Top 10 Animals Known to Show Emotions or Feelings

An emotion is a feeling such as happiness, love, fear, anger, or hatred, which can be caused by the situation that you are in or the people you are with.

Just like man, animals also show emotions and express feelings to man and/or other animals.

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The Top Ten
1 Dogs The domestic dog is a wolf-like canid in the genus Canis, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore. It is active all around the world, and is one of the most popular domestic pets as of 2021. They come in more than 350 breeds.

These loyal creatures use their tails and barks to express their feelings. They become more emotional when domesticated.

Well duh, the iconic "three tone sad pant".

2 Dolphins Dolphins are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the order Cetacea, excluding whales and porpoises, so to zoologists the grouping is paraphyletic.

Dolphins are also intelligent mammals who live in the sea. They are known to smile when happy, and are very friendly to man. They also become sad when another dolphin dies.

3 Elephants Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Two species are traditionally recognized, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species.

Elephants have the largest brain among all land animals, and tend to be more intelligent than other predators (including "King Lion"). They express their emotions through body language. They give and receive love. They also form strong relationships with man. They are also known to grieve when their loved ones die.

4 Cats The "House Cat", also known as the Domestic Cat or the Feral Cat, is a small feline, a good hunter, and comes in a variety of colors and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated. They are highly intelligent and good at problem solving.

Once domesticated, they become more attached to man. They show emotions through body language such as wagging of tails showing aggressiveness or need for space.

So cute that I love them!

5 Birds

Birds show loyalty to their owners. They are also intelligent and emotional, though not all birds show emotion.

6 Horses The horse is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae, and can be tamed, bred, and trained, as a mount.

As they are being domesticated and used as means of transportation, they have built a strong bond with man. They tell if they are angry, happy, or too tired to run.

7 Wolves Often in/from packs, Wolves are carnivorous Canines that come in various colours and breeds, and have evolved to Dogs. Some breeds of Wolves are, like Dogs, domesticated, to become a Working Dog.

Wolves are my spirit animal and I think I have a pretty good spirit I'm kind and very thoughtful, plus I love all food and all animals. Wolves are great at showing emotion and how they are feeling.

8 Monkeys Monkeys are haplorhine primates, a paraphyletic group generally possessing tails and consisting of approximately 260 known living species.

Monkeys are intelligent, humorous, playful, and romantic creatures. They can fall in love, and can also tell jokes. Also, they grieve when their loved ones die.

9 Honey Bees

Surprisingly, honey bees also express feelings, and are known to show optimism.

10 Rats Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.

Rats show emotions through chirps, squeaks, hissing etc. Surprisingly, they can also cry tears when they are sad, upset, stressed, or sick.

Seven foot rat, with rats along his back, when he calls your rats it all fades to rats

The Newcomers

? Guinea Pigs The guinea pig, also called the cavy or domestic guinea pig, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia.
The Contenders
11 Cows Cattle—colloquially cows—are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos taurus.

Cows can also feel empathy and sympathy, as they become sad when abused or abandoned by their owners. They also grieve when their loved ones die.

12 Bears Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae. Bears are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives.

Bears are very spiritual

13 Chimpanzees Chimpanzees are primates of the genus Pan which consists of the common chimpanzee and the bonobo. They are a part of the tribe Hominini, which also includes humans, and the family Hominidae where all great apes are included. Like their closest living relatives the modern humans, chimpanzees are social ...read more.
14 Lions The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

Lions are very powerful, and cool looking.

15 Fish
16 Tigers The tiger is the largest cat species, most recognizable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside.
17 Ants Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera.
18 Orangutans
19 Sheep The sheep is a quadrupedal, ruminant mammal typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates.
20 Bonobo
21 Scorpions
22 Rabbits Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. Rabbits are known for having long ears, and for being agile, as in having a notable ability to jump.
23 Rhinoceroses A rhinoceros, often abbreviated to rhino, is one of any five extant species of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae, as well as any of the numerous extinct species.
24 Hippopotamuses The common hippopotamus, or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus.
25 Hamsters Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. The subfamily contains about 25 species, classified in six or seven genera.
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