You’re not likely to run into pet sheep or goats on your daily walk through the neighborhood, but there are plenty of other farm animals that make wonderful pets! These ten facts about farm pets will provide you with some fun and interesting information about these wonderful animals. If you’re interested in any of these animals as pets, be sure to visit your local pet store or talk to a breeder to find out more information about their personalities, care needs, and specific requirements before adopting one into your home. For example, many of these animals will enjoy living outdoors, if you have the space for them!
1) There are lots of different kinds
There are many different kinds of farm animals, but some of the most popular ones to raise on a small or large scale are cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and goats. Some of the cuter species you might see while visiting a farm are puppies, bunnies, kittens and chicks.
2) A farmer might have more than 100 animals on their property
Farmers are responsible for feeding, watering, and caring for thousands of animals on a regular basis. From chickens to goats, cows to sheep, these animals can seem like part of the family at times. Whether you’re a farmer or not, it’s hard not to love the farm pets that we see in videos.
3) Livestock are often used as collateral for loans
Livestock can often be used as collateral for loans. Theoretically, if the farmer cannot repay the loan, they would have to sell their livestock to pay back the debt. However, this is a rare occurrence because farmers usually already own these animals before taking out a loan. Farmers do not need to take out a new loan in order to buy more animals since they are already getting income from the ones that they already own.
4) Donkeys and horses have been domesticated longer than dogs
Donkeys and horses have been domesticated longer than dogs, but they’re still not as tame as the latter. Many people think donkeys are stubborn because they don’t do well with training, but this is actually just a myth. Donkeys have always been hard to train due to their independent nature, but it doesn’t mean that they’re naturally stubborn. Horses, on the other hand, are very trainable animals.
5) Cows are very intelligent, friendly animals
The average cow is 2,000 pounds in weight and can produce around 10,000 pounds of milk in a year. Cows are also very intelligent animals. They have been shown to be able to remember the face of a farmer that saved them from being slaughtered after they were spooked by a passing car.
6) Goats make good companions
Goats make good companions because they are low maintenance, social, independent, and active. They also like to have a lot of space to roam around. It is easy to find goats that suit your personality because they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities. Goats are also really intelligent animals with the ability to learn tricks.
7) Dogs can be found in almost every part of the world
Farmers all over the world use animals to work, to guard their property, as a companion or for food. They come in all shapes, sizes and species. One of the most common animals on farms is the dog. Dogs can be found in almost every part of the world, often assisting with labor.
8) Horses are social animals, who have great memories
Horses are social animals, who have great memories. They can recognize the people they know by sight and by smell. Horses will also remember something as long as 6 months after it has happened. These horses have a memory that is better than that of a dog’s!
9) Sheep are curious and friendly
Sheep are curious and friendly animals. They’ll come up to you to investigate if you make a noise or offer them some food. At the same time, sheep are also known for their shyness, so don’t be surprised if they back away at first.
10) One man’s trash is another’s pet
- The title of the world’s oldest cat ever recorded was given to Creme Puff, who lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas. She died at 38 years and 3 days old in August 2005.
- The heaviest pet on record is Herman the German shepherd from St Louis City, Missouri weighing 44kg (97lb) at the age of 10 months old.