TL; DR - Is your persona just YOU with animal qualities, a character you wish to be, only the best parts of your personality, or a completely unrelated OC?
One of the things I've been noticing as I'm trying to make my first fursona is that he/she always ends up having a personality different from mine. Personally I have four personas I tote around:
Andrew - A slightly more confident version of myself. Basically this is who I am most of the time, or rather, who I became post-gender-identity choice.
Shiro - Who I am online most of the time. Shiro has a slight bite to him and gets pretty emotional. He's got a wider range of emotions than I do and isn't afraid to look like a weaboo and be a bit of a spaz. He's who I am at conventions.
Sardonis - A personality usually reserved for MMOs or games simply because he's unrealistic. Sardonis is every suave quality I have rolled into one. He flirts with everyone, woos the ladies and is really fun to be.
Amelia - for when I put on my lady face and act like a proper young woman for work/relatives. My "birth self" if you will.
Basically, I have this character and I'm not sure if he should be ALL of me with all of my personalities in tact or if I should assign one to him and create three more. I'd like to see Sardonis as an avian and Amelia as a feline. I think this fennec/satyr idea I have may just fall to Shiro or Andrew, but I was wondering what most people do.
Is your fursona you or does he encompass only the parts of you that you love most? Is he a completely separate OC that is nothing more than a character you play? Or is he just a personality-vacant avatar?
Thanks for reading, I look forward to the responses.