There are numerous pet rodents and other small animal that make excellent pets. They require less daily commitment than a traditional dog or cat and are generally less expensive to maintain. Small pet rodents and other similar animals are often considered good first pets or good pets for children; however, many of the pet rodents and other small pets are too sensitive and nervous to be make good pets for young children. Those considering adding a rodent or other small animal to their home, should research each species individually to ensure they get the right pet to match their household.
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Hamster: there are about 24 species of hamsters, but only about five species are commonly sold as pets.
Rabbit: There are about 50 different breeds of rabbits available as pets. Much like Dog kennel clubs and cat kennel clubs, there are rabbit kennel clubs and rabbit shows.
American Fuzzy Lop
Argente St. Hubert
Blanc de Bouscat
Banc de popielno
Blanc de Termonde
Blue of ham
Blue of Sint-Niklaas
Brown Chestnut of lorraine
Czech Red Rabbit
Fauve de Bourgogne
Fee de Marbourg
Grey Pearl of Halle
Liptov Baldspotted rabbit
Mini lion Lop
New Zealand Red
Plush Lop - standard
Plush lop- mini
Rex - standard
Rex - mini
Rex - opossum
Satin - Angora
Chinchilla: There are only two types of chinchillas commonly sold as pets
Hedgehog; there are about six different species of hedgehogs commonly sold as pets; most of the species sold as pets are hybrids.
North African hedgehog
Indian long-eared hedgehog
Ferret; There are only two species of ferrets sold as pets.
Gerbil; there are only two types of gerbils commonly sold as pets.
Fat-Tailed Gerbils/ Jirds/ Duprasi
Guinea Pig: there are about ten types of guinea pigs sold as pets.
Mice: Most pet stores sell two types of mice: fancy and feeder/standard. However, there are several different types of fancy mice breeds.
Rats: there are 5-10 different types of rats commonly available in pet stores.
Chipmunks: Chipmunks are not commonly sold as pets in North America, but are fairly common pets in Europe. There are only two types of chipmunks commonly sold as pets.
North American Chipmunk
Squirrel: Squirrels are not commonly sold as pets in North America, but are fairly common pets in Europe. There are only three types of squirrels commonly sold as pets.
American Red squirrel
Southern Flying squirrel
Skunks: there is only one type of skunk commonly sold as pets.
Monkeys: There are about seven types of monkeys that are commonly sold as pets; they are all small sociable species of monkeys.