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  • Guinea Pig

    Breed: Cavy (Guinea Pig) Temperament: quiet and manageable Cost: $5-$45 Lifespan:   up to 11 years, average 4-5 years Maintenance:... read more
  • Standardbred Horse

    Breed: Standardbred Horse Temperament: calm, resilient Cost: often free, although average $300 Lifespan: 25 years Maintenance: high Recommended for: experienced... read more
  • Cat Scratching Post

    No matter how cute and how cuddly your cat might seem, there’s always a little tiger lurking inside, waiting to... read more
  • Dog Dumpage

    ‘Burke’s Backyard’, in conjunction with the RSPCA, completed an Australia-wide (all mainland states but not Tasmania) research project to compare... read more
  • Tropical Fish

    Breed: tropical fish Temperament: varies from passive to aggressive Cost: $1-$1000 (per fish) Lifespan: 6 months to 15 years Maintenance:... read more
  • Newfoundland

    Breed: Newfoundland  Temperament: placid, affectionate and eager to please  Cost: from $1000  Lifespan: 10-12 years  Maintenance: high  Recommended for: large... read more
  • Building Exercise into Your Life

    Nutrition Scientist, Joanna MacMillan-Price, recommended building some activity into your life every day. That way you’ll soon be much more... read more
  • Feeding Native Birds

    Recent research in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Australia shows that gardens are critically important for the... read more
  • Scorpion

    Breed: Australian Scorpions Temperament: varies according to species Cost: $40-$70 each, $150-$200 set up Lifespan: 2-4 years Maintenance: low Recommended for: over 18s, insect enthusiasts It’s... read more
  • Wiltipoll Sheep

    Breed: Wiltshire Poll Sheep   Temperament: docile  Cost: $200 (pet) $600 (breeding)  Lifespan: 10 years  Maintenance: low  Recommended for: semi-rural settings  ... read more
  • Australian Mist Cats

      Breed: Australian Mist Temperament: intelligent, friendly Cost: around $450 Lifespan: average 12 years Maintenance: low Recommended for: most everyone – families, singles and elderly History... read more
  • Greyhounds

      Greyhounds Breed: Greyhound Temperament: docile, placid Lifespan: 12-14 years Maintenance: low Recommended for: families  Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) Within the greyhound racing industry, up... read more