Breeding Pets in The Sims 2: Pets

Your guide to getting your animals to mate

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Before you can breed pets in The Sims 2: Pets, the two animals must get along with each other. If your furry friends aren't feeling frisky, there are a few tricks you can try to get them to mate.

Information in this article applies to The Sims 2: Pets on PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PSP.

Breeding Pets in The Sims 2

There are a few prerequisites for breeding pets in The Sims 2:

  • You must have a pet house.
  • You must have a good relationship with the pet.
  • The pets must have a good relationship with each other (more than 25 points daily).

When pets are ready to breed, they'll go into the pet house. When the female animal gets pregnant, you'll hear the same sound that plays when a Sim conceives. She'll be pregnant for three days before delivering, just like with Sims.

The Sim's pet may give birth to up to four puppies or kittens. The maximum size of a litter is dependent on how many Sims and animals are already in the house. After they are born, kittens and puppies can be sold or given to other Sim families. The amount of money you earn depends on how well the pet has been trained.

Large and Small Dog Breeding in The Sims 2

While it's possible to breed a small dog and a large dog, animals can be only as large as their mothers, so a small female dog will always give birth to small puppies. You'll generally have better luck breeding pets of the same size. If you want a big dog, make sure both of the parents are large.

What to Do When Your Pets Won't Breed

If your pets are having trouble with their relationship, try keeping them in an empty room together to force them to play with each other. If there aren't any toys, and just some food, litter boxes, and beds, it'll be easier for them to breed.

Here are some more breeding tips:

  • Don't forget that you need a house for the animal to breed in.
  • If your pet isn't breeding, make sure it isn't already pregnant. Wait a few days for the pet to deliver, and then you can try again.
  • If your pets are aggressive to one another, you can force them to get along by scolding them.
  • Praise your pets for playing with each other to encourage them.
  • Don't try to breed to animals of the same gender. Use the Sim's relationship bar to see which male/female symbol belongs to the animal.

There are cheats codes for the PS2 version of Sims 2: Pets that unlock extra accessories for your pets and change their fur color.

How Many Pets Can You Have in Sims 2: Pets?

A lot maxes out at a total of ten Sims and pets, with no more than eight Sims or six pets. In other words, you can have up to six pets on a lot with four (or fewer) Sims. Likewise, you can have a lot with six Sims and four pets or eight Sims and two pets.

Ideally, you want to keep pairs of animals of the opposite gender so that you can breed them.