The fandom is explained by furries in their own words.Furry fandom refers to the fandom for the furry genre of literature, art and entertainment.
In Canada, this drunk zebra walked into an apartment, and it wasn’t the opening line to a joke.
It wouldn’t have been a crime, either, except the zebra had walked into someone else’s home, and wouldn’t leave when asked nicely.
Because the universe has a sense of humor, the combative drunk wearing the zebra costume was named Marshall Mann (“martial man”). In 2001, George Gurley wrote a provocative piece for Vanity Fair on the pursuit of life and love as a furry, explaining that “it’s sex; it’s religion; it’s a whole new way of life.” He provided a lexicon of furry terminology, including “scritching” (grooming another’s fur), “yiffing” (mating), and “fur pile” (orgy).
These activities popped up on millions on television screens when “Fur and Loathing,” a 2003 episode of “CSI: Las Vegas” — then the most popular show on network television – focused on the murder of a man in a raccoon fursuit who was attending a fictionalized furry convention.
Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of artists, writers, role players and general fans of the furry art forms who gather on the net and at conventions.
Members of the furry fandom, known as furry fans, particularly enjoy media that includes fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.
You may have no idea the furry fandom exists or have ever heard of a furry convention, let alone any of the websites; simply liking 'anthro' critters makes you a furry.
The way I see it, if or if you don’t consider yourself a furry is a matter of personal opinion.
Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walking on two legs, and wearing clothing.
Characters that morph between human and animal form are also considered by some to be part of the genre.
As with any hobby, most furries are normal people just like anyone you'll meet at work/school or going to/from work/school or anywhere.