Lisa Acho Remorenko

What Kind of Pet Should I Adopt?

If you are considering adopting a pet after the holidays, here is a quiz we came up with to determine what type of pet suits your family’s needs. Write down your answers to the following ten questions, and then look below for your results. This quiz is a general guide to help you determine which pet matches your lifestyle. As always, talk to your local animal shelter for more advice on adopting. You can also find homeless animals online at

To take the automated quiz, use internet explorer and go to and click on “Adopt a Pet”

If you answered mostly A’s, your home would be best suited for an active dog of these breeds (mixed breeds of these types as well):

Dogs with very high exercise requirements: Herding dogs (Australian Cattle dog, Australian Shepherd, Collie, Corgi); Terriers (Boston Terrier, Jack Russell, West Highland Terrier, Wheaton Terrier)

Dogs with high exercise requirements: Working dogs (Akita, Boxer Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, English Bull Dog, German Shepherd, Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, Schnauzer); Sight or scent hounds (Afghan hound, Beagle, Basenji, Greyhound); Sporting dog (Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Labrador Retriever, Portuguese Water Dog)

If you answered mostly Bs, your home would be best suited for a moderate dog or an outgoing cat or rabbit (mixed breeds of these types as well):

Dogs with moderate exercise requirements: Lap dogs (Bichon Frise, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Miniature Pinscher, Pomeranian, Pug, Shih Tzu, Silky, Yorkshire Terriers); Gentle Giants (Basset Hound, Saint Bernard, Bernese Mountain Dog, Great Dane, Newfoundland); Scent hounds (Bloodhound, Coonhound)

Cats with outgoing personalities: Abyssinian, Himalayan, Maine Coon, Siamese

Rabbits with outgoing personalities: Small rabbits (Dutch, Dwarf, Mini Lop); Medium rabbits (Angora, Rex); Large rabbits (American, English Lop)

If you answered mostly C’s, your home would be best suited for a quiet, laid back cat with one of these breeds (mixed breeds of these types as well):

Cats with laid-back personalities: Manx, Persian, Scottish Fold

If you answered mostly D’s, your home would be best suited for a bird or rodent.

Birds: Cockatiel, Parakeet

Rodents: Guinea Pig, Gerbil, Hamster, Mouse, Rat

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