Wikifur has a nice summary of characters sorted by species. And I used this data to have a little look what are the most favorite species ;3
For the following evaluation I have neglected Hybrids, Aliens, Monsters, any artificial races (like Lombax, Chakat, Sergal,) but included mythological races like centaurs, satyrs, unicorns, dragons etc.
The Big Three:
1) Canid Characters:
Wolves, Dogs and Foxes (and their subspecies) make up about 1/3rd of the whole population
2) Feline Characters:
House Cat, Tiger, Lions, etc... are close behind with 1/5th.
Dragons alone contribute around 6% to the whole (no dragon hybrids were counted cause those are a lot as well.
And here are the broken down top 10.
1) Wolves (~13%)
2) Foxes (~7%)
3) Dragons (~6%)
4) House Cat (~5%)
5) Tiger (~4%)
6) Lion (~4%)
7) Dog (generic) (~3%)
8) Husky (~3%)
9) Rabbit (~3%)
10) Racoon (~3%)
Disclaimer: These values are strongly rounded and are a rough estimation at best, even though it contains around 5700 characters. This is since there are some inconsistencies. For example, the list contained some non-original characters (like Minerva Mink) which has affected the numbers a little bit. Also I can't claim the numbers to be all correct (since nobody was double checking my work).
And lastly I can't say if the entries in Wikifur are a representative sample throughout the whole fandom (since mostly rather well known characters are in there or characters that just happened to have friends active on the site or were entered by the owners themselves.)
Nevertheless the biggest numbers should be pretty close to the truth.
What can we learn from that? If you want a character that is somewhat unique avoid the following species:
Any Canid species (Wolf, Fox, generic Dog and Husky in particular)
Any Feline species (Cat, Lion and Tiger in particular)
Any Dragon (including hybrids)
And also those:
6 years, 9 months ago
19 Dec 2011 17:11 CET