Domesticated pets are the most common types of pet. A domesticated animal is any animal that has been tamed and made fit for a human environment by being consistently kept in captivity and selectively bred over a long enough period of time that it exhibits marked differences in behavior and appearance from its wild relatives.
A hedgehog with albinism
Rodents, including rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, and chinchillas
Companion parrots, like the budgie and cockatiel.
Fowl, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, or quail
Passerines, namely finches and canaries
Siamese fighting fish (Betta)
Bees, such as Honey bees and Stingless bees
Main article: Exotic pet
The Hiran Minar near Lahore, Pakistan was built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir as a funerary monument in honor of his pet deer.
The Pasha's Favourite Tiger, oil painting by Rudolph Ernst
Wild animals are kept as pets. The term “wild” in this context specifically applies to any species of animal which has not undergone a fundamental change in behavior to facilitate a close co-existence with humans. Some species listed here may have been bred in captivity for a considerable length of time, but are still not recognized as domesticated.
Generally, wild animals are recognized as not suitable to keep as pets, and this practice is completely banned in many places. In other areas, certain species are allowed to be kept, and it is usually required for the owner to obtain a permit. It is considered animal cruelty by some, as most often, wild animals require precise and constant care that is very difficult to meet in captive conditions. Many large and instinctively aggressive animals are extremely dangerous, and numerous times have they killed their handlers.
Anteaters like southern tamanduas
Canidae like Arctic foxes, coydogs, dingoes, fennec foxes, gray foxes, and wolfdogs
Civets like binturongs and genets
Deer like fallow deer, leaf muntjacs and white-tailed deer
Felidae, including "big cats" such as tigers, lions, and leopards, as well as felinae species like bobcats, ocelots, margays, and servals
Marsupials like opossums, gliding possums, koalas, short-tailed opossums, wallabys, and wombats
Mustelids like badgers, minks, skunks, and otters
Primates like capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees, guenons, lemurs, macaques, marmosets, slow lorises, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sykes' monkeys, tamarins, and vervet monkeys
Procyonidae like cacomistles, coatimundi, kinkajous, raccoons, and ringtail cats
Rodents like capybaras, chipmunks, degus, dormouse, squirrels, groundhogs, patagonian cavys, pouched rats, and prairie dogs
Sloths such as two-toed sloths and pale-throated three-toed sloths
Monotremes such as platypus and echidnas
Companion parrots such as macaws, African grey parrot, Amazon parrot, cockatoo, etc.
Crows, ravens, and magpies
Birds of prey
Lizards, including bearded dragons, common leopard geckos, green anoles, blue tongue skinks, monitor lizards, and green iguanas
Snakes, including corns, kings, milks, and ball pythons
Salamanders, including Axolotls
The Caribbean hermit crab is one example of a pet arthropod.
Crabs and hermit crabs
Tarantulas and other spiders