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 traits1 However, something else happened, rather unexpectedly: regardless of the participant’s actual species (dragon, fox, wolf, etc.), they were more likely to see their particular species as more masculine and feminine than the other species, more sociable, more fun, and admirable than others. They were also more likely to see their species as less aggressive than others, even if it was a member of a species commonly assumed to be aggressive (e.g., a lion or a dragon). In short: furries are biased to see “their” species as better than others do, regardless of what the stereotypes of that species are. It may be the case that by identifying with a species held in a positive light may serve a useful self-esteem bolstering function for furries (a topic addressed in greater detail in section 3.12).
Furscience is the dissemination arm of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP)
“Given that most furries are LGBTQ+, this may preclude many from being religious, especially if the religion is at odds with LGBTQ+ people,” said
@furscience researcher Dr. Courtney Plante, on why 75% of furries are non-religious. https://religionnews.com/2022/08/02/mixing-faith-with-furries-things-can-get-hairy/
My reply with credit for Troj, a member of @furscience. Troj personally made a map of where the urban myth spread.
Our team is working away on a book that includes updated statistics (between the other projects!). It will be a bit before it is released. However, we were recently asked on twitter about the fandom's gender breakdown. Here's data from three online and convention studies (21-22).