As we spend more time indoors this fall and winter season we wanted to inspire animal lovers young and old to put phones down and plan a family game night. Game playing has been around for many hundreds of years, but family night has definitely gained popularity in the last 100 years. It is a great way to get everyone out of their phones and communicating.
Of course the team at Wild Love Tails wanted to share their favorite animal themed board games, playing cards and puzzles. Finding the best pet themed games, gifts and gadgets is what we love to do.
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Game night does not mean leaving your favorite furry friends out. Play on the floor and make sure they are on a team or assign them a playing piece so they can have some fun too.
People have been entertaining themselves with creative games that build skills, exercise the brain and make us laugh. There are some pretty famous board games like Chess, Monopoly and Scrabble, but did you know there were pet themed games that will top your list. From classics to new games, here are our choices for best pet themed games, a little history about the game and a few fun tips.
Chess is a very old and interesting game. The legend has it that it was invented in China around 200 B.C. by commander, Hán Xin, who was said to have created the game to represent a particular battle, but it was not played in the traditional way. It was not until the 7th century A.D. that chess came back on the scene with new rules of play. Chess has taken on a life of its own over the years with tournaments being created in its honor, elaborately created chess pieces and a game shared by some very important people.
“I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” – Marcel Duchamp
The game pieces feature kings, queens and knights, but our choice had to be this set of Dogs Verses Cats Chess Set. The pieces are beautifully made in Italy and are a great set to keep on display. The pieces are solid resin and beautifully hand-painted. They sit on a standard 1 inch base with felt pads. The set does not come with the board, you can replace your standard pieces or check out the board with storage drawer below.
The chess opponents choose to be the cats or the dogs and may the best succeed by the end of this game of strategy. A game for two, one can hold the cat on their lap, while the other can snuggle with the dog during the game.
For a bit of inspiration, the Netflix Movie, “The Queens Goblet” is a great movie that takes everyone inside the game. The movie is definitely not for young viewers, but has gotten strong reviews and worth the watch.
If you are also in need of a chess board, this is a great choice. Beautifully made and includes a storage drawer to house each piece in its own compartment to help them retain their beauty.
Checkers is also an old game with simple moves and lots of strategy. We love this Dog Checkers version with dog bowls rather than checker pieces that you can fill with dog bones to crown yourself.
Board games have been around since 3500 B.C. and are generally based on strategy, luck or experience. They can be a fun way to teach children life skills, encourage interaction with other humans or a good way to pass the time. The excitement definitely increases when animals are the focus.
Who does not love Monopoly? We sure do and who knew there was a Monopoly version dedicated to dogs, Dog Opoly and one all about cats, Cat Opoly. The boards are fun, the properties are great and the playing pieces are all pet themed. The games are set up just like Monopoly, but each game is dog or cat themed.
Made by Late for the Sky who began making specialty board games in 1984. Their first game was MIAMIOPOLY, based on Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The company founder and president is a 1980 graduate of Miami University and her time spent there served as the inspiration for the first game. They now offer a wide range of themed and even custom games.
And Kids Monopoly – Cats Vs. Dogs
Need a version for younger family members, here is a Cats vs. Dogs version of Monopoly that is great. The game asks “Which Side Are You On?” The game pieces are fun, the paw print money is perfect and you might get a snuggle or a lick along the way. Deal your kitty or pup in and help them play too.
The Cat Game and The Dog Game are so much fun and the game boxes are so funny. Designed for ages 16+ these are terrific games to play with older kids, friends and adult family. This interactive drawing game is a lot of fun and will keep the laughs going. Designed by The Spin Master Company, founded in 1994 by two childhood friends.
and of course one for the Dog.
More Pet Themed Board Games
Kid’s Pet Themed Games
Shelby’s Snack Shack Game was created for preschool learning and is a fun way for kids 4 and up to have fun while learning. Ideal for 2-4 players, this game encourages counting and adding.
Soggy Doggy is an action packed game for kids filled with bath time fun and adventure. You help wash the dog and he shakes himself dry. Whoever makes it around the bathtub wins. Perfect for kids 4 and up and you can play with 2-4 players.
Walk theDog is a fun game for kids 7 and up, this game of clever thinking will help you stay untangled and go on to win the game.
Playing Cards & Card Games
Playing cards is a great pastime for all ages. A fun way to learn numbers, strategy and the memory. We found some amazing pet themed card games, beautiful designed decks of cards and silly animal images that make you want to flip to the next card.
Created by Grandpa Beck’s Games, Nuts About Mutts is a simple elimination card game that is perfect for kids 7 and up. The art is wonderful, the game is simple and perfect for 3-8 players.
Hand Painted Dog Playing Cards and Hand Painted Cat Playing Cards – these beautiful playing cards are a great gift for animal lovers alike. Made by Elephant Playing Cards, which began with a the design of a single deck of cards. They collaborate with talented artists from around the world to create amazing card decks.
and for the cat!!
Here are some other great animal and pet card choices that make the perfect stocking stuffers, small gift exchange or thank you gift to your best animal lover.
Puzzles pass the time for young and old and these great dog and cat puzzles will be fun for animal loving families. Gift as a gift to dog walkers, dog groomers and dog sitters or keep for your pet loving family.
So next time you are picking up a game for family game night, a gift for a dog or cat loving friend or a dirty Santa gift exchange, why not a pet themed board game, puzzle or deck of cards and we hope one of our Best Pet Themed Game featured items inspires you!