Dogs and cats have dominated the market for as long as people have owned pets. Their well-deserved reign on top shows no sign of coming to an end anytime soon. After all, most of them are smart, lovable and enjoy human affection.
However, more and more people are considering alternative options for their companions and we’d like to share some ideas that you may have never considered.
Please note that each state in the U.S. has their own laws regarding the ownership of exotic animals. We highly recommend researching the guidelines in your area before making any decisions.
1. FENNEC FOX
The smallest of the world’s foxes, the fennec variety is guaranteed to make you go “Awww!” Combine their petite size with disproportionately large ears and you get an unusual combination that makes for one of the cutest exotic pet options available. Their natural habitat is in the Sahara desert and other parts of North Africa.
2. SPOTTED GENET
If you aren’t instantly charmed by a genet’s spots, you will certainly be won over by its captivating eyes. Some have described their playful nature as similar to kittens. They can be found throughout Africa, Europe and parts of the Middle East.
3. MICRO PIG
Add the word “micro” or “miniature” to any animal and you can almost guarantee there will be a demand for them as pets. Pigs are no exception. As an added bonus, there is a good chance that they will bond with your other pets, creating some photo ops that are too cute for words.
4. PYGMY GOAT
Sticking with the miniature theme, why not have your own tiny goat? These pygmy breeds love to climb so a large backyard with lots of rocks and tree stumps would be an ideal environment for them.
5. SUGAR GLIDER
Like kangaroos and koalas, sugar gliders are marsupials. True to their name, these cute creatures like to eat anything sweet and have a membrane that gives them the ability to glide between trees. They are native to Australia and Indonesia.
Degus are considered to be very intelligent, allowing them to be tamed and giving them the ability to bond with their owners. The origins of the degu can be traced back to Chile.