When you’re looking for a pet, what’s most important is that you ensure that not only are they the right fit for your home, but your home is the right fit for them. Just as you wouldn’t want to get a big dog for a small apartment, you might want a pet that can make use of all that land outside your home, if you have it. For that reason, we’re going to look at some outdoor animals who make excellent pets.

Labrador retriever

If you like the idea of welcoming a dog into your home but you want to keep it out of the house for a lot of the day, then a labrador retriever can be a great choice. They need human companionship and play just like any other dog, but they can have the best of times running around a big garden, the more space the better for these highly energetic pups, and they do well in finished outdoor doghouses, weather prevailing.

Rabbits

These little long-eared creates are extremely popular as outdoor pets, thanks to the fact that they don’t need a lot of fussing, and that their fluffy fur keeps them comfortable outdoors. Rabbits still need a sizeable hutch, as you can see at Rabbit Welfare, and should be let out into a secured area to get their exercise. Gentle-hearted as they are, rabbits do love to play and hate being alone.

Pigs

Once upon a time, pigs were as popular a pet as dogs for homes that were in the country. They’re very intelligent and characterful creatures and can be taught commands just as easily as any dog. However, they are slightly more independent than our canine companions. Aside from growing very large indeed, it should be noted that pigs do smell a lot, so you have to be sure that you can tolerate that.

Alpacas

They might not be the most common of pets, but you can own and house an alpaca. Aside from being cute and fluffy, they have great temperaments, which is why they’re so commonly seen in petting zoos and can be found easily at places like GB Alpacas. However, it is worth noting that the emotional health of alpacas is heavily dependant on their status as a pack animal, so no llama breeder would ever recommend getting just one.

Hens

If you want a garden full of noise and activity, then there’s nothing like a circle of hens to bring the place to life. That said, hens are actually pretty low maintenance compared to a lot of outdoor pets. They keep the yard clean, take care of pests, and even control weeds naturally. What’s more, they lay plenty of eggs that can be kept for your own dinner or sold for a little pocket money.

As well as making sure that you have the land that these animals need to be happy, ensure that you get to know their needs for shelter and care before you make any big decisions, too.