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phylum Chordata The ferret is a domesticated mammal belonging to the family Mustelidae. They typically have brown, black, white, or mixed fur. The ferret is a very close relative of the polecat, but it is as yet unclear whether it is a domesticated form of the European Polecat, the Steppe Polecat, or some hybrid of the two.

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class Mammalia
infraclass Eutheria
order Carnivora
suborder Caniformia
family Mustelidae
genus Mustela
species M. putorius
subspecies M. p. furo