Frequently Asked Questions
Here are hopefully some answers to questions you may have about Furry fandom.
- What is a furry?
- What does "anthropomorphic" mean?
- What is Furry fandom?
- What is a fursuit?
- Why do Furry fans wear fursuits?
- Do all Furry fans dress up in fursuits?
- Where can I get a fursuit?
- What is a Furry convention like?
- Where can I find Furry publications/comics?
Furry is a synonym for an anthropomorphized animal character. In other words, an animal character given human-like attributes, such as sapience and often a humanoid form. A creature does not need to have fur to be a furry. Other terms sometimes interchangeable with furry are "zoomorph", "morph", "anthropomorph" or "funny animal."
Some examples of furries would be cartoon animals featured in animation, such as Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo, or Donald Duck. Some may also appear as mascots or advertising characters, like McGruff the Crime Dog or the Exxon Tiger. On the other end of the spectrum, furries can be talking animals featured in fairy tales, such as Aesop's Fables or more modern literature, such as Watership Down.
Also, Furry fans themselves can be referred to as furries.
Anthropomorphic means giving human qualities or characteristics to animals or objects. Anthropomorphic characters do things that humans usually do—walk on two legs, wear clothing, drive a car, and so on.
The standard definition of Furry fandom is the appreciation, promotion, and production of stories and artwork which features anthropomorphic animals, and the exploration, interpretation and examination of humanity and human values through anthropomorphic expression. This can include animated cartoons, comic books and strips, stories, artwork, costumes, and stuffed animals.
A fursuit is a full-body animal mascot costume worn by a Furry fan.
It's fun! Fursuits can be quite elaborate (and expensive—typically they can cost $2,500 or more) and are usually shown off at convention masquerades. Some Furry fans also wear their fursuits to parades or for charity events.
No. Though they are the most noticable segment of the fandom, it should be noted only about 19% of Furry fans have fursuits. There are also "partial" fursuits, which consist of the fursuit head, arms, and sometimes feet. Some fans just wear the clip-on ears and tails.
Some Furry fans make their own fursuits, while others have them commissioned.
A Furry convention is similar to a Science Fiction or Anime convention, except that it focuses on anthropomorphic animals. Fans come to Furry conventions to buy and sell artwork, attend workshops, show off costumes, or just socialize. The largest Furry convention in the world is Anthrocon, with more than 4,000 attendees.
Felyne32K's Incomplete Listing of Zoomorphic Publications is a huge listing of fan-produced Furry publications. For comics, you can consult the Not Quite Complete, but None the Less, Very Thorough Furry Comic Book List, and its associated Publishers Address List. Additionally, a listing of online Furry comics is available at The Belfry Comics Index.