Ms Doelle says she has also received more requests from people wishing to give up their pets. “It’s quite a sad day when people have to make a choice of either feeding their animals or their children. For some people, sadly, it has got to that situation.” Nile goose, a favourite household pet of the ancient Egyptians, may have served such a purpose. The herding and guarding of livestock is another practical use of pets, in particular the dog. Over the centuries, many specialized breeds of dog have been developed to suit this purpose.
- Pet ownership by animals in the wild, as an analogue to the human phenomenon, has not been observed and is likely non-existent in nature.
- Hutch, or cage, pets can be kept indoors or outdoors, and paddock pets are stabled outdoors.
- The first large show, which would host one thousand entries, took place in Chelsea in 1863.