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10 Pets My Family Will Never Own

By amberdoty |


We are a dog family. My husband and I both grew up with them and we are both allergic to cats. The decision of what kind of pet we would have was easily reached.

Anders loves our border collie, but occasionally, after spending an afternoon pouring over an animal book or conversing with a friend at school whose family pet is less traditional, he questions why we don’t own something more exotic.

While at some point I may be convinced to take on a goldfish or two, I’m pretty resolute in my list of animals we will never own.

Here are 10 creatures we won’t be welcoming home:

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10 Pets My Family Will Never Own


Any creature that requires its own farm is a no in my book. Sorry, kids.
Photo credit: Flickr.


What pet would you never consider buying for your kids?

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Amber Doty is a writer, scientist, wife, and mother to two boys. On Babble, Amber wrote for both Strollerderby and KidScoop about parenting news, pop culture, raising school-age children and general parenting tips. More of her work can be found on her website, The Daily Doty.

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5 thoughts on “10 Pets My Family Will Never Own

  1. LUP says:

    Is it just me or does this guy look alot like WALLEE?

  2. goddess says:

    And see, I ‘d NEVER, EVER< EVER in any formation, way shape or form, have a dog or cat. My budgies are just fine with me.

  3. Heather says:

    I had a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig growing up and it was pretty cool. It was actually litter box trained, and did tricks like a dog (sit, stay, fetch). When it gt too big for the house – even though we were told it wouldn’t because this type of pig is supposed to stay dog-size – it got o live outside. Until our neighbor got a male pig and ours kept breaking out to go see it, and she ended up just living there. We also had 3 dogs, a cat who pounced on anything that moved and so got sent to a farm – no, a real farm, we actually used to go visit it for years afterward – to deal with a mice problem in the barn, and a variety of small pets requiring cages. I will not buy my daughter any kind of rodent. Or a turtle. But snakes and spiders are OK, as long as her daddy helps her with the upkeep. I’m sorry, but I just can’t handle feeding one living creature to another (most snakes will only eat LIVE food).

  4. Amanda R. says:

    Yes, as a matter of fact the rat does need an explanation! I just knew rat would be on the list because everyone has an automatic rat aversion even though they are the best pets. I have two and wouldn’t trade them for anything. They are just as smart and trainable as dogs and as cuddly as cats but don’t need as much upkeep as either one.

  5. Cassie says:

    I have had 6 of the 10… lol

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