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Having pets can be a wonderful experience.  Whether you own a pet as a companion, or solely for your love of animals, having an animal friend to fill your house with warmth and life can be great.

There are all kinds of animals beyond cats and dogs that make excellent house pets, but you may find it surprising how many exotic animals you can invite into your home like pot-bellied pigs to Pygmy goats.

Here is a list of five adorable exotic pets, that you had no idea were legal to own in Canada:

Capybara


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The world’s largest rodent species is a lot like owning a dog-sized hamster.  While they can make decent pets, they do eat a lot of grass and require a space to go swimming.  Also, not that great of a pet for children as they have large sharp teeth and can get aggressive.

Wallaby 

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The native Australian animal that is essentially a small kangaroo is a surprisingly popular pet in Alberta.  These social pets can get up to three-feet long and can even be trained.  Although they do require a lot of upkeep, the fact you need to offer them a pouch to sleep in makes them even more adorable.

Muntjac Deer

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The Muntjac deer is also known as the barking deer- like bark like a dog.  They can grow to as large as 20 pounds but start out looking like a tiny Bambi.  The best part about them is that they will answer to their own name and use a litter box. 

Sugar Glider

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These tiny marsupials earned their name for their love of the sweet stuff and their ability to glide.  As pets, they can respond to commands and their names, but as colony creatures, they will literally die of loneliness if you don’t bring home more than one.

Fennec Fox

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 The most adorable exotic pet award goes to these tiny little foxes.  As independent as cats and as affectionate as dogs, the Fennec fox sounds like the perfect pet.  They love to be played with but are sensitive to too much noise, so keep things chill.