Buyer's have several options regarding where to purchase a ferret.
For many first-time Ferret seekers, a local Pet Store is where they may see their "first ferret."
Most ferrets sold in retail stores and chains, such as a local pet store, come from large commercial breeders.
Large commercial breeders sell ferrets as young kits after they are weaned from their mothers, usually at 5 to 8 weeks of age.
Kits are spayed or neutered and descented, prior to being shipped to a pet store.
Kits from a pet store will only have one distemper vaccination but will need a full series to achieve proper immunity. Many times a pet store may not know the best way to care for your ferret. You will need to seek out expert information.
Ferrets from private breeders may be somewhat older than pet-store ferrets.
They are often 2 months of age or older. This depends on whether the private breeder wants to retain the ferret to "show" for themselves.
A reason to purchase from a private breeder is to obtain a "whole" ferret - one that can be bred and can be shown in competitive ferret shows.
In many cases, it is the new Ferret Owner who is responsible for spaying/neutering and descenting the ferret -- if they so choose.
Indeed, the private breeder may include specific requirements or stipulations in the Purchase Contract.
It is important to locate a breeder that is knowledgeable and reputable and has a ferret that best suits your needs.
Doing your homework before you purchase a ferret is important. Research about ferrets before you decide to take one home for your sake as well as the ferret's.
Know what to ask the breeder in how to CHOOSE A BREEDER.