British Shorthair cat

Compared to most shorthair breeds, British Shorthairs are relatively calm cats when they mature. They are easygoing in nature and talk infrequently. Very affectionate, they become quite attached to the people they own. British Shorthairs are easily trained and very adaptable. They seem to get along well with all human members of the household, regardless…

Russian Blue cat

The sparkling, silvery blue coat and brilliant green eyes of the Russian Blue draw immediate attention to this shorthaired breed. But it’s the intelligent and playful disposition that makes the Russian Blue a perfect pet for most households. The Russian Blue is a gentle cat with a somewhat shy nature around strangers. They are devoted…

Turkish Angora cat

One of the most outgoing and affectionate of all cat breeds, the rare and beautiful Turkish Angora has a fascinating history and is considered a national treasure in its native land. Many Turkish Angora owners in the United Stated consider their cats a treasure as well! Turks are not only intelligent, but extremely adaptable, loving…

Parrotlets

Parrotlets are exactly as their names describe…They have a parrot-sized personality in a lovebird-sized package. These birds are the smallest parrots kept as pets and they have about the same size personality as an Amazon. However, unlike Amazons, these birds are great for first-time owners. They are entertaining and playful, and they can even learn…

Parakeets

Generally speaking, Parakeets are a group of small to medium sized pet birds that have long tail feathers. Because the term is so general, it refers to a wide range of birds with different sizes, looks, and personalities. One of the best known in the U.S. is the Budgerigar (Budgie). The different types of these…

Lovebirds

Lovebirds are very popular pets and are a good for first-time bird owners. These birds are great pets for older children but may be a bit too nippy for younger children. They are quiet birds, so they can live in an apartment with you. They can also be friendly with all members of your family…

Finches

Finches are small, energetic birds that are best admired from afar. These birds are known for their beauty and some are able to sing. They are well suited for aviaries and flights, but a pair can be kept together in a cage. They are not meant to be alone, so you should own at least…

Canary

The Canary bird is set aside from other pet birds because of their beautiful singing ability. Canaries are known for their beauty and their song and have been kept as pets since the 1400s. They are not companion birds and are better admired from afar, but this doesn’t make them any less of a great…

Rats

General Appearance Rats look quite similar to mice, although they are typically much larger. The average rat grows about ten inches long from its nose to the base of its tail, and the ridged tail usually adds another seven inches to the total length of the animal. A rat’s coat should be glossy, and it…

Mice

General Appearance Mice are one of the smallest rodents kept as pets, but their size varies according to breed. Some are as small as four inches long from nose to tail, while some show mice are bred to grow six inches or more. These rodents have prominent, rounded eyes, tulip-shaped ears and long tails. They…

Hamsters

General Appearance Domesticated Syrian hamsters are most commonly kept as pets. According to the Southern Hamster Club, they are stocky little creatures that measure about five inches long on average. They have fairly large eyes for their size, and their ears are erect. They also have very stubby tails. Syrian hamsters can have long or…

Guinea Pigs

General Appearance Guinea pigs, more accurately called cavies, are plump little tailless creatures that weigh approximately two pounds when fully grown. They have blunt, Roman noses and round eyes, and their ears look similar to rose petals.   These cute, domesticated pets can have long or short hair, depending on their breed, and there are…