Pets

Pets make wonderful companions. Learn how to take care of pets, read about common pet behavior issues and injuries and pick up general pet care tips.

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With a very friendly personality, the Egyptian Mau can be trained to do almost anything a dog can do, from walking on a leash to fetching a ball.

By Patty Rasmussen

The most obvious feature of Manx cats is their lack of a tail, but there is a lot more to them than that, including the fact that they have dog-like personalities and make great pets.

By Patty Rasmussen

British researchers have found that cats really respond when their owners slow blink at them. It's a great way to improve communication with your cat.

By Valerie Stimac

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There's no question you love your cats and dogs like family. What you don't love is their shedding.

By Sharise Cunningham

Sure, they're adorable. And they're apparently into yoga. But could they really edge out the dog as our favorite pet?

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

As the 197th breed to be recognized by the AKC, the Biewer terrier is popping up on the radar of dog lovers everywhere.

By Wendy Bowman

It's not the spots, but the mutation of a certain gene, discovered in 2013 by the Appaloosa Project, that makes a horse an Appaloosa.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

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The black mouth cur may look like a basic dog, but it's actually powerful, protective and sensitive. We'll tell you everything about them, including tips on training and how big they get.

By John Donovan

These lizards love to climb and can thrive on a diet that doesn't include live insects.

By Mark Mancini

Flemish giants, also known as "Flemmies," make great pets, but the question is, how did they get so big?

By Jesslyn Shields

The rare Bombay cat is all black, but color alone doesn't make a cat a Bombay.

By Laurie L. Dove

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If you're thinking about entering the wonderful world of gecko ownership, check out the advice from our leopard gecko expert and see if this is the right lizard for you.

By Mark Mancini

What do you get when you mix a poodle and a golden retriever? An oodleriever? Nope — you get a goldendoodle. They're great pets, but have a ton of rambunctious energy and need a lot of play time and attention.

By Wendy Bowman

If you have a tough time harnessing your dog's boundless energy, the martingale collar could be the answer. Well, on walks anyway.

By Jeremy Glass

A popular companion dog for European royalty for centuries, this elegant breed is still sought after worldwide, though somewhat difficult to find in the U.S.

By Wendy Bowman

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It's not uncommon for older dogs to lose their sight or even their hearing as they age. But can they lose their ability to smell, too?

By Patty Rasmussen

Although it may seem like there is no shortage of pets available for adoption, competition can be fierce for the more desired ones. Here are some ways to increase your chances of getting the pet you really want.

By Alia Hoyt

A lot of people are raising chickens in their backyards. As pets. Are these birds really all they're cracked up to be?

By Meg Sparwath

To a human it's unimaginable — sniffing another's derriere. But to our canine companions, it's totally normal. But why? Why?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Hermit crabs are easy to care for as pets if you provide them with all the essentials they need. And that includes shells for their growing bodies.

By Mark Mancini

Some of us get it, some of us don't – the scourge of so many nature lovers everywhere – but did you know that our four-legged friends are also susceptible to the three-leaved menace?

By Patty Rasmussen

All dogs have anal glands that serve multiple functions. The problem is they can also get blocked or infected, and even leak, which is really disgusting if you're a human.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The xoloitzcuintli is one of the most ancient of dog breeds and even was considered as a symbolic guide to the underworld by the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

By Wendy Bowman

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Colorful, flashy betta fish are common as pets. But many owners are unaware of how to properly care for them.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

If you run out of your dog's food, can you just feed him your cat's food? And what about your cat? Is it OK to give him dog food?

By Meg Sparwath