Top Ten Best Pets

The Top Ten
1 Dogs The dog or domestic dog (Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated descendant of the wolf, and is characterized by an upturning tail. The dog is derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern wolf is the dog's nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated,... read more

Dogs are so affectionate and adorable. You can cuddle them, kiss them, and they don't mind it. I have an English Cocker Spaniel, and he is ginger. And he is only 1 and he already knows the difficult commands, like middle. However, dogs are more hyperactive than cats and need more exercise. So, if you're not up to taking a dog for a walk twice or three times a day, I say go for cats. Overall, dogs deserve their top spot on this list.

If you don't have a dog, you won't understand. I've seen that the people in the cat comments are getting triggered because of their past experiences with dogs. If you haven't lived with a dog, you just don't understand. I love my dogs, and they can become your best friend.

I get that they can hurt people, but it's not their fault. It's their owners' fault. Dogs themselves are more loyal, lovable, and the cutest animals ever! If you're ever sad, they can make you happy. If you're bored, they're always up to play. Dogs are the best pets ever!

2 Cats The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal.
It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter... read more

Cats beat dogs for many reasons. First, they are easier to take care of. Whenever a dog needs to poop, you have to take it to your backyard and then clean up its poop. Plus, they don't need to be kept outside. Second, they're way funnier and cuter. Some dogs are incredibly ugly, despite what their owners say. Also, dogs all have the same personality.

Third, they aren't nearly as dangerous. If you don't include humans, dogs are the third deadliest animal on the planet. But, since all breeds are technically one species, they're basically the single most deadly species on the planet besides humans. Also, to all the people who complain about cats scratching you, you obviously did something to make them mad. But one second, your dog could be acting like an angel, and then it could be tearing your throat out. Sure, some dogs are loyal and nice, but it's basically just a gamble every time you get a dog. There are bad dogs, but not bad cats.

3 Rabbits Rabbits, also known as bunnies or bunny rabbits, are small mammals in the family Leporidae (which also contains the hares) of the order Lagomorpha (which also contains the pikas). Oryctolagus cuniculus includes the European rabbit species and its descendants, the world's 305 breeds of domestic rabbit... read more

When trained properly, rabbits can learn tricks and even use the litter box. I've owned many rabbits, primarily mini rexes. Each one has had a unique personality. One would even hop to the door when someone arrived so she could greet them.

Our current rabbits know the commands "beg," "down," "up," and "bedtime." Rabbits can be very loyal. Our oldest rabbit loves to get pets from all of us, but she greets my dad as if she knows she was his present.

When my bunny passed away, her mom and sister grieved. They were lethargic and had tears dried on their faces. So, overall, bunnies can be very complicated, but given the right care, they can make outstanding family members.

4 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 have two guinea pigs. They are adorable, intelligent, and easy to take care of! They are still a little shy (they will always be, just a little less over time), but they know who I am and are generally less scared of me. They are just the cutest little things! Unlike most rodents, they rarely bite, they will not pee or poo on your shirt, and they can eat a whole variety of things! Each one has a different personality, and it's super fun to experiment and learn more about them and their unique personalities over time.

For instance, one of mine is super social, super friendly, and will chew on everything (how precious)! My other one, however, is very shy, and will only come out for people she recognizes. They were both rescued, and it makes me feel so happy to finally give those two a good home. I wouldn't trade them for the world!

5 Fish

They're not boring. Find the fish you like. They have plenty of personalities. My oscars are like puppies and greet me when I enter their room! Most fish are easy to take care of but less easy than some people may think. They don't have short lifespans if they're properly taken care of (please do research to give them their best life). Fishkeeping isn't for everyone, but if you decide it is, beware - it's addicting. One tank can quickly turn into a whole room full of them.

Many species of aquarium fish are more intelligent than people give them credit for. Goldfish do not have a 3-second memory and can remember things up to 5 months as well as recognize their owners. Betta fish have unique personalities and can be taught many tricks.

6 Birds

Birds are much more intelligent than people give them credit for. My cockatiel and green cheek conure can do more tricks than most dogs! Keeping birds as pets is not cruel. These birds were bred in captivity and cannot survive in the wild. It would be cruel to set them free because they could be eaten by a predator, freeze in the winter, or starve to death. As long as they're allowed to fly around the house every day (wing clipping is wrong), are interacted with, and have a good-sized cage with lots of toys for when you're not home to supervise them (for their safety), pet birds can be very happy. Birds are extremely affectionate and bond deeply with their owners. My cockatiel even asks to be scratched when he bows his head down!

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

Hamsters are awesome. I've only ever had a Chinese dwarf hamster. She was REALLY cute, docile, and loving. She did take some time to get used to me, but once she did, she was great. She had a shy personality and quivered when she sat in any stranger's hand. I loved that she was loyal to me and only me. Her name was Cali.

I think hamsters are a great pet to have because you have to be really responsible. Also, they are cute and friendly, but if you keep pestering the hamster, it will bite you (I have learned that the hard way).

8 Turtles

I think they are awesome, plus they are not so hard to feed. I have one in my classroom, and she is awesome. They're really cool.

You would probably find one in the grassy plains or a regular box turtle in your yard. But I think you should get it at your public pet store, just to be safe. But anyway, they're awesome! Hope you enjoyed. Please make it at least to the top twenty!

Turtles are awesome. I have 4, and they didn't bite (once I trained them). The one and only negative thing about turtles is if you use gravel, the tank gets filthy. But they are pretty cool because they hunt fish when I put feeder goldfish in with them.

9 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.

They should be ranked a little higher, in my opinion, because they are easy to take care of and are extremely great with other animals. They are also great with younger children and older too! They don't have teeth, so they can't bite like dogs, cats, rats, etc. They are one of the fluffiest animals in the world and pick up cool tricks very easily. It's really fun, and when you have to go somewhere for most of the day, they will be sleeping, so you don't have to worry about them getting lonely!

Chinchillas are very good pets for children aged 10-14. They are not very hard to take care of and rarely bite, but their cages take up a bit of space. I would highly recommend them because they're snuggly and teach responsibility.

10 Lizards

Go beardies! I have a six-month-old beardie at home, and I have to say, I love him! He's a foot and a third already and still growing! Although he can get a little smelly at times, he still is my sweet boy.

When I first got him, I almost thought he would be like a wild lizard without a real distinguished personality. Boy, was I wrong! He loves to curl up on the couch like a dog for naps, explore, and be downright mischievous! I would advise this pet to anyone who has dog or cat allergies and would like a sweet animal to curl up in their lap occasionally and add a little spice to their life!

The Contenders
11 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.

My rats are what brought me out of depression. Knowing that something depends on you and can't wait to see you is so important. The thing about rats is that they are extremely expressive. You always know what they are feeling, which is why they are very good for people with mental disorders.

Rats are easier to understand than people and are incredibly affectionate. When I stand up to leave, mine hate it so much that they will run and climb up my leg. Each rat has its own unique personality. They are also much safer for children because they only bite when they are terrified or in pain. In contrast, hamsters bite when they are grumpy, which is often due to their sleep patterns.

Rats are easier to handle than hamsters. People often freak out about rat teeth, but rats have the same size and pressure of teeth as hamsters. The teeth are just easier to see. Yes, rats chew things, but that's because they are rodents and their teeth never stop growing.

Rats are actually considered the cleanest of the rodents and are smart enough to develop OCD, which means they clean themselves even more meticulously. Contrary to popular belief, they do not carry more diseases than any other pet. The association with the plague was due to the insects on them, not the rats themselves. It could have been any animal. It just happened to be rats. So before you judge them, do your research, because the reputation they have is completely unfounded.

12 Tortoises

I vote tortoises because they don't make any noises. Kids love to see their pets eat a lot, and well, that's what they do. Also, I have one, and it is so great to have. Kids also get to grow up with a tortoise. And I should know because this is a kid speaking here!

Easy to look after and incredibly cute as well. They are good with children and adults and eat cheap food as well!

I think they have endearing personalities and are, personally for me, at least No. 3!

Having a tortoise is kind of stressful sometimes, but they are really cute and super fun to play with. You can teach them tricks (at least that's what I've heard, mine doesn't know any).

13 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.

Snakes are amazing! They are low maintenance and easy to take care of, and they will not bite you unless you provoke them. It's sad that I have to emphasize this so much, but whenever people come over, they get scared of my snakes and freak out, thinking they want to kill them as if it's their life goal. No, Karen, you are wrong. Snakes will not hurt you, and most of them aren't even poisonous! They actually make great pets!

Most people are afraid of snakes because our culture teaches us to fear them. Books, movies, and media portray them as bloodthirsty monstrosities. But they are very inquisitive and friendly creatures. I have nine snakes, one of which is wild-caught, and all of them love being held and exploring the house from around my shoulders. I really have a hard time understanding the fear some people have of them because I understand how gentle and innocent they truly are. They make great pets!

14 Horses

Horses are the best animals, of course! They are very friendly, and my ones named Teddie, Rock, and Ethal are the best animals I've ever owned!

I absolutely adore horses. They're beautiful, useful, and actually quite intelligent. I would advise you to do your research before taking in a horse because they take quite a bit of work to keep them healthy, but they will practically pay for themselves if used correctly. You must take very good care of them, otherwise, they may end up costing you more than you can afford in vet bills. But if given the proper care, they really aren't as expensive as people think.

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

Hedgehogs are low-maintenance and provide hours of joy. They have the sweetest little fluffy faces, fluffy undersides, and look like spiky potatoes from the top. Most of them never bite and are typically very easy to potty train, except for when they are on their exercise wheel. They are the cutest things ever. They exhibit many hedgehogisms that are extremely entertaining, like wholeheartedly believing that as long as they can't see you, you can't see them. So, they will "hide" by emphatically shoving their little faces under things, with their entire spherical bodies in clear view, and hold very still. They take themselves very seriously! They let you know they are grumpy by huffing and scrunching their foreheads. Then a second later, they look at you with these sweet, angelic faces. You can roll them into a ball and set them down, and many will just stay where you put them like that for hours, napping away. Sometimes you find them "splooted" out while napping, with all four legs sprawled out. They are just so cute and funny! Plus, they have the cutest little butts ever.

16 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.

I love ferrets! I am a ferret freak! They are so cute and awesome pets for an adult with work. If you go to work early in the morning, you could wake up a little bit earlier, like thirty minutes to forty-five or more, and you play with your ferret until it's time to go! Ferrets love attention and they sleep sixteen to twenty hours in the daytime.

Ferrets are so awesome and cute. I want one so bad. They should be 3rd on the list. I have guinea pigs right now, and they are not that great. They make huge messes because they're pigs. They can't control their bladders at all. They just let it out. Ferrets are as good as or better than cats because they actually love you back. They give you attention, so I've heard.

17 Frogs Frogs are a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura.

Frogs are so cute and they make great pets! There are so many kinds of frogs, so you can really make sure that it is a great species of frog for you. They are very fun! They are not gross or slimy, either.

Frogs are very cute and easy to take care of, and they're great pets! Just because they have slimy skin doesn't mean they're gross or scary. They're actually very friendly and fun!

Frogs should be much higher on this list! People might think that frogs are gross, but they are actually cute! They aren't too hard to take care of either.

18 Pigs

Pigs are the best! You can teach them tricks! And no, they are not dirty like everyone says. You can train them to be potty trained too. They are very friendly and affectionate. They are nice to kids and wouldn't hurt them! I would very much recommend a pig!

Pigs are the cutest animals! They are also the smartest pets. They can learn tricks faster than dogs! I really want a little teacup pig, but obviously, no one wants a pig in the house. They are very loyal and loving animals. They are also usually pink! All pigs aren't always dirty and covered with mud! Only when you let them. They also don't shed usually, or at least not much. They are a fabulous pet.

19 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.

Gerbils should be #1! Because they are:
1. Cute! Awesome! Cool, awesome, cool!
2. Easy to care for - they pretty much only need food, water, love, and a mate to keep him or her company.
3. Entertaining! They run around here, run around there, and I could watch a gerbil all day!

Gerbils should be ranked much higher! I have one, and they are fantastic pets because they are active and fun to watch. They are easy to take care of and are inexpensive!

Gerbils are very active and are fun to watch. They have their own personalities and are very friendly. They should DEFINITELY be in the top 5.

20 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.

Yes, they are so nice and cute, and I wish I could have one. I met someone with one. They let me pet it. She was fat though but she was the cutest mice ever. And there was a family of mice in my backyard, but the stinking landlord killed them!

Mice are so awesome! I love it when they squeak. I've never actually had a pet mouse, but I know people who have. Mice are another one of my favorite animals, along with cats, ants, frogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs.

I had a little mouse, and she was adorable, always kissing me and playing. I miss her and will get another one.

I would come back home and call her... she would come straight away!

21 Alpacas
22 Hermit Crabs

They may pinch you, but they still are awesome. I have two in the same cage, and they get along great. So, if you get them, then you don't have to worry about them eating each other! They are also very cool to watch because they like to climb on the walls of their cage.

They are awesome, but they do need high humidity, and they are picky about what they like eating, so you must offer a wide selection of food so that they don't starve.

I know they don't do much stuff, but they are cool. I want one so much. They carry their shell on their back. It should be heavy. I say they should be number one. They're so cool.

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

I have a passion for monkeys, especially finger monkeys. However, it's important to understand and read up on them before taking one home.

24 Skunks Skunks are mammals known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown or cream colored, but all have warning coloration.

Skunks make strange but wonderful pets.

25 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.

I think capybaras should be included here because they are very awesome and playful. They remind me of a giant guinea pig. They are part guinea pig and part rabbit. I just love them, and they are kind of like guinea pig bunny dogs.

I have a capybara. They're just like dogs, and they swim better than dogs. I always swim with them!

Capybaras are my favorite animal in the whole wide world!

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