I am confused on the difference between animaux de compagnie et animaux domestiques. If someone could explain the difference I would be most grateful.
There is a subtle difference between the two terms:
- "Animaux de compagnie" generally refers to "Pets", animals kept for companionship and pleasure and they are usually considered members of the family such as dogs and cats.
- "Animaux domestiques" is a broader term that encompasses all animal living with humans in a domestic setting, whether for companionship, work or other purposes. This can include not only pets such as cats and dogs but also domesticated farm animals like cows, horses, sheep, etc.