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Top Ten Most Popular Pets in the U.S.

There are literally hundreds of kinds of animals that you can keep as pets, but the top ten most popular pets in the U.S. are pretty firmly entrenched as the favorites. Is your pet on the list?

1. Dogs – The most popular by far. In nearly every culture, domestic dogs are valued for their loyalty and love.

2. Cat – A close second, partly because many cat owners have two or more cats. They’re like potato chips – you can’t seem to have just one.

3. Birds – Relatively easy to care for, but with life spans varying from five years to 60 years depending on the kind of bird you get. Choose wisely!

4. Fish – Lovely to look at and offered in a dizzying range of sizes, shapes and colors, fish owners swear by the calming powers of watching their aquarium friends.

5. Guinea Pigs and/or Hamsters – You have the warm, fuzzy factor without having to take them for a walk.

6. Rabbits – Let’s face it – they’re fluffy and adorable and don’t make any noise. And most rabbits can be litter trained!

7. Ferrets – They’re clowns, delightful to watch, but they also tend to steal and/or shred things, so be careful! These are best for families without small children because they are prone to biting when startled.

8. Turtles – A low-key pet that can live for years. Many varieties have beautiful markings on their shells. You’ll need to provide them with an aquarium that has both water and land.

9. Snakes – A popular choice for older boys and anyone who wants to scare their friends, snakes are very easy to care for and don’t shed.

10. Iquanas – An exotic pet for those who want an unusual pet, but hesitate to own something large or dangerous.

Only you can know what kind of animal is the best and most popular pet for you and your family, so take the time to go to rescues, talk to breeders and make sure everyone in your family is on board with the commitment to a pet’s care and welfare. Getting a pet and then neglecting it is not acceptable, so learn as much as you can and be sure you and your pet are properly trained for each other before making that commitment.

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