Choosing a pet is one of the hardest decisions you, or perhaps your partner and children if it’s a family pet, will ever face. If you love the idea of adding an animal to your family, that almost makes the decision harder, as there’s far too much choice available. You can’t have all the animals on your list, unless you’re planning on running a zoo. Don’t even joke about that if you think the kids might hear. Still, if you’re really struggling on answer that big question as to which pet you should get, here are some pros and cons of a few different species that might just help you make the decision.
It doesn’t seem fair to simply call the dog “man’s best friend”; surely, it’s “human’s best friend”. Everybody loves dogs, and anybody who says they don’t is lying to themselves. Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme, but there’s no denying that they’re one of the sweetest and most lovable pets one could ever hope to own. Of course, even if you and your family know you want a dog, you then have the difficult choice ahead of you as to which breed you should pick.
If you have small children, then maybe a small and manageable dog, such as a Pug, is the best option for your family. They’re passionate, fun little creatures, and they don’t need long walks like other breeds; that’s a bonus. Still, if you’re a dog fanatic and perhaps living by yourself or with a partner, then a larger, majestic and more traditional breed such as Golden Retriever might be the perfect fluffy companion for you. They have beautiful coats, though that does mean they’ll shed around the house, and they do need more exercise than smaller breeds of dog, but it’s worth it. They’re amazing.
A horse is a very different kind of animal to a standard household pet, and the type of horse you choose depends very much on the owner. If you’ve always been a huge horse lover and you need no convincing of their worth but you don’t know which breed to choose, then you might want to read more on the American Paint Horse here, as it’s a particularly popular breed in virtue of its intelligence and gentle nature.
Of course, even if you are a horse lover, your decision may become a little more complicated when trying to choose a family pet. Perhaps a pony is a more suitable decision if this is supposed to be a pet for your young child, as they’re smaller and a steadier foundation on which to build. If your child enjoys horse riding, then they can progress up to a fully-grown horse as they improve and get older.
Rabbits are a popular choice of pet because they live incredibly long compared to other small pets such as gerbils and hamsters. Nonetheless, they boast all the same positives, such as being inexpensive and easy to maintain. They require very little attention, and yet they’re so cute and fluffy that you’ll want to give them lots of attention. Of course, if this is going to be a family pet, it’s important that you and your children get to know the rabbit, as they can bite if held inappropriately. Much like any pet, it all depends on the family along with how willing you are to train and learn about your new addition to the family.
So which pet will you choose?