Other Pets

HowStuffWorks looks at the wonderful world of pets besides cats and dogs, including birds, rabbits, rodents and reptiles.

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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.

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

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

By Mark Mancini

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

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

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

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Be prepared to ferret-proof your house! These guys are smart and creative little explorers requiring serious adult supervision.

By Meg Sparwath

Guinea pigs are small, social and way better than hamsters.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Lovebirds make great pets either alone or in pairs and flourish when they're shown lots of affection.

By Laurie L. Dove

That's mainly because they are low-maintenance and surprisingly lovable.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Rabbits sure are cute – they're smart, curious and crafty, but they definitely need some special care.

By Jesslyn Shields