Dogs have consistently been among the most popular pets in the USA. Various breeds, including Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Bulldogs, have held top spots in terms of ownership.
Cats are also extremely popular pets across the country. Breeds such as the Domestic Shorthair and Domestic Longhair, as well as specific breeds like the Maine Coon and Siamese, are commonly chosen by pet owners.
Keeping fish, whether in freshwater or saltwater aquariums, is a popular hobby in the USA. Colorful species like goldfish, bettas, tetras, and cichlids are commonly kept as pets.
Birds, particularly parrots, budgerigars (parakeets), cockatiels, and finches, are popular choices for avian enthusiasts. Their colorful plumage and ability to mimic sounds make them attractive pets.
Small mammals like rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils are popular choices for families or individuals looking for smaller pets that are relatively easy to care for.
Some reptiles, such as turtles, snakes, and lizards (like bearded dragons and geckos), are also kept as pets by enthusiasts who appreciate their unique characteristics and behaviors.
While more commonly found in rural or suburban areas, horses are still popular pets, especially among equestrian enthusiasts and those involved in competitive riding or leisure activities.
Some people also keep more exotic animals such as sugar gliders, hedgehogs, ferrets, and even potbellied pigs as pets, though these tend to be less common and may have specific legal restrictions in different areas.