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Which Pet Should I Get?
The most popular pets are dogs and cats. But there are other pets. We have included over three dozen pet possibilities (including cats and dogs) for your consideration. Tell us your preferences, and we'll match them with a list of pets, in ranked order, that best meet your needs and desires.

  • This selector focuses on pets generally. Are you interested in anything more pet specific?
  •   Yes, I am specifically interested in dog breeds most appropriate for me.
      Yes, I am specifically interested in cat breeds most appropriate for me.
      Yes, I am specifically interested in bird breeds most appropriate for me.
      No, I am here at the "Pet Selector" because I want to select the general category of pet that's best for me.

    1. How much attention can you give your new pet? Some pets are fairly independent and essentially only depend on their owner for the basics: food, water and shelter. Others, however, need more regular interaction. Remember, not all pets are okay as latchkey pets. No preferenceI can spend a lot of quality time with my petI can spend some time with my petI'm very busy and can't spend much time with my pet
    I can spend a lot of quality time with my pet
    I can spend some time with my pet
    I am very busy and can not spend much time with my pet
    No preference
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    2. How much maintenance time can you set aside? Pets require varying degrees of upkeep. In addition to basic feeding and cleaning time, some critters need more handling and grooming than others. Think about your daily routine and how much time you can devote to your new pet.
    I have plenty of time for care and maintenance
    I do not have very much time
    No preference
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    3. What level of grooming do you prefer? If you're looking to get off easy here, then obviously a long-haired pet isn't for you. There are some pets that need no grooming, while others will benefit from a daily appointment with you and a brush.
    I can spend a lot of time grooming
    I can spend some time on grooming
    I would rather not have to spend a lot of time grooming my pet
    No preference
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    4. Would you prefer a pet that is appropriate for children? Kids and a cute, cuddly pet it's a heartwarming image. But the truth is, some pets can be handled by children better than others.
    Preferred
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    5. Would you like a pet that is compatible with other pets?
    Preferred
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    6. Do you have an aversion to bugs, mice and/or rats?
    Yes
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    7. Would you prefer a pet that is more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers?
    Yes
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    8. How do you feel about a messy pet? With some pets, changing the newspaper-lining of a cage is sufficient. And then there are those pets that require a little more clean-up.
    Messiness bothers me
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    Low Priority High Priority

    9. How do you feel about a smelly pet? As the owner, your pet's smell is something that can be somewhat within your control. If you're able to devote some time to bathing, then your pet will probably smell less. But there are still some animals that generally just have a stronger odor than others.
    Smelliness bothers me a lot
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    10. How much can you budget towards a pet? Adoption or purchasing fees are only the beginning. There are a number of expenses that come with owning a petincluding the cost of trips to the veterinarian, food and maintenance supplies. (The following is a annual estimated budget, excluding any acquisition expenses.)
    Under $75 a year
    $76-$175 a year
    $176-$300 a year
    Over $300 a year
    No preference
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    11. How do you feel about a noisy pet? Consider not only your feelings on the matter, but also your neighbors. Are they within earshot? If so, whining or barking noises may disturb them.
    Noise bothers me a lot
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    12. What type of housing do you prefer for your pet? Keep in mind that each of these accommodations will require its own level of space and maintenance.
    Cage
    Kennel or dog house
    Run of the house
    Stable and pasture
    Aquarium
    No preference
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    13. How much dedicated space can you provide your pet?
    Little space
    Lot of space
    No preference
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    14. Would you prefer a pet that can be trained?
    Trainable preferred
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    15. How responsive a pet would you like? There are some pets that will greet you with a big fat smooch, while others will hardly notice your arrival. (This is a two-way street: Chances are that you will have to return the affection and attention.)
    Indifferent to attention, does not need interaction
    Playful, affectionate
    No preference
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    16. What size of pet would you like? Some people prefer pets that fit in their pockets and can go anywhere with them fairly unnoticed. Others want a pet with a greater physical presence.
    Small
    Medium
    Large
    No preference
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    17. Would you like a pet that is more active during the day (diurnal) or nighttime (noctural)?
    Diurnal
    Nocturnal
    No preference
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    18. Would you like a pet with which you can be physically active? Whether you're looking for a jogging partner or someone to watch sitcoms with, there is a pet to fit your interests.
    No, I do not want a particularly active pet
    Yes, would like an active pet
    No preference
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    19. How long of a commitment are you prepared for? Some pets simply have a longer anticipated life span than others. While there are species that, on average, live just a few months, there are also those that live many decades.
    Shorter life span (0 to 8 years)
    Medium life span (10 to 12 years)
    Longer life span (more than 12 years)
    No preference
    Prioritize your choice above:
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