Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day with 45 Adorable Tattoos - Tattoo Ideas, Artists and Models

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.

Dogs

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

Cats

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

Rabbits

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

Birds

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

Fish

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