Art

People have been drawing anthropomorphized animals for thousands of years—from prehistoric cave paintings, to representations of Egyptian gods. It is only within the last two decades that Furry art has become the focus of an organized fan base. Today, there are many tips on drawing Furry art available from other artists, as well as books on how to draw furries.

Even though Furry art has only coalesced into its own fandom in the last two decades, the inspiration behind it has been around for thousands of years.
Even though Furry art has only coalesced into its own fandom in the last two decades, the inspiration behind it has been around for thousands of years.


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