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Domesticated animals are those which have changed over time at the genetic level, frequently by breeding, in a manner that allows them to live among human beings. One of the attendant consequences of domestication is that the animal becomes dependent on humans and lose their ability to live in their own habitat, by their own instincts. Some examples of domestic animals are sheep, the domestic pig, cattle, horses, and water buffalo. Pets are a type of domesticated animals. They are tamed animals which are kept for companionship or protection and which give and are given affection by the pet owner, as opposed to livestock, laboratory, and working animals.


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