If you happen to visit Argentina and come across a few cheap Pet Poodles, beware they might be pumped up Ferrets….I shit you not. These ferrets are given steroids at birth and groomed to resemble a fluffy Poodle (shame poor ferrets) 🙁 So watch out for this scam, I honestly think that a ferret is way more awesome than a poodle, and I think Killerlamb will also vouch for it.

Very hard to tell the difference between the two

Very hard to tell the difference between the two

But if you happen to come across a suspicious looking dog, here are a few hints that might help you distinguish the two:

  • Ferrets weigh around three pounds and have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.
  • When happy, ferrets may perform a routine known as the weasel war dance – which is characterized by a series of hops and frenzied attempts to bump into things.
  • This is often accompanied by a soft clucking noise called dooking. When upset ferrets make a hissing noise.
  • Toy poodles are known for their intelligence and are around 25 cm tall and weigh around nine pounds.
  • If a toy poodle exceeds 25 cm height, it cannot compete in any dog show as a toy poodle.
  • Toy poodles have long life spans and have been known to live as long as 20-years.
  • They are described as sweet, cheerful and perky and lively and love to be around people.
They may appear fluffy at first

They may appear fluffy at first

Ferrets are known to be mistaken quite often as Poodles

Ferrets are known to be mistaken quite often as Poodles