3.1 Species Popularity

Creating a fursona is one of the most universal behaviours in the furry fandom.🐾 Defined as anthropomorphic animal representations of the self, furries interact with other members of the fandom through the use of these avatars, both in-person (e.g., badges at...

3.2 Predator/Prey Distinction

Given that fursonas are generally thought of as “idealized” versions of the self,🐾 and given that some traits associated with predators (e.g., assertiveness, strength) may be desirable, we were interested in testing whether furries were more likely to choose...

3.3 Reason for Species Choice

In addition to knowing what a person’s fursona species is, people (furry and non-furry) often want to know why a person’s fursona is the species that it is. These stories are often unique, and it would be next to impossible to fully capture the numerous variables that...

3.4 Fursona Origin

Relatively little is known about the process of fursona creation. For example, while many furries describe their choice of fursona species as inspired by a particular show, character, story, legend, or exemplar of a species (e.g., a famous animal, a pet, etc.), many...

3.5 Species Perception

We asked furries to rate their fursona species, as well as several other species, on a number of traits, expecting to find that different species scored higher on different traits🐾 However, something else happened, rather unexpectedly: regardless of the...

3.6 Fursona Gender

In studies asking about fursonas and gender, we’ve often asked furries to not only identify their own gender, but to also indicate, on a 1-5 scale, the extent to which their fursona’s gender identity is similar to (“my fursona is only ever the same gender as I am”) or...