February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day and depending on the species you have, that can be shown in many different ways. For example, if you have a dog, that can be shown by taking your pup for an extra long walk and giving them a special treat. If you're a cat person, you can show your kitty how much you love him/her by extending play time and giving them extra wet food for dinner. And if you have a more uncommon pet, like a hamster, fish or bird—I'm sure you can figure out how to show them you love them.

And if you don't have a pet, never fear! We've curated a tattoo guide to pet ownership, breaking down the most popular pet species and hopefully making it easier to find your new best friend.


Most Popular Breeds: Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, French Bulldog

Level of Difficulty: 5/10

Pros: Social, Affectionate, Easy to Train

Cons: Needs Space, Requires Daily Outdoor Exercise, Expensive

Lifespan: 10-13 years


Most Popular Breeds: Domestic Shorthair, Domestic Longhair, Maine Coon, Siamese

Level of Difficulty: 3/10

Pros: Independent, Low-Maintenance, Don't Require Much Space

Cons: Shedding, May Damage Furniture, Strong-Willed

Lifespan: 13-17 years


Most Popular Breeds: Lionhead, Mini Lop, Rex, Netherland Dwarf

Level of Difficulty: 4/10

Pros: Quiet, Affectionate, Doesn't Require Much Space

Cons: Fragile, Difficult Cleanup, May Need Specialized Veterinary Care

Lifespan: 8-12 years


Most Popular Breeds: Parakeet, Cockatiel, Finch, Lovebirds

Level of Difficulty: 6/10

Pros: Minimal Grooming, Inexpensive, Social

Cons: Loud, Messy, May Need Specialized Veterinary Care

Lifespan: 5-30 years


Most Popular Breeds: Betta, Goldfish, Angelfish, Guppies

Level of Difficulty: 1/10

Pros: Low Maintenance, Doesn't Need Much Space, Quiet

Cons: Short Lifespan, Not Affectionate, Easy to Forget

Lifespan: 3-5 years

Rodents (Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Rats, Mice, Gerbils)

Most Popular Breeds: Syrian Hamsters, Fancy Mouse, Guinea Pig, Common Rat

Level of Difficulty: 2/10

Pros: Doesn't Require Much Space, Affectionate, Low Maintenance

Cons: Nocturnal, Short Lifespan, Many Health Issues

Lifespan: 1-5 years

Reptiles (Iguanas, Turtles, Geckos, Snakes)

Most Popular Breeds: Bearded Dragon, Leopard Gecko, Snake, Tortoise, Turtle

Level of Difficulty: 6/10

Pros: Quiet, Hypo-Allergenic, No Training

Cons: Expensive, Requires Specific Equipment, Specialized Diet

Lifespan: 5-8 years (lizards), 15-30 years (snakes), 40-50 years (tortoise)

Farm Animals (Horses, Pigs, Goats, Chickens)

Most Common Breeds: American Quarter Horse, Potbellied Pig, Alpine Goat, Orpington Chicken

Level of Difficulty: 8/10

Pros: Can Live Indoor and Outdoor, Can Be Used for Farming, Affectionate

Cons: High Maintenance, Needs Specialized Veterinary Care, Needs Outdoor Space

Lifespan: Varied

Exotic (Hedgehogs, Tarantulas, Scorpions, Chimpanzees)

Most Popular Breeds: African Pygmy Hedgehog, Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula, Emperor Scorpion

Level of Difficulty: 6/10

Pros: Doesn't Require Much Space

Cons: Can Be Obtained Inhumanly, Requires Specialized Veterinary Care, Expensive

Lifespan: Varied