It is often said by people who have a furry friend as part of their family unit that they can never truly trust someone who does not love animals or at least likes them a great deal. This division is, perhaps unsurprisingly, between animal lovers and those who prefer a quieter and arguably, less enjoyable existence heavily biased on one proverbial side, with the former definitely making up the majority.
Up and down the United States, people keep all manner of different breeds and species of animals, birds, and reptiles and if you are interested in learning the most common household pets in the US as of 2022, then continue reading.
By far, the most common household pet in this country is, of course, man’s best friend, the dog, with other 69 million families owning one. The most popular breeds of dogs from the most recent study by the American Kennel Club include, in order:
- French Bulldogs
- German Shepherd (also known as Alsatians)
- Golden Retrievers
The second most popular domesticated pet is the cat, with forty-five and a half million households counting themselves as cat people. Top breeds of cats in the United States include the Domestic Shorthair, the American Shorthair, the Domestic Longhair, the Maine Coon, Siamese cats, and the Russian Blue.
If you are considering bringing a cat into your family, you should look into adopting one from a reputable and respected animal shelter and to always keep in mind that even if you are adopting a house cat, you should still register them with a professional vet service such as easyvet.com.
3. Freshwater Fish
Over 11.8 million American people have a tank with freshwater fish, usually, goldfish, in their homes, and people of all ages love to watch in wonder at their adored and cherished fish.
A goldfish is often the first pet a parent will buy for their child, and it is certainly true to say that this is an excellent way of introducing children to the idea of responsibility. In addition, perhaps unsurprisingly, goldfish and other breeds of freshwater fish are by far the cheapest pet to have.
Coming in at the fourth most common pet in this country, parakeets easily fit the bill, with just under 10 million families keeping some breed of parakeets, with the most popular species being the beautiful and Australian-born budgerigar.
Budgies can be one of a stunning array of colors, with the most commonly found being:
- Green and yellow
- Blue and grey
- Blue and bright yellow – this is often confused for a canary
Finally, the fifth most popular domesticated pet in the United States (and interestingly, the third most common pet in the United Kingdom) is the bunny rabbit, with rabbits being part of over six and a half million homes across America.
Rabbits are often exceedingly understood by those who have never even encountered, let alone owned, one and are actually classified as exotic pets due to their complicated intestines and stomachs.