Pets have different grooming and dietary needs as well as different exercise and social habits. Just like humans, pets also have diverse temperaments and personalities. Own a large Rottweiler or German Shepherd and you may be better off living in a house that has a large back yard, as these dogs need lots of room to roam, play and exercise to thrive. Smaller pets, like a Chihuahua or a Beagle, may be easier to groom but drive your neighbors nuts with their constant barking while you’re away. Each of these dogs looks cute while a puppy. Yet, each requires regular care. If you’re a busy homeowner who’s looking for a perfect pet to call your own, consider these pets: • Turtles – Choices available to you for pet turtles include land and water turtles. Some small turtles, like the red ear slider live 40 or more years. Large, land turtles can live hundreds of years. If you get a water turtle, upgrade the tank or aquarium as the turtle grows. Make sure that the aquarium is large enough for the turtle to swim freely in. You may have to clean the tank once a month, depending on the filters that you use. • Fish – Similar to turtles, fish are relatively easy to care for. There are small fish that have lived several years, especially when given good care and affection. Avoid over feeding fish. Have fun decorating their tank and watching them swim and play. • Cats – While kittens, these pets rarely stay still, pouncing on nearly anything that moves. Grown cats tend to be independent and can keep themselves quite entertained. Yet, they do appreciate and enjoy love and affection just like other pets. A litter box, cat food, scratching rod, toys, perching area and a sleeping bed are items that cats need. • Dogs that don’t bark a lot – Pugs, Chinese Shar-Peis, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, whippets and golden retrievers are amongst dogs low on the barking scale. These dogs offer companionship without keeping you or the neighbors jittery or up at night. • Hamster – The lifespan for a hamster is about two to three years. These animals are small, needing little room for play and exercise. They especially make good pets for young children. Because they can stay in a cage, you won’t have to worry about them messing up your house. They can also look out for themselves while you’re at work. • Parrots – This is another pet that can stay in a cage while you are away. Parrots can live up to 80 years. Opt for a cage that gives a parrot room to fly. Consider taking the bird outdoors in a cage once a week. They don’t talk. They rarely cry and you won’t hear them complain, but pets have needs, both physical and emotional. Before buying a pet, ask a pet store clerk to tell you the grooming, exercise and daily care that the pet you’re thinking about getting needs. You can also read books or search the web to find information about the particular pet you’re thinking about bringing home. Avoid getting a pet simply because your kids beg you to. Make sure that your everyone in your family wants the pet and will do her or his part to help care for and clean up after the pet.