1. Your house is likely to burn down.
Much of your house is made of wood. The floors, the roof timbers, maybe the walls. If you live in a thatched house, the roof is made of straw. As soon as a ‘pet’ dragon breathes out, it will, of course, be breathing fire. The curtains will burn, then the walls and soon you won’t have a home any more.
2. They steal anything shiny.
You will have heard about magpies collecting shiny things and keeping them in their nests. Dragons are much, much worse. Dragons like to steal anything shiny and especially anything made of gold, like a ring on your finger. They might bite your finger off to get at the ring too. Then you’ll never get it back (the ring nor the finger). Dragons are worse hoarders than misers.
3. Even baby dragons are not cute or cuddly.
Everyone loves puppies or kittens. They are so cuddly and can be forgiven anything, as you can pick them up and stroke them. The problem with a dragon, even a baby dragon, is their skin is all tough and scaly. You can’t stroke them at all – even if you can near them. Of course, if you will not accept my advice and do keep a dragon as a pet, don’t get a puppy. It will eat it.
4. Dragons eat babies.
If you think dragons might like puppies or kittens as a tasty snack, there’s still more to worry about. Dragons eat babies the moment someone looks away. They’re not sensitive about whose baby it is, or whether he or she lives in the house with them. They’re cruel like that.
5. Dragons are huge – even little ones.
Another problem with dragons is that they are huge. If you are very lucky and live in a huge house and think that’s OK, then think again. I mean really huge. Longer than a long car. Fatter than a fat cow. That means they are heavy and as soon as they start stomping around inside (and I mean stomp as they really want to be outside), they’ll start breaking things.
6. Dragons are warriors, not domestic pets.
Dragons are fighters and warriors and are not friendly. That’s why great Kings put dragons on their flags and shields, like Uther Pendragon, father of King Arthur. In fact generally, they are downright evil, which is why King Arthur had to kill one. If you want a dragon, it’s better to have a picture of a dragon on a wall.
7. Dragons need a lot to eat – especially if they have several heads.
Dragons eat a lot and want a lot of meat (quite apart from all the puppies and babies). In fact, even if you run a butcher’s shop, it’s unlikely you will be able to give them enough food. Remember, a dragon needs at least six meals a days, plus snacks. Some dragons have three or more heads. That makes them even hungrier.
8. Dragons live a long time.
Dragons can live for hundreds or thousands of years. Even if you are one of those one-in-ten-million people who can actually befriend a dragon, it will live far longer than you. And even an evil dragon can be lonely, so it’s no fair on the poor thing.
So, in short, “DON’T KEEP A DRAGON AS A PET!”
Do you have any suggestions why you shouldn’t keep a dragon?