Fancy may include ownership, showing, trialling and other competitions, breeding and judging. Hobbyists may simply collect specimens of the animal in appropriate enclosures, such as aquaria, vivaria and aviaries. Some fanciers keep hobby farms or private zoos. There are many animal fancy clubs and associations in the world catering for everything from pigeons to Irish Wolfhounds; members may own many animals or none at all.
There are also many animal fancying hobbies that include keeping animals considered exotic pets, such an example of a rapidly growing hobby is herpetoculture- the keeping of reptiles and amphibians.
Some examples of animal fancy organizations are:
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) is the largest cat fancy organization in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1910 and as of 2010, it comprises 146 affiliated cat clubs. It licenses cat shows and it issues around 30,000 pedigrees per year. The organization also conducts research into feline diseases through its charity, the Cat Welfare Trust.
- The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) is the largest cat fancy organization in the United States and was formed in 1906. It has more than 600 member clubs and its work includes licensing cat shows, maintaining breed standards, registering cats and catteries, and running programs to encourage participation in the cat fancy.
- The American Poultry Association is the largest and oldest poultry organization in the world. It licences poultry shows and judges and compiles the American Standard of Perfection.
- The Australian National Kennel Council is the supreme body for dogs in Australia. It registers dogs and maintains breed bloodlines, registers and approves judges, compiles and updates the breed standards for Dogs in Australia and acts as a regulating body for the state kennel clubs, who in turn licence and organize dog shows.
- Cat Fanciers' Association
- Cat show
- Dog breeding
- Conformation dog show
- Dog sports
- Domestic varieties of guinea pigs
- Fancy mouse
- Fancy rat
- Horse show
- Novelty pet
- Pigeon keeping
- Waiting for Wolves in Japan By John Knight, Oxford University Press 2003, pg 212 ISBN 0-19-925518-0
- Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States by Douglas Grant Smith, Robert William Pennak, 4th ed. John Wiley & Sons 2001, pg 468 ISBN 0-471-35837-1
- Reptiles now more popular pets than dogs By Jasper Copping, The Telegraph.c.uk 2008
- Governing Council of the Cat Fancy
- Cat Fanciers' Association, U.S.
- The American Poultry Association
- Australian National Kennel Council