Top 10 Best House Pets

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

The Top Ten

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!

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.

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

that's quite a story. Its impressive, your love of dogs, and I would have agreed with you right down the line, had it not been for 1 cat that was as much a part of my family as anyone will ever be, and it was obvious that he loved us as much as we loved him. Its true that every cat I had prior to him was mostly like the stereotype we all associate with cats, that they are more just hanging around with us, and they will continue to do so as long as we hold up our end of that bargain. But this guy actually got in between me and my daughter when I was scolding her, and defended her. He didn't know and didn't care that the "Master" of the house was angry, he defended his loved one. I had never seen it before, and have had both cats and dogs all my life. I didn't get mad at him, I was impressed, and laughed actually. He passed a couple years ago, and we both miss him to this day. We feel blessed that we had this wonderful creature in our lives.
Oh yeah, my daughter has since gotten both ...more

Dogs are the most loyal, life saving, friendly, cuddly and caring animals in the world I recommend one if you suffer from epilepsy because they can sniff out a seizure 8-12 hours BEFORE it even happens!
And I would also recommend one if you are lonely or just want entertainment I have to Japanese Spitz dogs myself and I will be amused till the day I die but seriously I recommend one in any occasion or any breed.

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.

How are dogs ranked higher than cats? As much as I love dogs, cats are honestly just better pets. I hate the stereotype that cats are "evil" and that they "despise" you, and that dogs are always "sweet" and "would never hurt you".

I had an experience where I almost got attacked by a dog, but luckily my dad stopped it and the owner came and got the dog. My mom has been attacked by a dog before, and it was really bad. However, I have never met a mean cat in my life. The worst was my sister's cat, and she was just scared and sometimes hissed at people. However, when my sister had her baby, the cat nipped my sister, and they had to give her to her grandmother-in-law. That totally came out of fear though, not because the cat was Malicious. The cat is now thriving, from what I've heard.

I have had two cats in my life. The first one my parents got before I was born. She was feral and feisty, so my parents were worried about her hurting me ...more

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.

By the way by statistics the amount of cats found in homes is much greater than dogs. There is most likely to be more than one cat in a cat household, rather than a dog in a dog household. CATS AND TORTOISES RULE! My cat(male)- Johnik(Johnny) and tortoise(female)-Jessica! LOVE!

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 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!

I have a pet rabbit and she is so cute and friendly, they love attention!

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

I like it that you like can have a hamster wheel or tubes for it to play in!

I have 3 winter whites 2 females and 1 male one day they all escaped and I found them in my laundry basket all cuttled up and dozing

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.

Hamsters are cute, fluffy,and cheap, they all have unique personalities, I've owned three with all different but playful personalities, you should get one

Lizards

I have a Leopard gecko and he is so cute. I love how they stalk their tails when they eat! Very friendly, great pet for kids. Cats should be #1 and lizards #2.

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!

My favorite lizard is bearded dragon
So bearded dragon should be 1 not to be mean

I have a leopard gecko and I can honestly say I think it's the best pet anybody can have!

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.

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

It's an absolutely great pet to have!

they are amazing pets to have in a small house or a big house, but you need 2 or more because they can get lonly

Once my mom bring one home with her from her work. It was her coworker's class pet (they are teachers). It's name is princess and
it is a boy!

I used to have 1 and he was the best pet I've ever had, and considering I've had horses, birds, dogs, cats, hamsters, and even lizards, it was a tough choice. But truthfully, I believe they're really the best and easiest to keep. They don't take much work but plenty of attention.

Birds

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.

Best animal ever. Very caring and great personality. Wish I could have thousands of them.

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

Birds are Awesome and are very intelligent and smart. I have a Indian Ringneck and he is now 5 month's and all ready smart.

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

My ferret bubbles is the weirdest little thing in the world. She steals my shoes, hides all the plastic bags in the house, runs around with an angry bird plushy and she hisses at my toes. Ugh.. But I love her haha

Your ferret sounds like a bit of a mischievous little weirdo who never failed to make you laugh

Because ferrets are so playful, and energetic, and if you tame them, whenever you call them they will listen to you

yes I highly recommend ferrets they are very playfull and lovable :)

Fish

Small and easy to take care of.I had a lot of them but mine lasted about a month.Hope yours will live a long and happy live.

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.

Easy, relaxing, pretty, and an all around fun hobby! Fish are great for those not wanting to invest too much money or time into a pet.

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

Turtles Turtles are diapsids of the order Testudines characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. "Turtle" may refer to the order as a whole or to fresh-water and sea-dwelling testudines.

Nice and easy to take care of.I love my little turtle Clover she has a big house and she likes it.

Easy to take of and make great pets.

Amazing as geckos

I used 2 have a turtle it was so cool

This may seem odd but...my friend found a turtle so he picked it up and it peed all over him and now it's his pet turtle..I don't know how that works! But my point is that turtles are awesome and have a great personality and their not the slow old "things" that people say they are!

The Contenders

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.

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.

LOWEST MAINTENANCE ANIMAL EVER!

Excellent pets, if you choose the right species. Corn snakes are amazing: they come in over 50 morphs, are extremely docile, and all around require low care and skill. Fascinating, brilliant creatures, many good species. You can level up to more complicated ones after gradual experience, and engage in the wonders of these horribly misunderstood animals.

Snakes are very good pets to have. If you establish a bond with them then they will be very easy to play with as they will wrap around your hand whilst you watch telly or walk around the house however, if you don't feed it for too long then it will be more likely to become aggressive and if you don't hold it regularly enough then it may bite.

Snakes are without a doubt one of the greatest animals out there, and are very under estimated. Snakes have amazing personality and make great starter pets. Corn snakes and Ball Pythons are docile and very easy to care for. If you have fur allergies, snakes make a good option if you want a wonderful pet!

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

I love hedgehogs I had one and we like to go on walks or play with toys :D

They're very social and curious animals. Great for house pets. Take very little matinence and have little health problems

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 love hedgehogs and want one soon badly, but unfortunately they are illegal to own wear I am.

Chinchillas 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.

I just got a male chinchilla and he is the sweetest animal I have ever had, I would recommend one to any home.

I got a chinchilla and she is so cute. If you are in search of a pet for your kids that lives for 15 years, you can bring the chinchilla to your kids. These fragile animals are ideal for your home. First, it has to get use to you. It might be shy and scared at first. The uniqueness of this pet is their fur which is velvety soft, and they can be plenty of colors like white, charcoal, brown, and more colors that you can choose from. Chinchillas are the best rodents.

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

Chinchillas are the best of rodents...

Pigs

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!

Great pets! Just know what you're getting into! These animals do not stay small, contrary to what people may tell you, and they can reach a maximum average of 50 pounds once they're adults! So educate yourself on them before getting one, and don't believe people who tell you they stay tiny all their lives

Foxes 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.

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!

I have never tried to own a fox, but I would at least try to see what it feels like

Don't listen to the other comments please. I have owned arctic foxes and they are quite the best thing ever! They are domesticated and I of course own many acres of land on my farm and my arctic fox is very nice and you just need to train them well and be experienced. I use mine for breeding and educational animal, but they can be good pets if you care for them properly.

I am going to listen to the other comments; you shouldn't have one as a pet. It's an exotic creature; it deserves to be in the wild.

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.

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

Chickens 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

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.

They are adorable! I have seen and held some at the talsa state fair.

I used to have a pair of sugar glider! They are really loyal but however they both pass away due to illness, R.I.P.

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.

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

Amazing pets they can run pretty fast at times

Loved mine until it escaped somehow

Capybaras 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

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.

A capybara is a really big Guinea pig.

Butterflies 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.

Keep away from ages 8 and younger

That's not a pet at all

Not really a pet, but raising them is fun!

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

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!

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.

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!

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!

Snails Snail is a common name that is applied most often to land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs.

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.

They're fragile and free, although mine isn't very social. I prefer my dog even though he eats my family of snails.

I love snails

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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