The difference between Wild and Domestic clown breeds.

Okay so I’m seeing a lot of posts ‘debating’ whether clowns are suitable as pets… the answer is yes AND no.

Clowns have been domesticated for centuries; there are companion breeds, and livestock breeds, such as meat breeds.

However clowns captured from the WILD are more prone to stress under captive confinement; because they have not been bred to cope with captivity as well as domestic and livestock breeds, it can lead to many problems down the line.  Their senses are more adapted for the wild, whilst domestic breeds are much more easily able to put up with captive stress, and aren’t on constant ‘high alert.’

Example of a wild clown:

Notice how alert and unafraid they are. 

If threatened, they WILL become dangerous, so if you DO see a clown like this, please try not to approach it, make yourself look confident with your hands on your hips, and slowly back away whilst laughing softly to prevent the clown charging.

In captivity they can be docile but also MUCH more stressed than domestic clown breeds. They can be playful and sociable but can become VERY possessive over their perceived property.

Clown-human attacks are rare, and they have a very bad reputation but if you can learn to recognize the signs and prevent attacks it is best, they aren’t the monsters they are made out to be.

Anyway, now onto domestic breeds;

The Red-Nosed Smiler

Here is your typical companion clown, they are very friendly, interactive and willing to play and socialize. Notice the open, friendly posture, and softer eye-contact.

This breed typically weighs between 75-80kg and requires 2 bags of clown kibble per week, as well as a suitable, spacious enclosure of 10 feet per clown, however they can be kept as indoor pets just fine too, as long as they are provided with the appropriate toys.

They are NOT suitable as livestock, and prefer human companionship.

They don’t need other clowns to socialize with and prefer human socialization, however, they can become very attached to their owners and undergo great stress when separated, some have been known to rip their red-honkers off.

Meat Breeds

These are your typical meat/livestock breeds, they prefer the companionship of each other and it is recommended that you keep them in an outdoor enclosure and with one or more of their own species.


This is another type of livestock breed, known as layers, they lay daily, however under stress or shedding they may temporarily stop laying, or lay less eggs.

They typically lay 300-320 eggs per year, or jeggs (Juggler eggs) and hatchling Jugglers are referred to as ‘jugglets.’

Shedding typically occurs once or twice a year - do not be alarmed when your clown sheds, it is the natural process of ridding and renewing their bodies. Sometimes with each shed their hair may come out in a different shade, but it depends upon the individual clown.

To summarise;

Please properly research your clowns before purchasing. You do not want to end up with a breed that will put you and your clown under stress.

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