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Top 13 Most Popular Pets In America | Most Favorite Pets

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Industry statistics show 62 percent of households have a pet in the United States. Pets provide positive mental and physical benefits to their owners, including decreasing depression and blood pressure. So the question arises – What are the most popular pets in America or the most common pets in the US? In America, people own 74.8 million dogs and 88.3 million cats besides 24.3 million smaller animals and 142 million freshwater fish. Not every animal is best for every individual, yet some animals consistently hold the top rank in the most favorite pet list.

We are providing you the list of top 13 most popular pets in America which help fight boredom and serve as companions and fulfill the emptiness of someone’s lonely life.

13 Iguanas

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Iguanas can be phenomenal pets, even though they appear to be quite scary. They have the merit of being you cannot take them for walks. They are long lasting and can live for up to 20 years with proper food, shelter, and care and make a person responsible. This show that Iguanas are tough animals. Most of the Iguanas can live happily in their terrariums but since they grow older, they need enough space to move around. Iguanas love basking in the sunlight and if there is no sunlight source in the home, pet doctors suggest artificial light.

12 Squirrels

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Members of the rodent family, the Squirrels have existed for 50 million years and have gradually adapted to coexist with humans. They generally feed on fruits, seeds, nuts or scraps. Squirrels are amongst the least popular pets in America and it is difficult for humans to live with them. They became dependent on us for food and show affection for the first six months of life and as they grow older their teeth and claws are much sharper and longer, and can unintentionally inflict harm on humans and furniture.

11 Tortoise or Turtle

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Tortoise even though are one of the least popular pets in America, they are very easy to live with. Children love them and they don’t need walking. Areas with milder climates are best suited for pet tortoises. They are cute, quiet and don’t shed any fur. Tortoises can live for generations (up to 100 years), so you must be ready to give a lifetime care.

10 Guinea Pig


The first Guinea Pigs were brought by the British immigrants to the United States in the early 1900’s. They have been popular pets in America ever since because they have no tendency to bite and have a friendly temperament. Since they can’t climb or jump, their caging requirements are pretty easy to handle. Guinea Pigs are comparatively sturdy pets with lesser health problems. They are also popular farm animals in the countryside and for non-Muslim Americans, they are pork popular food.

09 Rabbit


Rabbits are very delightful and have the potential to be wonderful indoor pets. They are one of the most popular pets around the globe and in 2010 almost 6 million homes have rabbits as their pets. They are social, entertaining to watch and very playful. Rabbit often form a close bond with their masters. Rabbit’s life varies with breed, anywhere between 5 to 15 years. They can also be trained.

08 Snakes

Because of the increasing demand for the Snake as one of the most popular pets in America, a snake breeding industry has advanced to life in the U.S. especially concerning the gentle species like corn snake and the ball python. Snakes can have 40 years lifespan with proper care. They do not have to be fed often and requires food every 5 to 14 days and are very low maintenance pets. It is better to breed snakes that are born in captivity as pets because they are more docile than those caught from the wild. The most common species do not pass 1.5 meters in length.

07 Ferrets

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Ferrets gained their popularity, during the reign of Queen Victoria. The Queen not only ordered the construction of special cages for ferrets but also she started to gift ferrets to the visiting chief of state. More than 7 million ferrets in the U.S are kept as pets in households in 1994. They have qualities of both dogs and cats (even though there are several differences). They are little yet playful and remain so throughout their lives and can sleep around 15-20 hours a day.

06 Birds

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4,000 years ago, birds were first caged for their beauty. They are always closely associated with the dinner but there are various bird species which can be kept as pets. In fact, some types of birds are very attractive and rare, like the birds from the Macaw family. The parrot and the canary are the most commonly kept birds as pets. Certain species like Doves, budgerigars, cockatiels, lovebirds, and finches can prosper as pets with proper care but is better to left species like the macaw in the wild. The bird’s nutrition, care factors, and attention needs are the only concern. Larger birds can live up to dozens of years and can be wonderful companions.

05 Mouse / Rat

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Rats and mice were kept in the Royal Palaces but today they are not only amongst the most popular pets in America but all over the world. Usually, a mouse or rat can live up to 3 years. You will be surprised how Ronald Weasley’s rat lived for twelve years, it surprises us too. Let’s overlook the loophole in the excellence of Harry Potter. Also, we all have watched the movie Stuart little After human beings, mice are the most widely spread mammals. They feed on small plants, seeds, and insects and are nocturnal. Every thirty days, the female mouse can give birth to 4-7 younglings but these younglings don’t survive for much longer because of the huge number of predators.

04 Fish

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So far approx 25,000 species of fish have been discovered and in America, fishing is the second most popular hobby of the people. Fish brings both company and relaxation and always been a favorite of people looking for pets. For people with hyperactive minds watching a slow moving fish swimming in the aquarium is very soothing and relaxing. Fish are popular pets in America because they are cheap to buy, cheaper to feed, do not require much space, clean and low maintenance pets. Goldfish are the most famous amongst the known pet species

03 Hamster

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Arriving in the US in 1938, the history of hamsters is very interesting as hamsters were originally found by a zoologist in Syria and then sent to laboratories worldwide. When it comes to scientific experiments, Hamsters are popular because they are disease free and can reproduce at a fast rate. Farmers consider them a problem and several ways are sought to kill them, drowning them is one of the most popular but cruel ones

02 Cat

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The domesticated species of cats were first brought to America by the English. Primarily it was imported to control the trouble of the rodents. Even though the number of cats in America is greater than that of dogs, we would still rank dogs on top of our most favorite pets because many families wish to keep dogs but lesser space restricts the choice. Cats are very entertaining and playful. They are not as loyal as dogs and usually a bit selfish. In America, the most popular breed of cats is Siamese. If you want they will chat with you all day and night.

01 Dogs

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Dogs are the most popular pets in America states. There are several reasons for their top position. Dogs are immensely protective and loyal and it is proven in research. They are fond of their owners and kids. Dogs can be trained better than others pets. They will know when their owner is low and will mischievously try to distract them from the grumpy mood. Dogs do not require a lot of care and are sturdy animals. Though, dogs need to be fed on a regular basis. Today in America, Labrador is the most popular dog breed, according to The American Kennel Club.

 

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