Popular Pets Around the World

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Are you looking for a new pet? Have you ever wondered what pets are popular in other countries? Which pet is the most popular among all pets? With so many wonderful animals out there, it can be hard to choose. However, people certainly have their preferences and can often be fiercely loyal to the pet type of their choice. Here are ten popular pet choices for people around the world.

10. Dogs

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Man’s best friend is one of the most popular pet choices, depending on where you live. In Australia, 38 percent of households own a dog. In the United States, 36.5 percent of households own dogs. In the UK, it’s 24 percent of households. And, the kids in China who’ve been exposed to contemporary and popular media want dogs, too. But, in other parts of the world, dogs and other furry animals, are seen as status symbols. “Cats and dogs are not as common in children’s homes as they are roaming the streets,” CNN said on its website.

9. Cats

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Like dogs, cats are also one of the most popular pet choices. They’re the second most popular pet in both the U.S. and Australia. In the UK, 17 percent of households own cats. And, as with dogs, kids in China who’ve been exposed to contemporary and popular media want pet cats as well. But, just like dogs, cats are also seen as status symbols in countries where “resources are scarce, and it’s a challenge to provide the level of care that the people need and the animals need,” Sean Owens, a veterinarian and professor of clinical pathology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, told CNN.

8. Crickets

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These singing insects are popular pets in China. In fact, the Chinese have revered crickets for centuries. They keep them on display in their homes in beautiful bamboo cages. For the Chinese, a cricket singing in the home is a sign of potential wealth and good luck.

Cricket fighting is a popular sport in China. These prizefighters are fed ground worms and other nutritious foods.
-Only male crickets can sing.
-If you plan on getting a pet cricket, the best place to catch one is inside your home. They come inside in the fall, where it’s nice and warm.

7. Beetles

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Beetles are very popular in Japan. In fact, the Japanese have a long tradition of keeping pet insects. Two kinds of beetles, in particular, are popular pets in Japan. They are the stag beetle and the rhinoceros beetle. There’s an entire industry dedicated to selling beetles and beetle supplies. There are even pet stores dedicated entirely to beetles, and you can even purchase stag beetles in dollar stores. “Sometimes stores will have lotteries where kids can pay a few yen for a raffle ticket and try their luck in winning a more pricey beetle,” Evangela Suzuki said on Japanese language and culture blog Tofugu.com.

6. Wallabies

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Wallabies often become part of the family if the animal has been the victim of a road accident or dog attack, or if the wallaby has become an orphan as a result of an accident or attack. According to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, the Macropus agilis, or agile wallaby, is suitable to be kept as a pet. Beware, however, as Australia has strict regulations when it comes to pets. A permit may be required to care for injured or rescued wildlife.

5. Birds

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Birds are popular pets in many countries. For example, in 2016 the total number of pet birds in Australia was approximately 4.2 million. And, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 7.9 million U.S. households owned pet birds. Popular species include parrots, cockatiels, finches, doves, budgerigars, and lovebirds. But, did you also know that poultry is a popular pet choice, too? Yep. Chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese are popular pet choices in the U.S. Believe it or not, they’re even more popular than hamsters and guinea pigs! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the number of poultry owned as pets jumped 23 percent from 2011 to 2016.

4. Fish

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Fish are popular pets around the world. According to 2017 data from the UK Pet Food Manufacturers Association, 8 percent of households in the UK own indoor fish. In the U.S., nearly 12 percent of households own at least one pet fish. According to Business Insider, owners say fish make attractive home decor.

Freshwater fish like koi and goldfish are the most common pets, but some households also own saltwater fish, too. Many of them, including the blue damselfish and the Ocellaris clownfish, are caught in the wild and sold in pet stores as beginner saltwater fish.

3. Rabbits

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Ownership of pet rabbits has been on the rise worldwide ever since the late 20th century, according to CNN. In fact, about 800,000 domestic rabbits are kept in households in the UK alone. According to a study published in 2017 in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, rabbits are the third most commonly kept companion animal in the UK, after dogs and cats. And, in the U.S., rabbits, after fish, are the second most common specialty pet among households.

2. Small, Furry Animals

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Small, furry creatures such as hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas and fancy rats are popular pets in the U.S. In fact, they’re the fourth most popular choice, with 15.9 million of them as household pets. According to the AVMA, 877 out of 100,000 households owns a hamster, 847 out of every 100,000 households owns a guinea pig, and 334 out of every 100,000 households owns a ferret.

One possible reason for their popularity is their small size and affordability. Another reason could be that they’re widely available in most pet stores.

1. Reptiles

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Reptiles are popular among millennials. So popular, in fact, that millennials own more than half the reptile pets in the U.S. That’s according to a survey by the American Pet Products Association. And, according to a press release by Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com, Gen Z’ers (18- to 24-year-olds) also make up a disproportionate number of reptile owners.

When it comes to pet reptiles, turtles are one of the top choices. According to Reptiles magazine, some of the most popular types of pet turtles include the Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina), Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii), Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica), and Wood Turtle (Glyptemys [Clemmys] insculpta). Beware, however, if you plan on owning a turtle, or any reptile for that matter. According to the FDA, turtles commonly carry Salmonella bacteria on their outer skin and shell surfaces. The same goes for other reptiles, and amphibians too.


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