Popular Pets Around The World

We cat lovers like to think that cats are the most popular pets in the world. The same goes for the dog lovers. I think we would be surprised to find out that neither are the most popular pets in the world. In fact, even in the US the most popular pet is fish. In the U.S.A. National Pet Owners survey found that the people in the United States own a total of 142 million fish as pets, almost as many cats and dogs that are owned as pets combined! The rest of the world also have pets that are more popular than dogs and cats. Here are a few of those countries:

Bird cages hang from the trees of parks around the cities on Sunday mornings as pensioners gather for weekly reunions- keeping birds in ornate bamboo cages is a common pastime in China for the retired, for whom small birds are a much sought after companion to loneliness.

Bird cages hang from the trees of parks around the cities on Sunday mornings as pensioners gather for weekly reunions- keeping birds in ornate bamboo cages is a common pastime in China for the retired, for whom small birds are a much sought after companion to loneliness.

China

In China, the traditional Pet is a cricket, with the most popular being the Chinese singing cricket. People keep them in cages, and cricket fights are a very popular pastime. Birds, however, are the most popular special pets for the elderly. While many folks int he US take their dogs for a walk, the elderly in China take their birds for a walk. The literally carry the bird cages with tehm to the park. there they hang the bird cage on a tree. The bird sings as the owners do their exercises or socialise.

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Japan

In Japan, large horned beetles are a favorite pet of children and adults. Traditionally caught outdoors, nowadays they are usually purchsed in a  store that carries the beetles and the supplies needed to keep them.  Most Japanese boys want a beetle, but it’s costly.  Usually their first beetle starts as a grub from a local store, which lets kids dig them up from a big pit of dirt for only 100 yen (about a dollar). The grub grows into a 3-inch-long beetle, but this process requires specialized care. The grub’s home needs to be kept clean and just damp enough that mold doesn’t grow. Different soil is required depending on the insect’s phase of development. The up side is you get a rhinoceros beetle that you have grown yourself. The Japanese claim that each beetle has its own personality and the more aggressive are used for fighting. They even watch gbeetle fightin on TV.

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Peru

Alpacas are a type of  camel. There are roughly 3.5 million of these animals alive today, and mot of the are found in Peru. Alpacas are incredibly popular because their fur can be used as a luxurious fiber.They are shown in pet competitions throughout the world. They make excellent pets because they are extremely loyal and obedient, and can easily be taught simple one-word commands.

French love their reptiles

French love their reptiles

France

By the sheer volume, no European country has more reptiles kept as pets than France does. While many people fear poisonous snakes in France, many French people keep more docile reptiles, like small lizards and turtles. The most common pet snakes in France are boas and brown snakes.

Fish are popular in the UK

Fish are popular in the UK

UK

Fish are  the UK’s most popular pet with over 40 million of them. That figure includes both indoor and outdoor fish. Goldfish can be considered as being both indoor and outdoor pets; at first they were kept in outside ponds and were not housed in indoor goldfish bowls in the UK until the late 1800s.

 

 

Sources: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2008/05/02/2233659.htm

http://legacy.pitchengine.com/noporkpies/the-uks-10-most-popular-pets

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/the-unusual-life-of-pets-in-japan