The Cutest Pets From Weird and Wonderful to Old Faithful

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So you’re thinking about getting a pet and you want the cutest of the cute. You’ve figured out what kind of time you have and you’re ready to commit. There are pros and cons to getting a cute, furry friend and there are also animals you might not have considered before as well as old favorites. Check out the cutest pets from the weird and wonderful to man’s best friend.

Miniature Donkey

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Source: Cutespaw

These dinky little mini donkeys are the cutest pet out there. They only grow to about 35 inches tall meaning you don’t need bags of space!

Why do Miniature Donkeys make great pets?

They’re cuddly.

Mini donkeys are incredibly affectionate and love to be petted. They love their human companions like their own and a donkey’s love is totally for life.

They’re smart.

If you treat your donkeys well they will never forget because they have great memories. This means you can expect lifelong loyalty from your furry friend which includes unlimited cuddles.

The Downside?

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Source: FWT

Donkeys, whatever their size, are stubborn. But if you give them the love and attention they need, your donkey will love you forever.

 

Pygmy Goat

These dinky little cousins of the standard goat are best kept as a pair or more. This is because they are herding animals and like to be in the company of their own as well as humans. A good breeder will only sell them in pairs, so use this tip when purchasing your pygmy.

Why do they make great pets?

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Source: yourdailydish

They’re fun.

A favorite pastime of pygmy goats is to play. Remember Buttercup, the YouTube sensation? She’s a great example of a happy pygmy goat who loves to have fun.

They’re friendly.

Pygmy goats love human contact but they’re friendly nature exceeds this. They are known to make excellent companions for other animals. They live for 10-12 years so these furry little bundles will be around for some time.

They’re easy to keep.

You do need space for a pair of pygmies. A medium-sized garden with enough room for a pen sized no smaller than 8ft x 6ft suits them well. They like to play so adding some activities like tables and chairs for them to climb and jump on will make them very happy because it harkens back to their origins as mountain dwellers. They also like shelter and need a decent bundle of hay every fortnight along with goat mix. Treat them to fruit and veg from the kitchen to make them super happy!

The Downside?

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Source: Houdini

Goats will eat anything so you need to make sure they are well-fenced to avoid losing the tires from your car. Remove any poisonous plants just in case there is break out!

House Rabbits

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Source: factsonrabbits hubpages

Rabbits make lovely house pets and best of all, you can get one from your local shelter and do a good deed.

Why do they make great pets?

They love company.

Bunnies are super social little creatures and love to be part of the family. They enjoy having their indoor house near the family hub so that they can interact with you.

They like to bond with their humans.

Rabbits love to bond with their humans and can be very affectionate but as a general rule, they don’t like being picked up and held. They’re happiest on their own level with their humans around them and they like to take the lead.

They’re good to train.

Even a rescue bunny is likely to have the basics but they will need a bit of help when you first get your bunny, even more so if you opt for a baby. The good news is that they’re super easy to train!

The Downside?

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Source: Petattack

You will need to bunny-proof your house if your new furry friend is to have full reign because they’re very curious and love to explore…Everything!

Dogs

Dogs have been man’s best friend for centuries and there’s a reason for that. Treated with love and kindness, your dog will be loyal and part of the family.

Why do they make great pets?

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Source: lovemycockapoo/photobucket

They’re loving.

Dogs love to be in your company because once you’ve accepted each other into your respective lives, you’re a pack. And being in a pack counts for a lot. Some breeds like cuddles more than others but nearly every dog loves to be petted.

They’re smart.

Nearly every dog breed can be trained to perfection with time and patience because they are smart. They respond well to positive messages which also increases the bond they have with their humans.

They get you out.

Dogs are great if you like or need to get out of the house. This also means a commitment to take your furry friend for walkies at least twice a day but the joy they get from seeing you pick up the lead or throw the ball can make you happier than you will know.

The Downside?

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Source: Dogshaming/Pinterest

Some breeds have specific traits that might not suit you lifestyle. For example, miniature poodles are very needy and crave company this can translate into nasty surprises when you get home. Some breeds also require expensive grooming!

 

Cats

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Source: Fanpop

Cats love to play and contrary to their reputation as aloof, they can thrive in company. Because of this, if you’re not around a lot, cats prefer to live in a pair.

Why do they make great pets?

They love to be loved.

It’s true that not all cats are affectionate, but most love to have cuddle time. Some might like it on their own terms and others might be more relaxed but most cats will require daily lap time for strokes and purrs.

They’re easy to train.

Cats are great if you don’t have the commitment needed for walkies like you do a dog or the space required like you need for a pygmy goat. This is partly because some breeds are happy to be indoors if they have enough stimulation and they are very easy to train with the litter box. Cats can even learn games like fetch.

They’re independent.

Whilst it’s not a great idea to get a pet if you’re never going to be around, cats are happy for you to be out the house if they have entertainment of their own. They are less needy than dogs and are happy just to be near you when you’re home.

The downside?

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Source: comicvine

Whilst they can be cuddly, some cats just don’t like it and that’s that.

 

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