What makes a pet weird? For some people, anything outside of the traditional cat/dog dichotomy may seem weird. However, while cats and dogs still remain highly popular pet choices, these days everything from domesticated rodents or rabbits, to exotic reptiles and birds can be considered conventional pets to own. On the other hand, if you own a miniature horse or a sloth, your choice of pet might be considered slightly weird by most people.
That being said, when it comes to weirdness, no real life pet can compete with some of the bizarre creatures that have been portrayed in movies. While the basketball-playing golden retriever in Air Bud and the murderous St. Bernard in Cujo put a weird twist on the traditional dog-owning pet experience, some of the strangest pets seen in films are animals that couldn’t possibly exist in real life.
Because there are so many strange movie pets to choose from, the pets included in this list were limited to live action creatures (sorry, fans of Lilo & Stitch). Since it’s hard to say which fictional movie pets are weirder than others, the pets included in this list were also selected according to our personal opinion of what constitutes a weird pet. However, feel free to comment about your favorite weird movie pet that we may have overlooked. Keeping those caveats in mind, here are seven pets portrayed in movies that we think are pretty damn weird. Pets are listed according to their first movie appearances, from earliest to latest, rather than their relative weirdness.