The Best American Pets

1. Dogs

In the United States, dogs are the most common pets in homes. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says that more than 76 million dogs are kept as pets in the United States. These dogs are cared for by 48 million households. This means that, on average, there are 1.5 dogs in each home.

2. Cats

Cats are right behind dogs. The English brought them to North America to help get rid of the rodent problems that kept happening on the east coast. A few hundred years later, they were widely brought up as pets, and most animal lovers like them because they are naturally curious, cute, and playful. 

3. Fish

Fish are the third most popular type of pet kept in the United States, and close to 12% of all households in the country own at least one fish, if not more than one. Their aquariums make extremely attractive additions to any house and are surprisingly simple to care for and keep clean.

4. Birds

The fourth place goes to birds. They aren't as popular as fish or cats, but taking care of them is just as fun and rewarding, and 2.8% of American households have birds as pets. Bird owners are especially fond of cockatiels, parrots, and other birds that can talk like people.

5. Reptiles

Reptiles like snakes, salamanders, iguanas, and all kinds of lizards are becoming more and more popular among animal lovers in the United States. They are especially popular with millennials because they have a bit of an exotic look and feel to them. Reptiles are popular pets, and taking care of them can be fun and interesting

6. Rabbits

Rabbits are a very popular pet among people who love animals. It's right behind fish and birds, and it would be more popular if it wasn't so hard to take care of.But, like hamsters, gerbils, and other small furry pets, they are very cute, fun to pet, and fairly active for pets. They are the second most popular specialty pet, according to the AVMA.

7. Poultry

Even though it might not seem possible, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese are popular pets in many US homes. Some pet owners choose them because they are more practical, since some of them lay eggs that could be sold. According to the AVMA, they are more popular as pets than smaller mammals and other common choices.

8. Hamsters

After chickens, hamsters are the next most popular pet for people to keep at home. People like them because they are small, easy to care for, and rarely get sick. They are very hardy, and your hamster is more likely to die from old age than from a random virus or illness. The AVMA says that 887 out of every 1000 homes in the United States have hamsters.

9. Guinea pigs

Guinea pigs are just as cute as hamsters, but they don't get as much attention. Most young people who want to get a pet find it hard to choose between two pets that look similar. They are small, easy to take care of, very active, and tend to live for a long time.

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