While mankind first domesticated animals to provide food (cows and pigs), transportation (horses and camels), or as beasts of burden (oxen and donkeys), we have since come to rely on the companionship and joy of keeping animals as pets. There are several very common household pets. The best to start with is a goldfish. They are pretty easy to care for and can give you an indication if you are able to care for more than yourself. You can advance to more complex fish to care for in a fresh or saltwater environment, if you have some success with old goldie. Birds are very intelligent and make great pets but require a bit more care than fish. They require daily attention and a good bit of cleaning. Hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs make for fun pets as they scurry about. Bites are possible with these creatures. Cats make great pets and they are very independent, just make sure no one is allergic to their fur. It is the most common pet allergy to humans. The classic cuddly puppy dog always makes a great pet, but dogs require the most care of all pets. Dogs also need to a good temperament to be around children.
The following worksheets explore the characteristics of various popular pet animals, including dogs, cats, and other small mammals, birds, fish, and even reptiles. Each reading passage is accompanied by two different question sheets. Fun Fact: In the United States, more than 63% of households report owning at least one pet. Dogs are the most popular choice.