Top 10 Best House Pets

There are so many popular house pets, but what is number 1?

The Top Ten

1 Dogs Dogs The domestic dog is a wolf-like canid in the genus Canis, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore.

I think dogs are friendly and loving. As they say " A mans best friend is a dog" I agree. I have the cutest cairn terrier. He is loving and when we take him for walks he always gets complements on how cute he is. He also does not tear up the carpet and make foot prints in the carpet. When has wet feet he knows he has wet he runs into his cage and waits until he has dry feet. So dogs are definitely a great house pet.

Beautiful, dutiful, happy, good, loyal, bests friend, playful, loves you the way you are, protects family, there for you when you are sad, know to show best greetings when you come home! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! - IceCream

This is one of the all-time best comments on The Top Tens. It sums up dogs so accurately and beautifully, that it makes me cry. - Crwth

How are dogs superior other pets, for example the second top voted pet: cats? There is such a comment: dogs think: human feed us, they must be gods, and cats think: human feed us, we must be the gods. Dogs are selfless, they protect, they attack, they bring you happiness, they cheer you up. They understand you more than any other pets, even animals, they understand you even more than you think. They feel it when you are happy and they feel it when you are sad. They will be your best friend for life, they can be seen as your child, but a extremely obeying, submissive and clever one. Those exciting welcomes, those lickings, those plays from the dogs give you attention and love. We who have dogs as a pet, do gestures and talk to them, we were, or are, or would see them as a human being, a superior level to a pet. Doesn't all of those make Dogs a first place on this list?

No animal has aided humans in their endeavors more than canines (horses come closest)... And the best part of that story is the benefits have come full circle to help both sides. Only ignorant people debate whether cats are as good as dogs to humans. Those who know, shut the debate down... Dogs will, and do, put their lives on he lines to protect their human companions. Search and rescue, bomb detection, hunting, etc... What would be considered a miracle when accomplished by a cat, is considered a daily job for hundreds of thousands of dogs. Cats are known to devour their deceased owners, dogs are known to die of starvation alongside a deceased owner rather than opting to eat him/her... Say what you want about intelligence but you can't argue the loyalty and dedication. Dogs are even known to become depressed and pass away due to the broken heart phenomenon similar to an old couple. Dogs get criticized for being loud... It's a shame because back when we needed a manual warning system ...more

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2 Cats 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.

Cats are so much better than dogs because:
-Cats clean themselves and have better hygiene
-Cats don't need to be walked, but sometimes you can train them to take walks outside (I've seen it before)
-Cats can learn just as many tricks as dogs. My grandma's old cat used to play fetch all the time.
-Cats can sit on your lap. Only small dogs can do this.
-Cats don't wake your neighbors.
-You don't need to take them out every few hours JUST to go to the bathroom.
-Cats are much cuter than dogs.
-Dogs kill and hurt people more in a year than cats would in a lifetime. I would know, since my mom got attacked by a pitbull (God, I hate large dogs like those).
-Cats are safer than dogs. Meaning, they are most likely not to pounce on guests or scare kids. My little brother is afraid of dogs but he thinks my cats are adorable.
-Cats can get feisty, but you will barely get hurt. When my cats are feisty, they barely make a scratch.
-Cats can nibble on your arms! ...more

I've owned and loved both dogs and cats. Your cat comments are true, but your dog comments are ignorant. I sympathize for your bad experience and fear, but because of these, you hate all dogs. How sad and how unfair. Dogs help many more people than they harm.

Cats are fantastic companions. The most important thing that makes them better than dogs is their ability to be your friend without being your slave. You don't have to keep them under your constant control so that they will be safe and non-destructive. They don't bark, they won't attack your neighbors, they won't bother anyone who doesn't want to be around them. Cats are incredibly subtle and useful as pets. In some places in the world, there is still a need for cats as a means of vermin control, and unlike dogs, they don't need to be selectively bred or trained to do so. Here in the U.S. they are immensely popular as companion animals. They can even be therapy animals.

Some dogs are nice, smart, and useful if raised responsibly, but others are crap, and will attack and kill people, cats, and other dogs or become barking, destructive nuisances.

Both cats and dogs are good pets, but I personally prefer cats, as I have always been a cat person. In fact, I have 2! But dogs can be nice as well. My best friend has a sweet dog named Buddy. But I voted for cats, because I still prefer cats. They are just so loveable and sweet!

Cats are very loving and snuggly, but also independent, so you don't have to provide them all of your attention all of the time like you do with a lot of dogs. They are self-sufficient for the most part, able to be left alone for a weekend trip and never need to be "walked" at 2AM in the snow. I have had several cats that also enjoyed learning tricks, including "fetch" and "shake, " although I wouldn't consider this the norm.

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3 Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world.

Beautiful animals, friendly, funny ears and always twitching.

Rabbits are the best because they are smart funny friendly home pet or outdoor pet that is why rabbits are amazing if they stink it means just clean its cage and litter box you could train your rabbit to do lots of tricks even put a ball in the hoop I seen it in YouTube rabbbits are cuddly but they are afraid of being not in the ground but if they want to cuddle you they will but if there scared they will run away oh and there adorable there like cats but better I think you should get 1 and see for your self rabbits have there own personality not by there couler or breed they all have deffrent personality like even if they were the same breed and that's why rabbits are amazing pets

Rabbits are so cute and mine follows me around the house they are really good pets so go and buy one

they are so soft and cute! -

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4 Hamsters Hamsters Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. The subfamily contains about 25 species, classified in six or seven genera.

I used to have a hamster. They're so cute and fluffy and are full of character. They love to play and interact with their owners. They're my favourite animal (along with guinea pigs)

I have got two before but it die but I still love them they are awesome

Hamsters are so so sooo cute

Hamsters are good pets I've had one before. I'm thinking about getting one more because there so easy to look after and there cheep. Hamsters are not good for children under 6. I have a friend that breeds them and he says that there very easy to breed so unless you what baby's keep males and females apart also don't put two males together because they will fight once my cousins hamster almost died. So I would recommend a hamster as a pet.

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5 Lizards Lizards

I love lizards

Blue tongue skinks are the BEST lizard to have as a pet. Very docile and you don't have to feed bugs! They eat dog food and vegi's! (With calcium and vitamin supplements. ) You don't have to feed them every day. They love to cuddle. Best of all, they live up to 25 years!

Best pet ever better than cats but not dogs

They are cool but probably hard to take care of.

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6 Guinea Pigs 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.

I love guinea pigs! I have six and they are ADORABLE!

Great pets! They are really lovely and cute and are great with children!

It's an absolutely great pet to have!

I love guinea pigs! They are cute and so fun to watch!

Best pets ever have one and he's ADORABLE

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7 Ferrets Ferrets The ferret is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela of the family Mustelidae.

Ferrets are like a combination of a cat and a dog only better! So agile and playful, they can even be trained to come when called or do tricks. Their little ferret dance is always a blast to watch and their curiosity forever getting them into adorable awkward situations. If ever something goes missing, check your ferrets stash, it's almost certain the little carpet sharks decided it belongs to him now. Need less space than both dogs and cats, and have so much character, love them

Playful, cute, hilarious, who wouldn't want one? They can be easy to take care of, just make sure they have food and water at all times and play with them everyday.

I think that ferrets are so cute and fun to have. They have so much energy and sleep 18 to 20 hours a day!

Finally! A list where ferrets are in the TOP TEN! They should beat hamsters because hamsters are CANNIBALS!

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8 Fish

I love fish so much, and I currently have 4 tanks of my own, and I am constantly able to have fun while I watch them, feed them, and clean their tank. I highly recommend getting into the fish hobby, and learning all you need to know before you get a few fish because if you don't follow certian guidelines for fish keeping, your fish won't be very happy, and they will not live a good life. Overall, I think fish are great pets, and if you and your family have enough room for a tank or two, you should definitely get them! They are super easy to customize to what you like because there are so many different species, with brillant colors, and different sizes and shapes.

I love fish. They are beautiful in a nice aquarium



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9 Turtles

My nickname is Turtle

Turtles are interesting

I think the might be ok

Easy to take of and make great pets.

Amazing as geckos

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10 Birds Birds

I would like a pet parakeet named "Alfred".
Parakeets make really good pets because they can talk (because of some sort of wiring in their brains), and are low maintenace pets.

Birds are much more cost-effective and easy to take care of in comparison to what they have to offer. Many birds can be just as social as dogs in cats, and much more than rabbits. They best part about birds is that they are extremely easy to breed and the babies are not hard to raise.

I have two whiteface cockatiels called Charlie and Lily. They squawk a lot. - IceBearRules

They are very smart and affectionate! - HeyItzGrace

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The Contenders

11 Hedgehogs Hedgehogs A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae, in the eulipotyphlan family Erinaceidae.

I want to keep a hedgehog as a pet because they're cute, cuddly and low maintenance.
Oh, I almost forgot, I need to get the just right supplies it needs.

I had a pet hedgehog. He pooped a lot but was otherwise incredible. - SharkLover12

Hedgehogs are a little more maintenance but are so much fun, there cuddly too!

They are great pets. I have one called Lila and another called Pete. They don't actually spike you, they only do that when they're scared. So don't frighten them. they like to cuddle up with you and they are so cute.

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12 Snakes Snakes Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears.

Interesting animals with easy care

Like every animal every individual snake has different personalities. I have a ball python and a boa both friendly and love gentle human attention.. BUT one likes to venture and mingle from one person to the next and the other I can just leave on the lawn and he won't move till I come back :)

But any ways very independent. Doesn't beg for attention. And adults eat any where from 2 weeks- 3months... But I wouldn't try starve them that long the tend to "hibernate" in northern climates. That being said they need HEAT to live though.


I have 2. A fox snake and a corn snake. Both are docile and adorable. They are low maintenance and fun pets. - SharkLover12

Yes to SNAKES!

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13 Chinchilla Chinchilla Chinchillas are two species of crepuscular rodents, slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels. They are native to the Andes mountains in South America and live in colonies called "herds" at high elevations up to 4,270 m.

They're extremely cute and has a very special place in my heart ever since I saw one!

Chinchillas are amazing pets: buy 2 and they will be happy and put them in the just right cage. PS, chinchillas are so adorable!


I want this because it is in Phineas and Ferb

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14 Bearded Dragon Bearded Dragon

I have a beardie, she is so docile and fun to habdle and watch eat!

Why so low on the list? I have a bearded dragon. He is adorable, he doesn't make a mess, he is docile and fun to handle. If you have one, get a lid though. My brothers' cats think he looks delicious. - SharkLover12

They rock, man.

There great for a pet

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15 Chicken Chicken The chicken is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 19 billion as of 2011.

I think their great they can learn to use a litter box like a cat and their so sweet I had one and she would follow me around everywhere

They are adorable and follow you everywhere they should be at the top of the list

Baby chickens are so cute with there little wings they squeak but one has never bitten me before

Chickens are surprisingly good pets, depending on their personality hey become very tame

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16 Goats Goats The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe.

I have a gorgeous goat. She's so fun and lets me cuddle her. Goats are awesome.

They are expensive, time consuming animals that require a lot of space but don't worry! It's worth it! Although I wouldn't say these animals are house pets, most likely they will need an area outside to graze and maybe even a little shelter outside, so they aren't house pets in most cases but if you have a lot of outdoor space they can be very rewarding animals

Pygmy goats are adorable loving they will love you just as much as you cat or dog and yes they do cost a bit but it is all worth it for a friend for life

I want a pygmy goat, I love them I might get a boy and a girl the food is free and I think cats, dogs, ferrets and pygmy goats are the best pet on the planet

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17 Arctic Fox Arctic Fox The Arctic fox, also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundra biome.

I would not recommend keeping one as a pet, but it truly is a beautiful animal, probably one of my favorites.

No! Please, never ever get an exotic pet! Arctic foxes deserve good habitats, and the only place fit for them is their natural habitat...the Arctic Circle! It is animal abuse to get one, not to mention illegal, inconsiderate, and flat-out crazy! If they get lost, they are a very dangerous to other pets, small humans, and their own selves! If you really want an Arctic fox, get a dog that acts/feels/looks like Arctic foxes!

They are just so cute and the best!
Please you should get them!


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18 Sugar Gliders Sugar Gliders The sugar glider is a small, omnivorous, arboreal, and nocturnal gliding possum belonging to the marsupial infraclass.

Little squirrel like animal doesn't "fly" but jumps long distances using spread skin. Very Friendly. Sleeps in a small pouch or bag and can be trained to sit in a bag around your neck or in your pocket. (brought one to school in the pouch under my jacket and nobody knew. ) Nocturnal. When in pain or afraid of danger the animal lets out a growl or small squeak-ish noise to warn you. Very Good Housepet. But be aware although friendly the animal needs great attention and cleaning. If you don't spend great amounts of time with the animal he/she will create a hate toward you and begin to bite or get scared or mean towards you.

Yes very cute

Sugar gliders are so adorable but not as low-maintenance as hamsters, gerbils, or guinea pigs.

Sugar gliders are good pets, even though they're opossums.


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19 Tortoise


Tortoises are the best I have 2 red footed tortoise and 4 Herman’s tortoises

Great pets! Assuming you know what you're getting into, these animal must live on a "Tortoise Table" not in a tank, and they live very long so be prepared to have them for a while, also, depending on the type, they can get quite big. So bottom line is that they make great pets as long as you know what you're doing, what you're getting into, and your willing to spend time and money on these animals

There are many varieties that grow to different sizes, eat different foods and have different personalities like the tiny Egyptian tortoise to the big leopards. Best pet ever

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20 Butterfly Butterfly Butterflies are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera, along with the moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.

I raised one. They eat leaves as babies and slurp juice from oranges as adults (at least mine did.) - SharkLover12

Keep away from ages 8 and younger

That's not a pet at all

Not really a pet, but raising them is fun!

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21 Teacup Pig Teacup Pig

They are cute and tiny just what I like

They need to go higher

TEACUP PIGS DO NOT EXIST! So do not get one thinking it will fit in a teacup for its entire life. If you do not have a lot of room for it than do not get one. Potbelly pigs do exist and are amazing. They are extremely smart and caring pets who will love you forever if you love them back. As I am writing this, my pig Matthew is sleeping on my lap. They make great pets as long as you are prepared.

Pigs make awesome pets and should be higher on the list. They're clean and very smart. They are very loving and bond easily. Plus they love to snuggle!

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22 Pigs

Cute and friendly

These are great animals to have but DO YOUR RESEARCH or these animals can make your life horrible, they ar every intelligent and will damage your house if you don't provide them with stimulation and that myth about them staying tiny? Couldn't be further from the truth! These animals can reach a maximum weight of 50 pounds when they're adults so make sure you know what you're getting into when you get one of these and remember that these are not low maintenance animals! But if you do your research you will be very happy with your new pet!

I own a potbellied pig. He can be very challenging, but he is so unique and fun. They all have different personalities. I have raised mine from 3 months old and I have never seen him snap in a situation other than when he has felt threatened. The only real problem that I've had is that they can be loud and they tend not to be good with kids, because pigs are sensitive and emotional. I have had many of the animals on this list, but my pig, in my opinion, is by far one of the best pets that I've had.

Micro pigs are very cute and easy to look after! They will wow your friends and be your best friend at the same time! If you have a dog that's really good but of not I highly recommend getting 2!

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23 Fennec Fox Fennec Fox The fennec fox or fennec is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat.

They are so cute and pettin

It would be extremely cruel and even considered animal abuse to have a pet fennec fox

How? People in the last Ice Age kept some wolves as pets and domesticated them into dogs. I see no problem in keeping fennec foxes as pets, as long as they're taken good care and not kept in cages. - DinoLover4242

These are amazing pets to have I own 5 of them very low maintenance and easy to take care of them. Also, easy to train my friends fennec fox can spin around. They also are great with other animals. I fed my fennec's twice a day.

Just like arctic foxes, they are loud, distant, and aggressive and won't make good pets. Their behavior is a lot like cats so just get a cat. - missyweirdo

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24 Capybara Capybara The capybara is the largest rodent in the world. It is a member of the genus Hydrochoerus, of which the only other extant member is the lesser capybara.

These and als shouldn't be kept as pets unless you know what you're getting into, I cannot stress this enough because these animals need proper care or they will ruin your life from noise to damage, you name it! You must learn a lot about these animals before bringing one into your home, and you also must check to make sure they are legal to keep where you live because they aren't legal everywhere

They are like giant guinea pigs, I LOVE THEM

Don't listen to the comments that say the should not be kept as pets. You just need to be a dedicated family and have a pool. They are sweet, loving, affectionate, playful, and very friendly! Consider getting two because like guinea pigs they get lonely very easily! They are legal in a lot of states so yeah...

Amazing. If you have a pool, you don't need to give them exercise, they are huge rodents, they're sweet, and they are cute.

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25 Horses

Horses are my all time favourite animal, I have horses and I love them so much, however all of the animals on here are amazing! If I could I would pick all them...I love animals so much

Amazing, but not house pets - SassyEquine

My uncle has a farm and I have my own horse! Tara is so loving and gentle! She starts slowly so I can get used to riding her and then picks up speed. SHE IS AMAZING! - Swiftdawn

Horses are great I'm working with a horse named stormy!

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26 Hermit Crabs

I have them and thought they were a good idea at first but I was totally wrong. If you want a pet that will interact with you they are not the right one for you, at least in my case. They hide most of the time and aren't to keen on interaction (hence their name being HERMIT crabs). I also feel, in my opinion, they are way more work then their worth; it is recommended to change their cage bedding weekly and food and water daily, my parents are divorced so I simply am not able to follow that schedule. Even my local pet store employee advised me that I wouldn't like them. She was right and I should have listened! Once again this is my experience and my opinion don't get your panties in a bunch if you absolutely love hermit crabs and think I'm crazy this is just my opinion you're entitled to yours as I am entitled to mine.

I have one and I must say they are low maintenance but depending on your crab's personality they may not be very social. Most people would recommend a cage mate but my crab does not like cage mates and will not be happy if I try to introduce another crab. But if you want one of these pets be aware that they live VERY long, I've had mine since I was 8 years old and she's 21 years old now but still has a good 10 years left! So be aware that these pets live LONG but personally, I haven't regretted the pet yet

They are awesome easy to take care of weird and funny I had them for 1-2 years. you can take them out of their cage they get scared really easy. I am only 9 years old and I took care of them for a while they don't bother. and like to climb on bar cages.

Awesome good pets I have one their quiet except at night the move around be careful they might pinch!

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27 Mice Mice A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is also a popular pet.

I would say rats more than mice both are very difficult and hard to care for but are so much fun to play with they are my favorite animal!

Many people see mice as smelly gross rodents but from my experience, mice are very playful and are very adventurous. Mice don't smell as bad as you think however this is said if you clean their cage weekly. Mice can be trained as well as rats and ferrets. Mice are very cute and love making little warm beds in small containers. It is recommended to buy two or more mice of the same gender, these little friends love to cuddle up to each other and clean themselves often.

Yeah! Cool! You can just leave them in your living room! And boom! Also, they are cute AND clean! In case you wonder, there IS a difference between rats and mice, mice love adventures and try to get away, rats will sit on your lap while you pet them! (Males usually, but females are sweet, too) but mice are also awesome!

Mice are small cute rodents very playful and are great for pets! These curios critters are the most cutest thing I've ever seen!

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28 Pigeon Pigeon Pigeons and doves constitute the bird family Columbidae, which includes about 310 species. Pigeons are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and short slender bills. They primarily feed on seeds, fruits, and plants.

Most pigeons, like mine, are kept in a loft, but a pair of pigeons can be kept in a large birdcage in the house. Fancy pigeons are best for indoor pets. - Crwth

29 Snails

I love snails

"Snail slime is sold in holland and barrett, this is a natural source of smlime. Good for your skin"

They have the cutest eyes and are so simple to look after you just have to love them

Snails are so cute, and they poop multicolored poop! Fascinating pets to have.

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30 Degus Degus The common degu is a small caviomorph rodent endemic to the Chilean matorral ecoregion of central Chile. The name "degu" on its own indicates either the entire genus Octodon or, more likely, O. degus.

Pronounced Day-goo these fascinating animals are like gerbils! And are a cute little addition to most households if you are willing to provide the money, time and space

Saw one in a pet shop and fell in love. I couldn't get it, sadly, but they're cute and a decent price. Do your research and this could become your new companion!

Totally great. Just make sure you do your research and handle them often. One of the best rodents ever.( not actually a rodent though. Lol)

Guinea pig and hamsters are in the same family as degus

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31 Bees Bees

Bees are great "pets" but they are not the average house pet, they do not live in a house, they need a beehive (you can buy these at special shops though, and the east quality one are wooded) and they need to live outside, although, if you know what you're doing you will soon have an interesting insect, or insect hive, and fresh honey! I personally do not own bees but 2 friends of mine do, and I must say that they are very interesting! My friends get honey from them (I have never tasted better honey in my life) and they can even make candles with the beeswax! So these are interesting pets, but only for certain people


Okay, okay, okay. Bees are NOT a good pet for you. They will soon take over your whole family! The only way to get rid of them is to have them sting one of you.

They make sweet honey yum yum slurp slurp gobble gobble

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32 Salamanders

Easy to take care of and is funny looking. These come in all sorts of different colour varieties and very easy to keep. Has to be in the top 20.

My substitute teacher had one. Its name was tiger. He was cute, but he died at age 14.

They get used to quick if you love them they will love you back

Are boss get salamander or lizard!

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33 Chimpanzee Chimpanzee 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 more.

No, just no. These are not house animals and can be very dangerous one they reach maturity, I can't tell you how many people have been seriously injured or even killed from these animals. They are not pets and anyone who keeps one is a monster. These animals belong in the wild

This is not a pet, it is cruel to cage an chimpanzee.

That's horrid they should be kept in the wild and when kept as pets they can do horrid things like gouge out your eyes! - Lukerower

I think that they should be kept in the wild us humans are monsters

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34 Gecko Gecko Geckos are lizards belonging to the infraorder Gekkota, found in warm climates throughout the world. They range from 1.6 to 60 cm.


They lick their eyeballs to keep them clean!

He kisses it I'm telling the truth trust me in totally correct lost of people saw it it was hilarious

It bit my sister lol funny though

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35 Monkeys

No way

No. These animals should be in the wild and can become dangerous once they grow up. It it also very difficult and costly to provide everything needed for a monkey, but don't waste your time, these lovely creatures should just stay in the wild

I think they should be left in the wild: it would be near impossible to provide adequate habitat and mental stimulation

What I mean by broke is that you will waste all your money on those bananas

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36 Gerbils Gerbils A gerbil is a small mammal of the order Rodentia. Once known simply as "desert rats", the gerbil subfamily includes about 110 species of African, Indian, and Asian rodents, including sand rats and jirds, all of which are adapted to arid habitats.

I currently own gerbils too! Some people dislike rats because of their scaly tail, but gerbil tails are soft and furry! These petite rodents are adorable and fun. It's hilarious to see them running so fast on their wheel and dart around the house in their run-around-ball! Gerbils are awesome pets and I would totally recommend them!

I got to sister gerbils 5+ years ago. One passed away 2 years ago, but I still have one who is now about 7 years old. She still acts fine and is very lovable, intelligent, sweet, and friendly. Gerbils are very easy pets with sweet tempers and are able to be trained. My girl uses a litter box which means I don't have to clean her cage often. It only took me about a week to litter-train her. She has never gotten sick and has never bitten anyone.

I Had a gerbil for 6 years and he was such a delight! My daughter loved him as well and they rarely bite. They are most of the time tame And live long

Sweetest best pets ever! Very easy to take care of and are so cute!

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37 Rats 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.

I have been keeping rodents for almost 2 decades and the rat is easily the best rodent to keep as a pet, rats are the most docile of all rodents and the lowest maintenance (together with mice and hamsters).
A rat is as cute as any other rodent with the bonus of being less aggressive (no jokes) and low maintenance.
Rats build stronger bonds than any pet except for dogs, the fact that they are ranked 40 as I write this is upsetting, a rat is a contender for best pet overall.

I have owned almost every rodent and rats are definitely my favorite. Rats deserve to be in the top 10s. They are the most affectionate pets that I have ever owned. I just wish people would understand that they make great pets.

Rats get a really bad reputation- They're incredible pets and should definitely be in the top 20! I've had mine for 7 months and they are really nice pets, recommended for kids from 8-15.

I have 2 rats one of them is very playful and energetic and sometimes likes to nibble on things and the other one is very lovable and loves attention. She can sit there with me for hours and just fall asleep. I definitely recommend getting rats but they are quite hard to look after. They need a lot of attention and I would recommend for older kids and adults.

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38 Polar Bear Polar Bear The polar bear is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses.

I'm pretty sure it s illegal to keep endangered animals as pets dust what ever your in to

They are so beautiful and majestic. I have a pet polar bear and surprisingly, have only been hospitilized 5 times. She always gives me kisses that are so full of love, sometimes I bleed. But like, keep them in zoos

DO NOT get a Polar Bear as a pet. They're dangerous and should be kept in a zoo, cold forests or the Arctic. I'm pretty sure that Polar Bears were intended to be a joke on this list as they can harm you or themselves.

I ride my polar to school everyday in Canada in the Winter! But due to global warming they're all dying so I ride grizzlies instead! (I'm kidding but seriously stop global warming)

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39 Ducks

I want white-faced whistling ducks as pets instead of mallards. - DinoLover4242

Ducks Are the best when I go fish in a duck remembers me and had scared fish toward my rod and a title in my net no lies!

They are the cutest most adorable creatures ever!

They are actually have a lot of personality! I love them!

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40 Red Fox Red Fox The red fox, largest of the true foxes, has the greatest geographic range of all members of the Carnivora family, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia.

Please don't have a fox for a pet let it explore and have life on it's own it's not fair at all to the fox and not just a fox to all the other wild animals. how would you feel if you had to be couped up in a house or outside with fenced up. All I'm saying is let it be free.

Why not have one? Like a domesticated one is fine.

My most favourite animal, the red fox. be careful If you are getting a pet fox though. And make sure they have a good life because in the wild they live dangerously and get shot. So look after them please

Why does everyone want a fox? lol - missyweirdo

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41 Wombat

I think wombats are adorable. Just look at their cut faces and the next thing you know, you will be helping them

I doubt these thing are legal in most places

You can't have a pet wombat ( unless you count the one who lives under the house

Wonbats are stupid

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42 Owl Owl Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes about two hundred species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight.

I have owls they are the best animal they are easy but you have to have a strong gut to feed them

Stop saying "It is cruel to domesticate a wild animal". People have domesticated wild animals such as dogs, cats, cattle, etc. There are more to come such as ball pythons, foxes, etc. Anyway, owls, however, don't make good pets and are better off in zoos/safari parks and/or in the wild. - DinoLover4242

I like owls because they are cute when they are babys.

Great to have BUT bad to keep a wild animal.

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43 Budgie

Budgies aren't loud! Unless you left the poor thing trapped in a cage forever, if kept indoors, please let your birdy fly around the room and explore, if not, get an aviary. Otherwise they will be loud. Also they are the duracels of pets, they go on and on and on whistling and chirping, but for me, that's a pro. At one point I had 25+ budgies in my aviary and they're just so low maintenance and such lovely pets

They can become really attached to you especially if you keep just one. Fun to play with and are very intelligent some say as intelligent as dogs or cats. You can even teach them tricks. Easy to maintain but you need to be responsible

They are very loud, and assuming you don't mind that and you know what you're doing, they make great pets I'm just surprised that Budgies were placed BELOW wolves!

They are cute I have 3 and when they all chirp it makes me feel really happy but... they do take lots of care

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44 Prairie Dog Prairie Dog Despite the name, they are not canines. Prairie dogs (genus Cynomys) are herbivorous burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America. The five species are: black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison's, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs. They are a type of ground squirrel, found in the United States, more.

Prairie Dogs are loveable animals that make great pets. They need lots of love and attention as they will get very sad if you abandon them or loose interest in them. With a healthy diet and a loveable home prairie dogs can live 12+ years. I'm going on my fourth one and I can say they truely rank up there with dogs and cats. Make sure to spayed or neuter your baby as it will be a more loveable and happy pet. Prairie Dogs should be on this list. Thank you.

Educate yourself and know what you're getting into, or else you will not enjoy these animals in your home. Assuming you know what you're doing and have the time and money to care for some, they should make nice pets!

They are lovable, sweet, affectionate, friendly, and get very attached to you! They just chew A LOT...

A different type of "dog".

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45 Wolf Wolf 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 able to understand gestures and finger pointing wich is something not even chimpanzees do.

Yes please get a wolf its super easy. I have my wolf for 10 years and the only problem I ever was that the wolf ate my grandma

No. These are WILD ANIMALS and do not belong in a house so do yourself and the wolf a favour and don't get one! Where do you even buy one? My guess is the black market. Although there is a type of dog called the wolf dog, those dogs aren't even recccomended as pets and can be very aggressive, same goes for an actual wolf so please DO NOT GET ONE

Not the black market. It happens often that the pup's mother dies and when the pup is found, people often want to take it in with them. - RogerMcBaloney

Ugh! Stupid needy people who just want a wolf to be popular! Leave them in the wild! KEEPING A "pet" WOLF IS ANIMAL ABUSE! THEY BELONG IN THE WILD!

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46 Squirrel Squirrel Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents.

I have a pet squirrel they love one person and that's it.

Squirrles are the best pets to have they are lovable and kind and cheer you up they are also great for kids during stressful times and while they are doing their homework



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47 Serval

They require A LOT of space and I mean A LOT. Their instincts can come out and they could be a death wish

Great if you know how to handle hyperactive animals, once they get to know you they are more than twice as protective as a dog!

Sadly they are wild animals and never change behavior no matter what

Sorry to sound stupid but what's a serval?

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48 Zebra Zebra Zebras are several species of African equids united by their distinctive black and white striped coats.

Please explain to me who out here has a pet zebra

This should not be a pet but a wild animal it is horrible to own a zebra

I own a Zebra, it runs around a lot at the park and scares the small dogs. I love him.

Zebras probably smell really bad (like a zoo) and are big. Are they really a house pet?

49 Starfish Starfish Starfish or sea stars are star-shaped echinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea. Common usage frequently finds these names being also applied to ophiuroids, which are correctly referred to as brittle stars or "basket stars".

These pets can be kept in saltwater aquariums but those types of aquariums are expensive to maintain, so be aware that you must be willing to spend a lot of money, also, do your research, find out as much as you can on keeping these animals as pets before getting one, and lastly, DO NOT take one from a beach, this is a very bad idea, get one from a pet store that sells them because these starfish are already adapted and probably a smaller type than the ones you'd find and your local beach. But either way, taking a starfish from the wild as a pet is just a bad idea

I like starfish but I dreamed I found one at the beach and when I woke up, the starfish was gone... Goodbye, starfish. ):

Once in the middle of the night I was dreaming about me having a pet starfish, and it was just amazing

My mum is a starfish lol

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50 Scorpions

Some scorpion are poisonous and anyway they can pinch!

I really want one best things on the planets second only to lizards

Fun to watch eat

One pinched me on the bum once oops lol

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