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A liger
Zig Zag, a tiger/skunk hybrid. Art by Max Black Rabbit
A squixen, a squirrel/fox hybrid. Art by Dustmeat.

A hybrid (biology-wise) is the offspring resulting from combining the qualities of two organisms of different breeds, varieties, species, or genera through sexual reproduction ("crosses").


The term hybrid is derived from the Latin hybrida, used for crosses such as a tame sow and a wild boar. The term came into popular use in English in the 19th century, though examples of its use have been found from the early 17th century.

Conspicuous hybrids are popularly identified with portmanteau names, starting in the 1920s with the breeding of a tiger/lion hybrids (ligers and tigons).


Generally, it means that each cell has the genetic material from two different organisms, whereas an individual where some cells are derived from a different organism is called a chimera. Hybrids are not always intermediated between their parents (such as in blending inheritance), but can show hybrid vigor, sometimes growing larger or taller than either parent.

The concept of a hybrid is interpreted differently in animal and plant breeding, where there is interest in the individual parentage. In genetics, attention is focused on the numbers of chromosomes, while in taxonomy, a key question is how closely related the parent species are.

Based on their "parent" lineage, hybrids themselves can be fecund (Dzomo) or sterile (Dzo).

Hybrids in mainstream culture/religion[edit]

Hybrid and furry[edit]

Furry characters, fursonas, or OCs, can be, as the same as in mainstream culture, hybrids of two biologically possible animal crosses, such as a coyote and a wolf, commonly identified as a coywolf, resulting in ligers, wolfdogs, coydogs, and tigons, among others.

But thanks to ideas/imagination not being impeded by logical biology, furry variations in hybridization are limitless, regardless of actual fertility facts. So, while authors can/have created characters in scenarios where they abided by mainstream genetics, crosses of every possible variation are present in the fandom thanks to its creative community. This includes crosses between:

  • Actual "biological cousins" - Such as a fox and a wolf, commonly identified in the furry fandom as a folf (or pholph).
  • Between not related biological species - Which can not interbreed, such as a tiger and a skunk, this cross popularized by furry artist Max Black Rabbit's popular character, Zig Zag. Other species such animals crossbreed with include reptiles, birds, insects or fish.
  • Between heterotrophs and autotrophs - Plants and animals.[1]
  • Synthetic biology with organic lifeforms - Like xenobots with any animal (like primagens, but not anthroids or inanimorphs).[2]
  • Life forms with the undead - Living furries and the living dead hybrids.[3]
  • Werewolf hybrids - In the fandom, lycanthrope crosses do occur between related animals or species, with one being the "base" animal (the human in the werewolf scenario).
  • Sometimes the cross is between not biologically related animals or species, in some concepts two animals that are diametrically opposite of each other, like a meek-looking bunny and/or a cute sheep transforming into an apex predator like a wolf, sometimes with a twist (I.e. werewolves still exhibiting prey animals' apprehensions after change).[4][5][6] Wolfwere variants (animal to human) do exist but are extremely rare in furry lore.
  • Monster hybrids - The crosses between inhuman creatures, such as a werewolf/vampire hybrid[7] do occur in the fandom, but are more common in mainstream culture (sometimes referred to as werepires or vaewolfves[8]/vaewolves,[9] or werepyres in relation to the last mentioned cross).

Popular hybrids in the fandom[edit]

Along Zig Zag, other known hybrid characters, fursonas, OCs, or people include:


  1. Category plant-hybrid characters page on Wikifur. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  2. Category robot characters page on Wikifur. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  3. Category undead characters page on Wikifur. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  4. Strollin' Through the Woods One Day... page on Fur Affinity. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  5. DD 16 page on Fur Affinity. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  6. Sandypants sketches page on Fur Affinity. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  7. Vampiric Werewolf page on the TV Tropes website. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  8. Werewolf-Vampire Hybrids page on the BloodRayne & Mia Wiki. Retrieved April 22, 2023.
  9. Vaewolf page on the Supernatural wiki. Retrieved April 23, 2023.

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