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A common topic among the anthro community (and heck, DeviantArt at large) is the classification of what is anthro, what is furry, and what isn't. Heck, even well-established artists have a hard time explaining it, and to quote Scott Kurtz of PvP: "Cartoon animals don't have boobs!"

An often-offered definition of the difference between Anthro and Furry is that Furry is a sexualized form of Anthro, whereas Anthro is simply drawing animals acting like humans and sipping tea; ergo, Anthro is the 'true' art and standard of civilization, while Furry is its mentally retarded drooly cousin, mostly consisting of cub porn and recolored Sonic OC's.

This is the most widely accepted definition between Furry and Anthro. It's also dead wrong.

To help demonstrate this, I've made up a simple graph to make it clear what 'Anthro' is and what Furry isn't:

How to Classify Anthro by jekkal

A brief explanation of the relevant bits so I'm not just repeating what's already written on the chart's deviation page:

Anthro covers every possible thing you could turn into a humanoid.
Anthro Machines are Droids.
Anthro Plants are Treants.
Anthro Animals are Furries.
Anthro anything else is . . . whatever you want to call it, it's not really important which.

In case you didn't notice it when you first saw the chart, the style, the context, and the genre are completely and utterly irrelevant. There is no delineation or special terminology given to obscene materials in that chart, or for cartoon characters, or for realistic representations of these concepts. There's a good reason for that.

If you are drawing ANY representation of an animal given human traits, it's Furry. It can be Mickey Mouse, It can be Sonic, it can be Hepcats fanart, it can be that Aflac duck . . . I don't care how sexualized or innocent, how cartoony or realistic, how crude or refined, if you are drawing animals doing things that you don't see animals doing in real life, it's Furry.

Attempting to classify yourself as Anthro when you're drawing Furry is deception at best and arrogance at worst — deception because while all furry is anthro, not all anthro is furry, and arrogance because it furthers this idea that drawing animals is okay only as long as it's within socially acceptable boundaries and you're not doing anything crazy like pretending you were a dragon or giving your catgirl the build of a college coed.

Yes, there are seedy elements of Furry, just like there are artistic nudes on DeviantArt. There is drawn pornography (commonly termed 'Yiff') in Furry, just like there's Hentai in Anime. There are plenty of Furry archives that will push these limits, just like there's other art archives out there that will post all the other stuff DeviantArt doesn't allow. There is no excuse for claiming all Furry is Yiff, just like there is no excuse for claiming all Anime is Hentai. (For those who have short memories, the Anime/Manga/Hentai connection was a common mistake in the 90's, but this too has died down thanks to the mainstreaming of Anime and Manga.)

Unless your animal characters are little plush toys, art sculptures, or some other series of inanimate objects that have somehow come to life, you are dealing in Furry  — and if said items have any human traits whatsoever, they're still Furry. The sooner we all accept this fact and stop treating the term 'Furry' like it only applies to the kinky fetish side of Anthro . . .

. . . the sooner we can get the rest of the internet to cut us some slack.
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pride-and-parliament Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to say I was anthro before I was comfortable accepting that I was furry. Because I was interested in furry things, but I wasn't certain that it was my identity. I guess I figured since "anthropomorphic" means "with human qualities" and "furry" means "with animal qualities," "anthro" was less, shall we say, DEEP than "furry." At any rate, I got over my trepidations (at least on the internet; I'm still basically closeted in real life), but that was what it connoted for me. "Anthro" is a fuzzy term (no pun intended) and when you say "furry," people know exactly what you mean.
I have to say, (personal) connotations aside, this is a good depiction of what makes someone "anthro" and what "furry."
Although... I have seen furry artists draw anthropomorphized plants ("treants"?) alongside furries, so I wonder whether you would consider it more accurate if they tagged those works as "anthro" rather than "furry"... Or perhaps it's best to be as specific as possible and tag them as both "furry" and "treant."
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Firefilly1996 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student General Artist
To clear things up:

This is a good point there is also a disbelief that all quote "Furries" are rebellious and into that Bestiality crap. This is not true in any way, however like you pointed out there will always be some in this category that with push the limit and thus these stereotypes arise. In my belief the term "Furry" and "Anthro" is similar to that of a Native american Spirit guide. The animals that are chosen portray a certain person (or persons) in one respect or another. It also allows an escape from reality even just for a little while. It also creates pieces of a person's mind (such as multiple animals meant to portray one person) that are materialized into an animal. The term anthro means an animal portraying human like qualities and does not say anything about "yif" or animal sex. Furry can be summed up under two names Ferals (animals that look like animals but with human traits) and anthros (humans with animal traits, such as a tail, that walk upright.) There have been furrys and anthros even before they were called that, just take a look at any cartoon like lion king or a school mascot suit. There are dark things behind the terms, but not ALL of these people are like that. Some just like the idea of an animal to portray themselves, others connect with friends this way. Fury, wereaniaml, anthro, skinwalker whatever you call yourself it's all the same. The base meaning being that a person chooses to become an animal in an alternate life. I myself do not consider myself a furry because of the negative attitude towards them, but rather that I have an animal spirit guide. My animal allows me to depict my life and events surrounding it without judgement or harassment. 
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AskAshThePonitronic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
alright so all im getting from this is at their is no such thing as anthro, because all your doing is explaining furries and giving next to no information about anthros .-.
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Sithcario Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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Console-Champion Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thanks so much, I had no idea. I was wondering if there was a difference
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IsellaHowler Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I agree. Wow, I was always wondering this. Thank you.
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akotori Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Thanks so much it was really helpful. I just have one question.... an animal withouth human shape, just animal appearance, but It's playing the guitar, it would be furry too??
Vinyl Scratch The DJ PON-3 Bunny Emoji-25 (Listening to music) [V2] 
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
for anyone confused: it's like comparing Mcdonalds with the food industry. mcdonalds makes a type of food, which is unfortunetely sometimes nasty. the food industry makes all food. mcdonalds is an analogy for furries here. the food industry is anthro itself.

i shoul mention that the analogy here was based on the assumption that there is at least 1 mcdonalds meal that the reader of this comment actually enjoys.
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Texas-Doughnut Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"If you are drawing ANY representation of an animal given human traits, it's Furry."

does it mean that ancient Egyptians were furries too?
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
although the idea seems very odd; technically, yes.
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Texas-Doughnut Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, they were pretty powerfull.
so i dont feel sorry for making my stuff anymore.
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014   Digital Artist
...although, here's the problem: you not a furry, you're a brony. That didnt start up until mlp, and thats with the generous assumption that it started with the original, not the modern one. Ponies, while technically anthropomorhic animals, do no apply to the ancient egyptian history, which depicts birds and wolf like creatures mostly. So, unless you also make artwork of something not mlp specific you cant really say that your art in any way connects with he ancient egyptians' anthropomorphic depictions of their gods.

simply put, anthropomorphic artwork stretches much farther back in history than mlp ponies do. MUCH furthur.
but that only adds another level to the heirarchy, doesnt really mean much else:

ANTHRO (main genre)
     [Furry (sub genre)
          [ponies (sub genre of the sub genre)
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Dr-GUNHaMMER Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
a furfag is a furfag
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
although i personally would use the kinder term "very confused furry", i agree. not all furries are the bad ones.
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Dr-GUNHaMMER Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
furries are gay = furfags
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
im straight. i do not support homosexuality. and i am, technically, a furry. so...to correct your statement,

"furries THAT are gay = [less vulgar equivalent here]"
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Dr-GUNHaMMER Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Wtf-am-i-reading by Dr-GUNHaMMER  
if you are a furry you are naturally gay so hypocrite lol
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
I am straight. You're argument is invalid.
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Dr-GUNHaMMER Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
i am not an argument. but you are gay.
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Alright, fine. You'll try to prove that i am gay with at least 3 facts.
They have to be based on things you've actually seen me say or do. and i mean, literally ME specifically.
here's my blog, it is a hub to every page on the internet that i post things on: h2fgamedev.blogspot.com/

I will use the same rule set to try proving that you are, in fact, presenting an argument.
I will not use generalizations or prejudice, i will only use your DA profile and any/all links you provide on it if necessary. but i doubt i'll need to, because this argument we are having coupled with a dictionary definition should be enough.

to win the game, you have to present 3 facts based on my actual posts on the internet, and i have to proove that you are presenting an argument with 3 facts as well.

there are only 2 ways to lose: backing out, and failing to provide the 3 facts.

I told you twice, and i'll be happy to tell you several more. I am straight. I do not find men to be attractive even in the slightest, and i am male.

have fun hunting for evidence you'll never find...
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Whisker-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
They still don't seem that different to me. Probably because most of my anthro OCs talk and have human intelligence.
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TheStarsBeyondtheSky Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
What about characters like Simba from The Lion King and Rarity from My Little Pony, who walk on four legs instead of two but can talk, wear clothes, and exhibit human intelligence, are they considered furry or just talking animals?
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RenamonMega Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
My mind is trying to process all of this information so far the classification between an Anthro and a Furry?

so how are they different, not trying to act like a smartass here but can a difference be noticed in the artwork.
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KomoniraTE Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Basically, "Anthro" is any humanoid. "Furry" are animal humanoids.

Ex.: a chair can be anthro, a potato can be anthro, a TV can be anthro, a fox can be anthro etc etc etc.
Furry is a sub-category. A dog can be furry, a parrot can be furry, a fish can be furry etc.
A humanoid flower is an anthro, but it is NOT a furry.
A humanoid cat is anthro AND furry.

Get it now? :)
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RenamonMega Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Now I get it thanks Komi and I didn't know you were journal jumping too.
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KomoniraTE Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, actually I was looking for the difference between anthro and furry too! xD
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RenamonMega Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh I never knew that until now :3
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nustad95 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Anthro is the mother-category of this style of drawing and Furry is the sub-category. There's no difference between the two per se, but Anthro just describes things that are like a human but at the same time is not a human (aka humanoid).
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RenamonMega Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Now I know about the mother category of Anthro yet their is not a way to describe their Sub category?
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darkhunter1987 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2014   General Artist
in the end there really is no difference in the end both have animal parts both have boobs and both have been called animal sex and both have creepy porn stuff
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Denari-Aiba Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
...? Isn't that just you basing it of stereotypes...? That's like saying every american is a redneck or that every black man is a gangster...Not all stereotypes are true. Yes, there are people attracted to "yiff" in the furry culture but to say all of them are like that is nothing but a stereotype.
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darkhunter1987 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   General Artist
its not a stereotype if its true and no im not bashing on them for being what they are I don't care if one yiffs or not  please read more carefully 
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Denari-Aiba Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
IT is a stereotype because not all of them are like that
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darkhunter1987 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   General Artist
sure there not -__-
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Denari-Aiba Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
They aren't ^^; Your opinion makes no sense. It's like saying someone listens to a japanese song ONCE in there entire life and "BAM! THAT MAN'S A WEEABO!"...It makes NO sense.
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darkhunter1987 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   General Artist
no you just don't get it cause your bias now drop it
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Denari-Aiba Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
How...am I Bias? ^^; aren't you the one being Bias?
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puijela Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
:-?
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StarNob Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My friend had asked me why do some people get attracted/turned on by cartoon anthros? 
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nustad95 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Some people like to have fantasies that will never come true. It's fun to think about it because a drawing or a video isn't real life. There are no consequences to being attracted to a fantasy manifested on a piece of paper or a computer screen.

Then there are others that are so into the furry aspect of anthros that they dress up like one and creates societies around this.

I think it would be weird if Anthros were real. 
Imagine this: You are walking down the street and suddenly you see a 5 feet tall cat person that can walk on two legs, talk and has the libido of a small village. You'd be a little scared.
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InayaForever Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Personally (and to avoid confusion for myself), i define Anthro as a humanoid but not necessarily super beastial (Like Neko girls with cat ears, tails, maybe paws, that type of thing) and Furries as the fully beastial appearance, be it bipedal or not. Im aware its incorrect (by the definition of Anthropomorphise), but its easier and quicker to think of :P
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rabbitmaskedman Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'l make a new dignified term for it, then.

Because furry will always sound utterly stupid.

Zoomorphic. 

Yes... That is LOADS better.
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VM893 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
what if you draw anthropomorphic animals with human features but don't portray them as sex objects? In that case, I may be an anthro artist.
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MarshiFluff Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I consider myself an anthro because I dont like calling my work furries, cuz that leads almost the whole fandom to think I will at one point do Yiff, depending on how many furs look at it.
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
I call myself a perfectly clean furry. that way, people know im a fan of animal anthropomorphism without having to worry about the negative stereotypes. And they know it's true too, because i never have and never will draw something unless it could be in a g rated film.
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HYPERTiZ Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
^ This
Im also classify myself as an Anthro as well. In school a couple years back (now year 12) my mate in college is like (lmao in year 7) i showed my mate this drawing "hypertiz.deviantart.com/art/Dr… pencil version etc)", "Oh your a Brony now...",

then i showed him this one:
 "hypertiz.deviantart.com/art/Se…"

"Oh now your a Brony AND a Furry now..." (*Conciously* dude wtf... T_T ) i assume he was just being a jerk.
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HYPERTiZ Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
i could end with  he is probably naive... T_T
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
In my opinion the terms are interchangeable unless you want to be technical, in which case anthropomorphic covers ANYTHING that displays human traits, the the furniture in Beauty and the Beast.  I think some people prefer to use the word anthro to remove themselves as much as possible to the bad stereotypes surrounding furries. Whether or not someone IS a furry is up to them. 
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MonotonousG Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a hard term to accept. I love drawing furry type art, but i hate classifying it "furry". whenever you search furry, it links to yiff and that can cause negative attention. I wish there was a term to separate clean furry from dirty furry. Yiff don't cut it!
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Blue-The-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   Digital Artist
^^^
this.
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