Find Out if You Can Name the Most Popular Pets in America From an Image!

By: Kennita Leon
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These days, we're adopting all kinds of pets into our homes. But the more conventional ones are still very popular. Do you think you can name them all?

This breed of dog is also known as the Colonial Toy Spaniel and is one of the oldest toy spaniels. The hair on the ears of the Papillon is long and fringed. This breed of dog is very intelligent and it picks up tricks very quickly. If not properly trained, however, the Papillon can exhibit traits of aggressiveness.

Known as the common parakeet, typically spotting green and yellow along with black scalloped design around the nape, wings and back. Their popularity as a house pet is due to their small size, ability to mimic sounds and low cost of maintenance. After the cat and dog, the budgerigar is the third most popular house pet in the world.

This vibrant Siamese fighting fish is usually a lone swimmer. It was first discovered in Southeast Asia, where it thrived among the rice paddies. Betta fish are considered to be labyrinth fish, meaning they have the unique ability to breathe oxygen through their gills as well as directly from the air.

This ground-dwelling lizard is found in Asia and Afghanistan and unlike most lizards, this one cannot climb smooth surfaces, which makes it a perfect pet in captivity. The leopard gecko typically eats roaches, worms, and crickets. Most leopard geckos refuse to eat dead prey and prefer hunting for food themselves.

A distant relative to the shrew, this spiny mammal has non-poisonous spines. If facing an attack from a predator, the hedgehog will roll itself into a tiny spiny ball. Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures and traditionally feed on snails, frogs, toads, bird eggs, mushrooms, and berries. It is illegal to own a hedgehog in certain parts of the U.S. and Canada.

This species of large-bodied snake makes an excellent house pet. It varies in coloration ranging from brown, grey or cream and usually has a reddish or brown pattern towards the tail end. The boa constrictor feeds on small to medium-sized mammals, including birds. The boa strikes its prey by gripping it with its teeth, squeezing (constricting) the prey until it is dead, then consuming it whole.

These lizards can be found in warm climates and do not have the ability to blink but constantly lick their eyes to keep them clean and moist. Features of the gecko vary from patterns to colors to abilities to change colors. Some female geckos have the ability to reproduce without a male partner. Most geckos have adhesion pads on their toes, giving them the ability to adhere to most surfaces.

An amphibian species with no more than four toes on its front legs and five on its back legs. This pet feeds on any organism that is reasonably sized. Larger species of salamanders can consume crabs, fish, and small mammals. When there is toxicity in a salamander it showcases vivid colors as a warning, usually yellow, orange or red.

These birds are social parrots and named because of the strong monogamous bonding they exhibit. Lovebirds feed on a diet of seeds, fruit, vegetables and grasses. Lovebirds require companionship, sunlight and toys to keep them occupied because of their social personalities. If this is neglected, the Lovebird will show signs of depression by screaming, plucking out its feathers and exhibiting nervousness or aggression.

A domesticated cat whose coat features distinct dots, stripes, swirling patterns and lines, the tabby cat is a distant relative to the African wildcat. The four main tabby patterns include Classic, Mackerel, spotted and ticked. The word tabby originates from the French phrase ‘striped silk taffeta.’

These are land-dwelling reptiles with a hard-top shell that protects them from predators. These pets can vary in size ranging from a few centimeters to 2-3 meters. Tortoises are reclusive animals and have one of the longest life expectancies for land animals. They are herbivores that survive on a diet of grass, flowers, greens and fruits. Some tortoises consume worms and insects but too much protein can lead to shell deformities and other medical troubles.

One of the smallest breeds of dog comes in two varieties, the smooth coat or shorthaired Chihuahua and the long-haired Chihuahua. Chihuahuas that are not properly socialized can exhibit traits of possessiveness and aggression. Due to their temperament, Chihuahuas are usually unsuitable for households with young children who are impatient and rowdy. The average lifespan for this breed of dog is 12 to 20 years.

A reptilian species also known as Pogona, the name bearded dragon comes from the beard-like appearance the lizard possesses. These pets are very territorial and often display aggression during normal social interactions. Features of the Bearded Dragon include a triangular head, a flattened body, scales, and the ability to change colors.

This mammal belongs to the horse family. The ass, as it is also known, is domesticated and is commonly used to aid with heavy workloads. Donkeys are usually stubborn but it is difficult to frighten them. Donkeys mainly feed on shrubs.

This freshwater fish is the most commonly kept aquarium fish. It is native to East Asia and comes in a variety of colorations and sizes. Goldfish are social animals that display schooling attributes. Their diet consists of plant matter and insects. Goldfish do possess aggressiveness but only in feeding and competing for food.

This tiny mammal is from the rodent family and usually grows between 6 and 12 inches. Gerbils are sociable and typically live in groups when in the wild. These pets can be described as docile and are easily tamed. Gerbils need to be able to dig tunnel systems for themselves, rather than having them created for them.

These small mammals are found throughout the world and have developed adaptation methods to prevent from becoming prey to larger predators. A rabbit’s ears are long which helps with detecting predators. Rabbits can also see nearly 360 degrees and survive on a diet of grass and weeds.

This small African python is a non-venomous constrictor and gets its name from the shape it assumes when it feels threatened. The ball python feeds on a diet of small mammals. This snake varies in color patterns. The most common variations are Spider, Albino, Mojave and Pastel.

The most common cat species found in the United States is the domestic short-haired cat. This cat is of mixed ancestry and is not recognized as a cat breed. Short-haired cats love to hunt, spending six hours a day hunting on average. They are prized for this natural ability and are kept in most households to control the rodent population.

The goat is a close relative of the sheep and is one of the oldest domesticated animals. Goats are usually used for their hair, milk, and skin and survive on a diet of leaves and plants. In reality, goats will consume anything from cardboard to tin cans. They possess a curious personality and have the ability to climb and keep their balance in unorthodox places, like atop trees and fences.

Donning a pair of bright red eyes, the red-eyed tree frog has a green body with blue and yellow stripes along its sides. These frogs are non-poisonous and depend on their camouflaging abilities to ward off predators. Red-eyed tree frogs feed on a diet of mainly crickets, moths, flies and other small insects.

This parrot is easily recognized by its showiness and curved bill. It generally has feathers that are not as colorful as other parrots, mainly being grey, black or white. Cockatoos survive on a diet of seeds, corns, fruit, flowers, and insects. They require daylight to fend for food as they are not nocturnal birds. These birds are also monogamous, choosing to breed with one partner for many years.

This popular house pet is a small rodent that survives on a plant diet. However, mice can adapt to their surroundings and consume food scraps. They can typically be kept in cages similar to those that house hamsters or gerbils. These rodents are primarily nocturnal animals but they compensate for their poor eyesight by having a keen sense of hearing and smell.

These birds are commonly found in tropical and subtropical habitats. They feature a curved bill and have a vividly colored plumage. Parrots survive on a diet of nuts, fruits, buds, plants and seeds and are very intelligent. Captive parrots have the ability to mimic human speech and are able to form associations of words with their meanings. They rank as one of the most intelligent of birds.

One of the most popular dog breeds in the U.K and the U.S., the Labrador is also frequently used as an aid to individuals suffering from disabilities. Labradors are medium- to large build and come in shades of yellow, similar to butterscotch and also sometimes have a golden tone as well. Chocolate (dark brown) Labradors also exist. These dogs are also used for hunting, tracking, therapy work, and detection.

These are highly social and intelligent animals which share close relations to the wild boar. Pigs are omnivorous, their diet consisting of both plant and animals. On the downside, they can be carriers of many parasites and diseases which can be transmitted to humans.

These are herbivorous lizards that are native to the Caribbean, Mexico and South America and can range in size from 1.5 to 1.8 meters. The vision of an iguana is very keen, enabling it to see more shapes, shadows, and movements. These tricky reptiles are hard to find because they blend right into their environment.

These herbivorous mammals typically graze on grass from dawn to dusk, stopping in between to chew cud or rest. These flock animals have the tendency to follow a leader to new pastures, forgoing their natural instincts and relying solely on a leader. Sheep are typically seen as unintelligent. They are easily spooked and have strong tendencies to panic.

This fish sometimes has metallic scales and telescopic eyes that do not fully develop until they are 6 months old. Fantail goldfish are sensitive to low water temperatures and thrive at warmer temperatures of 73 to 74 degrees.

These crustaceous animals scavenge for shells to protect their soft spirally abdomens. Most hermit crabs depend on sea snail’s shells and hollowed out stone and wood. The hermit crab is a nocturnal animal and has the reputation of being a ‘throw-away pet” due its short life expectancy.

This breed of dog has the distinct features of a wrinkled face and a curled tail. Originally brought from China to Europe during the 16th century, the pug rose in popularity after Queen Victoria shared her passion for the breed with the Royal family members.

A species of rodent that is native to South America, the chinchilla's fur is one of the densest furs and has a velvet-like feel. This has made chinchillas a popular farm-raised animal for the fur industry. Chinchillas are a very sensitive pet to own, needing extensive dental care because of the growth of their teeth throughout their lifespan.

These mammals have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. Horses have been used in sporting competitions, agriculture, therapy, and entertainment. Throughout history, horses were also used during times of war. They also provide milk, meat, bone and hair for humans.

A breed of dog that has the distinct features of short legs and an elongated body. The dachshund is popular for hunting rabbits and small burrow-dwelling animals. Dachshunds are playful by temperament but they can also be stubborn and difficult to train.

This species of gecko was thought to be extinct until 1994 when it was rediscovered. The crested gecko has no eyelids and uses its tongue to clean its eyes. The gecko is usually grey, red, orange, yellow or brown and has a crest of skin that resembles eyelashes right above its eyes.

This mammal is famous for spraying an unpleasant smelling liquid. These omnivores enjoy a diet of earthworms, lizards, snakes, berries, nuts, and rodents. The skunk comes in different color variations like black and white, cream, ginger or brown. Skunks use their anal scent glands to ward off predators.

This is a domesticated species of cat that has a sporty multicolored coat that usually encompasses orange and black. The word Calico is a reference to the color pattern of the cat’s fur. Calico cats iare believed to bring good luck and are also referred to as money cats.

Known as a working dog, the German Shepard is a medium- to large-size dog originally from Germany. This dog was developed primarily for herding sheep. Due to its intelligence and trainability, it is used for police and military activities, assistance with the disabled, and search and rescue efforts.

The shell of a turtle is developed from its ribs. It acts as a shield offering protection to the reptile. The turtle is a cold-blooded animal and has to adapt to the temperature of its surroundings. Although the turtle might live in and around water, it does not lay its eggs underwater.

This breed of dog was originally developed as a fighting dog and has been banned in parts of the United States. However, it is now seen as a family dog or used in the herding of cattle. Breeds that fall under the heading of Pitbull types include Pitbull terrier, American Bully, American Bulldog and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The canary is a domesticated bird that was bred in captivity and brought to Europe by Spanish sailors. The lifespan of a captive canary is 10 to 15 years when it is well taken care of. This is a popular bird praised for its ability to sing.

Known for its ability to change color, the chameleon is a characterized as a reptile. Chameleons have independently mobile eyes. It is a superior climber and visual hunter that thrives in warm climates.

This is a long-haired breed of cat with a life expectancy of 12 -17 years on average. Features of this breed of cat include a rounded skull, short face, and stubby nose. The Persian cat is the most popular breed in the United States and comes in the color variations of calico, silver, and black-white.

This mammal belongs to the same genus as the weasel. Most ferrets are typically brown, white, black or mixed. The ferret has a tail about 13 cm long and weighs about 15 pounds. The domesticated ferret can be used to hunt rabbits. It has an average life expectancy of 7 to 10 years.

A domesticated fowl that is used by humans primarily as a food source, chickens are often raised for both their meat and eggs. A chicken’s diet consists of seeds and insects and animals like small snakes, lizards, and mice. These communal animals opt to raise their young in a flock and usually establish a pecking order in accordance with dominance.

This breed of dog is usually large and is used as a hunting dog due to its ability to retrieve game that has been shot. The Golden Retriever is loved for its friendly and confident temperament. It is good with children, kind to strangers and has a trusting disposition.

Recognized as one of the first distinct Asian cat breeds, the Siamese cat features blue almond eyes, large ears, triangular head and slender body. The temperament of the Siamese is that of intelligence and affection. This breed is also very playful and vocal.

This bird is a prized household pet and can live up to 25 years. The cockatiel is a nomadic bird that goes where there is food and water. The crest of the Cockatiel can tell what emotional state the bird is in. If the crest is vertical, it means the bird is startled. If the crest is flattened and close to the head, it means the cockatiel is angry.

The guinea pig can be described as docile, responsive and friendly. Guinea pigs are regarded as intelligent and can learn complicated paths to food and accurately remember them for months. A guinea pig asserts its dominance by biting, head thrusts, loud noises, and leaping to attack.

This house pet belongs to the rodent family. Its popularity as a house pet is due to the fact it can be easily bred in captivity. Hamsters survive mainly on a diet of fruits, seeds and vegetation. One particular feature of hamsters besides their mall size is their elongated cheeks that stretch to their shoulders.

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