Virtual Pet Worlds
Online virtual pet worlds range from simple sites with games for children, to virtual pet fighting sites, to sites where people can create fantasy pets. The sites appeal to different age groups ranging from pre-school children to adults. Some of the virtual pet sites have been created by toy manufacturers to correlate with their non-digital pet toys like
robotic pets or
WowWee's robotic pets.
But it's not necessary to own a real life pet in order to enjoy and participate in the online world of digital pets.
Virtual dog lovers
If you're a dog lover, there are many virtual pet worlds to choose from. Those who are interested in competition can join
The Show Dog Game
and participate as "breeder, owner, handler, trainer, and groomer of your show dogs." If you're interested in dog breeding,
lets you simulate breeding puppies, including calculating the genetics of your breeding pair. Within these sites you can choose your favorite breed, whether it's a Labrador Retriever, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or a Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
Entertainment and education
The British Humane Society offers
a pet game that can include the whole family. Along with offering a variety of animals to choose from (cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits and more), it offers education and advice for the realities of non-digital pet care. The site is designed to entertain as well as teach people of all ages how to become responsible real life pet owners by providing simulated situations, problems and solutions.
Variety of virtual pets
Virtual pet worlds for cats, fish, cattle, sheep and horses are easy to find online. If you are interested in virtual poultry breeding, you would have enjoyed Poultryland
where you could create your own line of designer chickens. If you own non-digital chickens, you could experiment online with crossing a Chanticleer with a Campine and see whether you would like the real life results. Unfortunately Poultryland isn't available online since May 2011. Children who love playing with fantasy ponies can create unicorns other fanciful ponies at
is a great site for kids who enjoy whimsical monsters.
Realistic and fantasy pets
The Second Life
community provides the opportunity for its residents to design and create both realistic and fantasy pets. From cats and dogs to alien beings, if you can dream it up, you can create it. And if you would prefer to rent a virtual pet rather than own one, you can do that, too.
Creating pets from scratch
But there is one online community that let's you act as the creator of life itself. The site is called
and the premise follows planetary evolution from life's beginning as a single cell through its development into whatever life forms you choose to create. This site definitely takes the concept of virtual pet worlds to its ultimate extreme.
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